PhD Students


Venkateswaran Shekar

Email:  vshekar (at) umassd (dot) edu

Thesis Title: TBD


Venkateswaran Shekar is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


Maskura Nafreen


Email: mnafreen (at) umassd (dot) edu

Thesis Title: TBD


Maskura Nafreen’s research interests include intelligent systems, statistical data analysis and modeling, tradespace analysis, and software reliability. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (January 2018) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She served as Chair of the IEEE AUST student branch, Ambassador to IEEE Extreme, and worked for Energypac Engineering Limited.

Christian Ellis

Email: cellis3 (at) umassd (dot) edu

Thesis Title: TBD


Christian Ellis’ research interests include autonomous systems and AI safety.



Saikath Bhattacharya, PhD

Thesis Title: Tradespace Analysis incorporating Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Affordability.


Saikath’s research interests include intelligent systems, prognostics and health management, machine learning, statistical data analysis and modeling, and tradespace analysis. He received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from KIIT Bhubaneswar (2011) and Nagpur University India (2009) in Electronics and Communication systems. He also studied briefly at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Vidhyashree Nagaraju, PhD

Thesis Title: Software Reliability and Security Assessment: Modeling and Algorithms.


Vidhyashree is an assistant professor at the University of Tulsa in the Tandy School of Computer Science, since August, 2020. Her research interests include software reliability, software metrics, performance evaluation, cyber security, system engineering, software rejuvenation, and maintenance theory.

Bentolhoda Jafary, PhD

Thesis Title: Reliability and Maintenance Modeling of Systems Subject to Positive and Negatively Correlated Component Failure.


Bentolhoda Jafary is a Reliability Engineer at AeroVironment in Simi Valley, California. She received her MS (2015) and PhD (2019) from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her research interests includes reliability modeling and maintainability.