About Events Expert Chat: Batten Professor Bala Mulloth and Engineering Professor Gaurav Giri, Co-founders of Hava, Inc. Expert Chat: Batten Professor Bala Mulloth and Engineering Professor Gaurav Giri, Co-founders of Hava, Inc. APRIL 15, 2020 11:00 AM Watch Here WATCH Social Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation in the Age of COVID-19 With the rise of the novel coronavirus, the need for personal protective equipment is soaring, but face masks are in short supply. For the last several years, two UVA professors—Batten professor Bala Mulloth and chemical engineering professor Gaurav Giri, co-founders of Hava, Inc.—have been developing a product that is now uniquely positioned to offer a fast, inexpensive, and environmentally conscious answer to the problem. Join the conversation via Zoom at 11 am on Wednesday, April 15, to learn more and hear how you can be part of the solution. Bala Mulloth Bala is a globally oriented educator and entrepreneur who has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and North America. Read full bio Gaurav Giri Gaurav Giri is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prof. Giri graduated from Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, working on the crystallization control of organic semiconductors for flexible electronic applications. His postdoctoral work focused on the use of microfluidics and continuous flow processing for the pharmaceutical industry. The Giri research group is focused on studying the fundamental processes (thermodynamic, kinetic, mechanical and optical) that lead to different organic molecule and metal-organic framework morphologies, and utilizing this knowledge to create innovative methods of controlling microstructure and phase for pharmaceutical and energy applications. Microfluidics and X-ray diffraction analysis methods feature strongly in our program to study organic molecule packing and morphology. Related Content Bala Mulloth Defense Technological Innovation: Issues and Challenges in an Era of Converging Technologies Research Bala Mulloth and co-authors Bharat Rao and Adam Jay Harrison explore defense technological innovation in this new release in the New Horizons Innovation Management series. Innovation Tradecraft: Sustaining Technological Advantage in the Future Army Research For more than three years, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has been improving how it innovates in the face of rapid technological change. Dozens of departmental, service, and agency initiatives have emerged to address different aspects of the innovation problem. Batten’s Bala Mulloth Receives COVID-19 Social Entrepreneurship Grant News A team of faculty that includes Batten professor Bala Mulloth have been awarded $110,000 for their proposal titled “Technology Driven Entrepreneurial Solutions to Address Healthcare Worker Protection Needs.” Two UVA professors developed an innovative new air-filtration venture. Then the pandemic hit. News In the latest installment of Batten’s expert chat series, Batten professor Bala Mulloth and Gaurav Giri, a professor in the department of chemical engineering, discussed how they’re pivoting their business venture to address the crisis.