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College Welcomes New Associate Dean of Research

Namas Chandra

Namas Chandra is the College of Engineering’s new associate dean of research.

Chandra said he plans to work with senior colleagues in large-scale research efforts and help new faculty whose research careers are beginning.

“I see that through the strengths and capabilities of the engineering faculty, especially with the recent hires, we can realize the dream of being the best engineering school in the surrounding 500-mile radius within five to 10 years,” he said.

Chandra comes from Florida State University, where he had been director of the College of Engineering’s Office of Research and professor of mechanical engineering since 1998.

He was named FSU’s Distinguished Research Professor in 2005. Chandra’s research interests include computational material science, computational structural mechanics, finite deformation in materials, superplasticity, micromechanics in composites, advanced design and manufacture, and interfaces in solids.

Chandra earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1986, his M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston in 1983 and his B.E. in mechanical engineering from the University of Madras in 1973.

He taught at FSU from 1987 to 2006. Prior to that, Chandra was a lecturer at Texas A&M and a graduate research and teaching assistant at UH. He was a senior scientific officer with India’s Department of Atomic Energy from 1978 to 1981.

Chandra is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, serves on the editorial boards of the ASME Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance and the Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences international journals, and has published more than 150 books, chapters and refereed journal articles.

He replaces Kamlakar Rajukar, who has been the interim associate dean of research for 18 months. Rajurkar is a professor of industrial and management systems engineering.

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