Research and Teaching
Experimental and Theoretical
Mechanics; Blast Mitigation; Optical Methods; Fracture Mechanics; Composite Materials; Nano
Materials; Wave Propagation; Impact Mechanics and Elasticity.
Simon Ostrach Professor, Endowed
Chair, (2000-Present), Clark B. Milikan Visiting Professor, CALTECH, (2011); Interim Dean, College of Engineering
Chairman, (2000-2009); Distinguished Engineering Professor, (1997-2000); Professor, URI (1988-Present), Visiting Professor, Texas A&M
University, California Institute of Technology and IIT Kanpur, India,
sabbatical leave (1994-95); Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of
Technology, Kanpur, sabbatical leave (1987-1988) ;
Design Engineer, Voltas Ltd., India (1976).
Professional Memberships and Activities
Member Executive Committee, Applied Mechanics Division, ASME (2012-2017); President Society for Experimental
Mechanics (2002-2003); President Elect Society for Experimental Mechanics
(2001-2002); Vice-President, SEM (2000-2001); Technical Editor, International
Journal, Experimental Mechanics (1997-2000); Associate Technical Editor;
Experimental Mechanics (1987-1996); Associate Technical Editor International
Journal, Lasers and Optics in Engineering (1997-2012); Member Editorial
Board, STRAIN (2006-Present); Member Editorial
Advisory Board, Key Engineering Materials, Trans Tech Publications
(1997-Present); Member Editorial Board, International Journal, Lasers and
optics in Engineering, (1993-1996); Member, Executive Board SEM (1994-1996);
Chairman, Technical Divisions Council, SEM,(1995-1996); Chairman, Fellow's
Committee, SEM, (1996-1997, 2011-2012); Chairman Fracture Mechanics Committee,
ASME,1992-1995; Chairman, Fracture and Fatigue Division, SEM, 1992-1993;
Member, Honors Committee, SEM 1991- 1994, 2003-2006; Member, ASEE, AAM, ASME, ISTAM and SEM.
Awards and Distinctions
Elected to European Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2011; Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, 2001; Fellow of the
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1996; Fellow of the
Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), 1993; Murray Medal, SEM 2011; Taylor Award for Technical Excellence in Optical Stress Analysis, SEM 2012; Tatnall Award for Long and Distinguished Service to SEM 2012; College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award, 2012; University of Rhode Island Outstanding Contribution to Research Award, 2001; Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 2009; B. J. Lazan Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to
Experimental Mechanics, 2002; Received Educator
of the Year – M. M. Frocht Award, 2001;University of Rhode Island Research Achievement Award (2001); Vincent E. and Estelle Murphy Faculty Excellence
Award, College of Engineering, URI, 1998; ASTM Outstanding Paper Award J. of
Testing and Evaluation, 1998; The
University of Rhode Island's Scholarly Excellence Award, 1995; Albert E.
Carlotti Faculty Excellence Award, College of Engineering, URI, 1990.