Surendra Kumar Makineni is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Engineering, IISc Bangalore since 2020. He did his doctoral thesis work on high-temperature alloys from the same department in 2016. He moved as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan for one year and later as a Humboldt fellow in Max-Planck-Institute for Iron Research, Düsseldorf. His group primarily works on various materials for engineering applications such as aerospace, automobiles, etc. They manipulate structures at the atomic-scale by elemental additions to design new materials with improved properties. The main areas are Superalloys (Co- and Ni-based), Light Metal Alloys (Al- and Mg-based), and other engineering alloys such as Cu-based, High entropy alloys, etc. Additionally, with advanced microscopy characterization methods, they correlate the effect of local structure and compositional changes directly to the material strength and creep properties.