Name Description

Prof. J N Reddy
Oscar S. Wyatt Jr. Chair,
Texas A&M University, USA.

Professor Reddy has made several significant contributions to research and education in applied mechanics, and computational mechanics in particular, through his works on primal-dual variational principles, refined shear deformation theories of composite plates and shells, linear and nonlinear finite element analysis of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and solid and structural mechanics, nonlocal and nonclassical continuum mechanics, and authorship of many well-received text books. In particular, Reddy’s recent research deals with 6- and 12-parameter shell theories for accurate prediction of stresses, buckling loads, and frequencies of laminated composite structures and the development and application of non-local and non-classical continuum theories using the ideas of Eringen, Ericson, Mindlin, Koiter, and others. With his colleague Dr. A.R. Srinivasa, Dr. Reddy has developed a thermodynamically based strain gradient elasticity theory that contains Mindlin’s model as a special case. His works with K.S. Surana on non-classical continuum mechanics and with Debasish Roy of the Indian Institute of Science on discrete fracture and flow, micropolar cohesive damage, and continuum plasticity of metalsare gaining attention.

Prof. Arun Srinivasa
Texas A&M University, USA.

Dr. Srinivasa has earned an outstanding reputation as both a scholar and mechanical engineering educator. He is best known for his work on crystal plasticity and the dissipative response of solids and fluids as well as his innovative and deep scientific work on smart materials and structures. He has co-authored and edited 3 books, one of which is a graduate text on inelasticity (Inelasticity of Materials: An Engineering Approach and Practical Guide, World Scientific, 2009) and the other two on the modelling of smart materials and components (Smart Devices: Modelling of Material Systems, American Institute of Physics, 2008; Design of Shape Memory Alloy Actuators, Springer Briefs in Applied Sciences and Technology, 2015). Srinivasa and Reddy have developed a thermodynamically consistent formulation that accounts for the couple stress effects at continuum level (published in Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids) and a computational approach, termed GraFEA, for the prediction of fracture and its propagation (the idea appeared in Meccanica).

Dr. A. Rajagopal
Indan Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India.

Dr. Rajagopal’s research expertise is on computational in elasticity, finite element and mesh free methods. Earlier to joining IIT Hyderabad he worked as a post doctoral researcher at the Chair of applied mechanics, University of Erlangen, Nurenberg, Germany, under the guidance of Prof. Paul Steinmann. During this time he has worked in the area of polygonal finite element and mesh free methods applied to nonlinear gradient elasticity and phase field simulations. Earlier he has obtained his PhD from IIT Madras, on developing Finite Element Mesh adaption techniques based on mechanics of material / configurational forces for plane problems, bimaterial interfaces and composite plates, under guidance of Prof. C.S. Krishnamoorthy and Prof M. Sivakumar. He has authored several papers in these areas in leading journals.