Victor Venturi

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email: vventuri at mit dot edu
Office: 13-4053 (Location)

About Me
I received my Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering with Minors in Computer Science and in Aerospace Enginnering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2017. During my undergraduate studies, I became the president of the Caltech Chess Club (2014-2017) and the Editor-in-Chief (2015-2017) of the BFD, the second largest undergraduate magazine on campus.
In 2019, I obtained my Master of Science (MS) from the Mechanical Engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). In 2022, I earned my Doctor of Phylosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Mechanical Engineering at CMU under the guidance of Prof. Venkat Viswanathan. During my Ph.D., I have combined first-principles calculations, machine learning, and continuum scale thermodynamic modeling to investigate materials for electrochemical applications. In particular, I focused on understanding the role that interfaces play in material performance, including their impacts on ionic conductivity and surface morphology evolution.
Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where I work with Prof. Rodrigo Freitas and Prof. Iwnetim Abate. My research projects involve using machine learning methods to study complex material structures, including grain boundaries and 2D heterostructures, at accuracy levels near those of ab-initio calculations.
Since 2013, I have worked as a volunteer mentor for Prep Estudar Fora, a program run by Fundação Estudar that aids Brazilian high school students in preparing for higher education abroad.
My hobbies include playing chess, skateboarding, and collecting vinyls.

Among my research interests are: Publications can be found on my Google Scholar.

During my academic career, I have been a Teaching Assistant (TA) for a variety of courses: