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Indian Structural Integrity Society proudly announces the InSIS Founding Fellows 2018. With this strength, InSIS now strongly aims to develop and extend knowledge in all aspects of Structural Integrity and disseminate that knowledge world-wide with the goal of improving the safety and performance of engineering equipment, components, and structures.

Dr. Krishnan Balasubramanian

Dr. Krishnan Balasubramanian is Chair Professor and Dean, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, India. Dr. Balasubramanian graduated with a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy in 1984 and proceeded to obtain his Masters (1986) and PhD (1989) from Drexel University in the USA. His professional career commenced with the position of Research Professor at Drexel University. From 1990 to 2000, he was a Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Mississippi State University before taking up his current teaching position at IIT.

Dr. Balasubramanian’s primary research interests relate to the fundamental and applied aspects of ultrasonics, acoustics and eddy-current in non-destructive evaluation and their extension to health monitoring and structural integrity, areas, in which he is recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished professionals, with a number of patents and close to 500 research publications in these areas, most in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Balasubramanian serves on the governing bodies of a number of government and private institutions in academia, R&D and industry. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation and serves on the editorial board of three other internal journals devoted to non-destructive testing.

Dr. Balasubramanian is Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers, Academia NDT International and Indian Society of Nondestructive Testing. He is the recipient of a number of awards including the Abdul P Kalam National Technology Innovation Fellowship (2018), DRDO Academic Excellence Award (2015), Roy Sharpe Prize (2012) of the Britsh Institute of Nondestructive Testing.

Prof. Alberto Carpinteri

Dr. Alberto Carpinteri is professor at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He received his Doctoral Degrees in Nuclear Engineering cum Laude (1976) and Mathematics cum Laude (1981) from the University of Bologna (Italy). He was previously the Director of the Fracture Mechanics Laboratory, Head of Department of Structural Engineering and Founding Director of the Post-Graduate School of Structural Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. He has over 900 publications to his credit. During his more than 35 years of service, Prof. Carpinteri has served several professional bodies. He was President, International Congress on Fracture, ICF (2009-2013), the European Structural Integrity Society, ESIS (2002-2006), the International Association of Fracture Mechanics for Concrete and Concrete Structures, lA-FraMCoS (2004-2007), the Italian Group of Fracture, IGF (1998-2005), the National Research Institute of Metrology, INRIM (2011-2013).

He has been on the Editorial board of thirteen international journals and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Meccanica”. Prof. Carpinteri is a Fellow of European Academy of Sciences, the International Academy of Engineering, Turin Academy of Sciences, the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a recipient of a number of awards including the Robert L’Hermite Medal from RILEM (1982), the Griffith Medal from ESIS (2008), the Swedlow Memorial Lecture Award from ASTM (2011), the Inaugural Paul Paris Gold Medal from ICF (2013), the Frocht Award from SEM (2017), and the Honorary Professorship from Tianjin University (2017).

Dr. Ravi Chona

Dr. Ravi Chona is United States Air Force Senior Scientist for Structures Dr. Ravi Chona graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1984 and proceeded to complete his Masters, then Doctoral studies in 1987. Dr. Chona joined AFRL in 2003 as a Senior Scientist, following 16 years on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he taught undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in engineering mechanics, experimental mechanics, fracture mechanics, and engineering design; conducted research; and mentored graduate students.

In his current role, he has built and leads a broad-based government-academia-industry research team attacking the aero-structural challenges of airplane-like, in-atmosphere, high-Mach flight, and plays a key role in defining the technical vector for US Air Force R&D investments targeting rapid creation of the necessary S&T. The author of over 125 technical publications, Dr. Chona has presented keynote, plenary and invited Lectures worldwide, as well as numerous papers at national and international conferences. He has also edited three archival monographs, served on the editorial boards of three major international journals, and organized and chaired national and international technical programs and symposia. In addition, Dr. Chona has supervised over 25 doctoral dissertations and master’s theses, and has mentored student teams tackling over 30 industrially-sponsored senior/graduate design challenges.

Dr. Chona is from 2005, US National Delegate to the International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue & Structural Integrity – ICAF. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Society of Experimental Mechanics.

Dr. Ravi Chona’s personal and professional contributions have been recognized in multiple ways by multiple organizations including the Presidential Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation and GR Irwin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Theory and Practice of Fracture Mechanics, the Fracture Mechanics Medal (2014) and the Edward T Wessel Award (2016) from ASTM International;. He is one of a select few of the 7,500+ career senior civilian leaders in the Executive Branch of the US Government that has been honored through a Presidential Meritorious Senior Professional Award and has the extremely rare distinction of having received this recognition on two separate occasions (2010; 2016).

Prof. Bhagavatula Dattaguru

Prof. B. Dattaguru obtained his BSc in Physics (with 1st Rank) from Andhra University, Waltair in 1959 and proceeded to obtain his BE (1962) and ME (1964), both with distinction and then his PhD degree (1972) in aeroengineering from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. His rich and illustrious teaching and research career at IISc continued for over another 30 years, earning him the unique distinction of receiving the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian State Award of the Indian Government. During his long tenure with IISc, he took up overseas assignments as visiting scientist with NASA (USA) (1980-82), Analytical Servies Materials Inc, Virginia, USA (1987), Deakin University, Geelong, Australia (1993) and Pennsylvania State University, USA (1995).

Prof. Dattaguru continues to serve industry and academia after leaving his position as Chairman, Department of Aerospace Engineering at IISc. He has been a consultant with TechMahindra (2006-2016), CADES DigiTech and CSM Software (2006-08) and from 2010 is Professor, Jain University, Bangalore.

Prof. Dattaguru‘s fields of interest and expertise include Theory of Elasticity, Aircraft Structures, Aging structures, Life extension methods, Fracture Mechanics & Damage Tolerance, Finite Element Methods (linear and non-linear), Composites, Smart Structures, Structural Health Monitoring. Prof. Dattaguru has over 200 publications to his credit including over a 100 peer reviewed papers to his credit. He has guided over 100 post graduate and PhD students and conducted over 40 Workshops. He is a member of a number of professional societies and Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Institution of Engineers (IEI), Aeronautical Society of India (ASI) and AICTE.

Apart from the Padma Shri mentioned above, Prof. Dattaguru is the recipient of innumerable medals and awards for his outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of Structural Integrity.

Prof. Masahiro Endo

Prof. Masahiro Endo is Director of Institute of Materials Science and Technology at Fukuoka University, Japan. His group addresses many interdisciplinary challenges relating to materials science, mechanical engineering, medical engineering, industrial economy, etc. His own research interests are in metal fatigue (including multiaxial fatigue), friction and wear and on the influence of hydrogen on materials strength. He has authored a vast number of peer reviewed publications in these areas and was guest editor of a special issue of Engineering Fracture Mechanics in 2016.

Prof. Endo obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Kyushu Institute of Technology followed by PhD from Kyushu University before taking up a teaching position at Fukuoka University in 1984. In the midst of his teaching and research at Fukuoka University, Prof. Endo took up a visiting professorship with the University of Minnesota in 1990-91.

Prof. Endo is on the Editorial Board of Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue and Fracture of Materials and Structures (FFEMS). The Japan Society of Materials Science (JSMS) has on three occasions (1987, 2009 and 2015) honoured Prof. Masahiro Endo for his contributions to teaching and research.

Prof. Ramarathnam Narasimhan

Prof. R. Narasimhan is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (1982). He then proceeded to obtain his MS (1983) and PhD (1986) from the California Institute of Technology, USA. He has since served as Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Prof. Narasimhan’s research interests include Computational Solid Mechanics and Materials Science, Fracture Behavior of Materials; Mechanical Behavior of Materials and Mechanics of Indentation. Prof Narasimhan is the recipient of the prestigeous Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1999).

Prof. Narasimhan has over a hundred peer reviewed publications. He serves on the Editorial Board of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, International Journal of Fracture and Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids. Prof. Narasimhan is a Fellow if the Indian National Science Academy (FNA), Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc) and Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE). He is also JC Bose Fellow of the Department of Science and Technology.

Dr. Sergey Panin

Dr. Sergey Panin concurrently holds the positions of Head of Department of Materials Sciences at the Tomsk Polytechnical University and Deputy Director (Research) at the Institute of Physics of Strength of Materials (IPSM), Russian Academy of Sciences in the Russian Federation. Dr. Panin obtained his Masters Degree in 1993 from the Tomsk Institute of Automatic Controls Systems and Radioelectronics. He proceeded to obtain his PhD in 1997 from IPSM, followed by a DSc in 2005. Dr. Panin‘s research interests include physical mesomechanics of materials, polymeric composite materials, wear, fatigue, non-destructive testing, image processing, digital image correlation, acoustic emission.

He is the author more than 300 research,including 10 monographs, 4 patents of RF, 16 certificates on Software registration issued by State Patent Agency and serves on the editorial board of a number of scientific publications.

Dr. Panin is the recipient of more than 15 state awards including the Tomsk State Duma Award for Young Scientists (2005), Masters‘ theses of his students earned the Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2001, 2005 and 2007 and he was rated the best professor of the Tomsk Polytechnical University in 2013.

Dr. N. Eswara Prasad

Dr. Eswara Prasad obtained his BTech (Honours, 1985) and PhD (1993) in Metallurgical Engineering from the Banaras Hindu University (now, Indian Institute of Technlogy), Varanasi, India. His illustrious 25 year research career has been with the country’s leading Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), first as scientist at the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), then, as Director of the Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness (RCMA, Materials), Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), both in Hyderabad. Dr. Prasad is currently Director, Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE), Kanpur.

Dr. Prasad’s research contributions carry direct application value in a number of areas related to the country’s defence research programmes. These include (i) Al and Al-Li alloys for the LCA, LCH and Indian Space Programme, (ii) Aero Steels, including Maraging and PH Steels for Indian Missile Programmes, (iii) High Strength and High Temperature Ti Alloys, including β-Ti alloys for LCA slat tracks and landing gear, (iv) Advanced Ultrahigh Temperature materials – Mo and Ti Intermetallics, Monolithic Ceramics (Structural Alumina, Graphite and SiC), Carbon, Silica and SiC-based Continuous Fibre-reinforced Ceramic-matrix Composites (CFCCs), (v) Modular Composites for Bullet Proof Jackets and LCH Armour, and (vi) Radar Absorbing Stealth Materials, Structures and Coatings for Indian Airborne Platforms and Systems. His work at DMSRDE contributed to DMSRDE receiving the prestigious Titanium Trophy by adjudging DMSRDE as the best S&T Laboratory of DRDO for the year 2016.

Apart from serving DRDO, Dr. Eswara Prasad has worked as visiting scientist with the Max-Planck-Institute, Stuttgart, Germany (1998-99) and as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Andhra University and Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology (2012-2016).

Dr. Prasad has over 200 publications including 30 books and book chapters. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Indian Institute of Metals, AP Academy of Sciences, Aeronautical Society of India and Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials. He is the recipient of a number of awards and medals, including Young Scientist Award of the Indian Science Congress Association (1991) and of the Indian Institute of Metals (1994), the Binani Gold Medal (IIM, 2006), The Metallurgist of the Year Award (2010), Dr. VM Ghatge Award of the Aeronautical Society of India (2014).

Prof. Krishnaswamy Ravi-Chandar

Professor Krishnaswamy Ravi-Chandar is Temple Foundation Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin, USA. He received his B. S. degree (1973) in Physics from Bangalore University, Diploma of the Madras Institute of Technology with Honors (Aeronautical Engineering, 1976), M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. degree (1982) in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. He taught at the University of Houston from 9/1983 to 8/2000 and, since 2000, he has been at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ravi-Chandar’s research interests are in the general area of mechanics of materials; he has made seminal contributions to dynamic fracture and failure.

He has presented numerous plenary and keynote lectures, published a book on Dynamic Fracture (Elsevier, 2004), and published nearly 160 archival journal articles on fracture mechanics, high strain-rate mechanical behavior, dynamic instabilities, fragmentation, ductile failure, multiscale experimental methods, inverse problems in material characterization, and other topics.

Dr. Ravi-Chandar is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Fracture. He served as President of the International Congress on Fracture (2005-2009) and served on the Executive Committee of the Applied Mechanics Division of the ASME from 2003-2008, serving as Chair in 2007-2008. He was the President of the American Academy of Mechanics (2011-2014), and is a member of the US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2003 – 2016; Vice Chair 2016-2018) and the Congress Committee of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM; 2010 – 2018). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society for Experimental Mechanics, the American Academy of Mechanics and the International Congress on Fracture. He received the Murray Medal from the Society for Experimental Mechanics in 2004 and the Drucker Medal from the ASME in 2015.

Prof. Ashok Saxena

Dr. Ashok Saxena is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas where in the past he has served as the Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Engineering and the Raymond and Irma Giffels’ Chair, and the Billingsley Endowed Chair. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Saxena previously held the position of Regents’ Professor and Chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and was a Fellow Scientist at the Westinghouse Research and Development Center in Pittsburgh. He also served as the Vice Chancellor of Galgotias University in India for a two-year period between 2012-2014.

Dr. Saxena received his MS and PhD degrees from University of Cincinnati in 1972 and 1974, respectively in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering and his B. Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1970 in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Saxena’s area of research is mechanical behavior of materials focusing on linear and nonlinear fracture mechanics and fracture in materials at high temperatures under creep and creep-fatigue conditions. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions in the field of fracture research that include the George Irwin Medal (1992) from ASTM, the ASTM Award of Merit and Fellow (1994), Fellow of ASM International (1996), Fellow of International Congress on Fracture (2009) and Georgia Tech Outstanding Research Author Award (1993). He is a recipient of the Wohler Fatigue Medal from the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS, 2010) and is an elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (2016) and the recipient of the Paul C. Paris Gold Medal from International Congress on Fracture (2017). He has authored/co-authored/edited eight books and over 250 research publications.

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