Mgcini Keith Phuthi

PhD Candidate
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Email: mphuthi at andrew dot cmu dot edu

About Me

I am a Mechanical Engineering PhD Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University at the intersection of Energy Storage, Computational Science and Education. My advisor is Prof. Venkat Viswanthan . Our work puts a strong focus on innovating towards clean, sustainable and efficient energy sources grounded in fundamental science.

I was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and have always had an interest in science and engineering as well as methods to improve access to science education through practice, policy and culture shifts.


Leder, A., Anderson, A.J., Billard, J., Figueroa-Feliciano, E., Formaggio, J.A. , Hasselkus, C., Newman, E., Palladino, K., Phuthi, M., Winslow, L., Zhang, L., 2018. Unfolding neutron spectrum with Markov Chain Monte Carlo at MIT research Reactor with He-3 Neutral Current Detectors. J. Inst. 13, P02004–P02004. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-0221/13/02/P02004

Butterworth, J., Triqueneaux, S., Midlik, Š., Golokolenov, I., Gerardin, A., Gandit, T., Donnier-Valentin, G., Goupy, J., Phuthi M.K., Schmoranzer, D., Collin, E., Fefferman, A., 2022. Superconducting aluminum heat switch with 3 nΩ equivalent resistance. Review of Scientific Instruments 93, 034901. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0079639


8/1/2022: Attended the IAIFI summer school on the applications of Physics in Machine Learning and Machine Learning in Physics

6/5/2022: Presented a poster at the Gordon Research Conference for Batteries on the development of a Machine Learning Interaction Potential.

Current broad research interests at CMU are: Past research projects at MIT include: Past Research projects at Institut Néel include:

Press Highlights

Teaching and Outreach
I have frequently volunteered/worked as a teacher for: