Expertise and Interests:

  • Solid mechanics
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Mechanics of novel / non-traditional materials such as:
    • layered materials
    • functionally graded materials (FGM)
    • syntactic structural foams and cellular structures
    • additively printed materials
    • micro-/nano-composites and hierarchical materials
    • interpenetrating phase composites (IPC)
    • interpenetrating polymer networks (IPN)
    • soft materials
  • Photomechanics / optical metrology
  • Non-destructive testing and evaluation (NDT & E)
  • Optical/digital image processing

Broadly my research deals with (a) exploration of fracture and failure mechanics of advanced materials using experimental and computational methods, and (b) development of novel full-field optical sensors for experimental mechanics and metrology. 

My current interests include development and high-strain rate failure characterization of non-traditional materials such as functionally graded materials, hierarchical micro-/nano-composites, structural foams, soft materials, layered structures, lightweight structures, and 3D printed materials. Modeling the failure behavior using computational methods are integral to many of my research projects.

Subject Areas:

  • Fracture & Failure
  • High-Strain Rate Behavior
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Computational Modeling
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Shock and Impact
  • Optical Metrology
  • Advanced Materials
  • Composite Materials
Mechanical Engineering
PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Mechanical Engineering, 1988
MEng, Indian Institute of Science, India, Mechanical Engineering, 1982
BEng, Bangalore University, India, Mechanical Engineering, 1980
high strain rate phenomenon optical metrology 3d printing additive manufacturing mechanical engineering computational mechanics
American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Bioengineering Division