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  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Metallurgical Engineering


  • B Eng (with Honors), Metallurgical Engineering, PSG Institute of Techology, Coimbatore, IN
  • M Eng (with Distinction), Metallurgy and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IN
  • PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IN
  • Fellow of ASM, Materials, ASM International

Research Summary

Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy, Structure-property relationships; Alloy Design; Thermal Properties of materials; Processing of Metals and Ceramics; Li-ion battery Materials Science; Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics; Failure Analysis of Engineering Structures; Computational Mechanical Behavior; Development of orthopedic implant devices and armor materials; Structure and Properties of Graded Materials. -------- (Please scroll down to see research highlights)


Director of Utah State Center of Excellence: Titanium Boride Materials for Biomedical Application, 2003-2010

Asst. & Assoc. Professor: Department of Metallurgical Engineering, University of Utah,  UT 84112 (1995-2003)

Research Scientist: Materials Research Division, Universal Energy Systems (UES), Inc.,Dayton, OH (1993-1995)

U.S. National Research Council Research Fellow:

Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH 45433 (1989--1993)

Research Associate: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research,  Indian Institute of Science, IN (1988--1989)

Other Profile Data

Years in Position:                                25 years at the U, 17 Years at Professor Rank

Current Projects:       Designing Novel Refractory Alloys for High Tempearture (ARPA-E Phase-I)

                                     Neutron Diffraction of Li-ion Battery Electrodes (DOE Office of Science)

                                     Breaking Energy Degtermination  of Mineral Particles (Metso Inc)                                      

Research Funding:                           NSF, DOE, AFOSR, DARPA, ARPA-E, State of Utah & Industry

  Research grants ~$320K/year (my share)                                         

Graduate Students Supervised:      28 (MS & PhD)  graduated as a sole advisor.

Current Research Group:                 6 PhD students now, 1 Adjunct Professor

Publications:                                     ~160

Citations:                                           ~ 6000, H-index of 40.

Presentations:                                   About 110 (invited and others)

25 year Teaching Evaluations:        Generally ≥ 5.5/6.0 (Three department teaching awards)

Significant Recognitions:               NRC Fellowship of US National Academy of Sciences, 1989

                                                           Fellow of ASM, Champion Mathewson Medal of TMS

                                                           3 Mellow-met Teaching Awards, Metallurgical Engineering, Univ. Utah

                                                           US Air Force Citation for Exemplary Reseach, WPAFB (1993)

                                                           Dr.  A. K. Bose Gold Medal, Indian Institute of Metals (for the best M. E. Thesis)

                                                           K. P Abraham Medal, A.A. Krishnan Medal, Metallurgy Dept, IISc

Elected Positions                             Chair, ASM Gold Medal Committee (Current)

                                                           Member, TMS Awards Committee (2012-2019)

My Research Facilities:                   Established all my labs from own external research funding

                                                           Spark Plasma Processing Lab, Hot Press ~$400K equipment

                                                           Mechanical Testing Lab ~500K equipment

                                                           Li-ion Battery Research Lab ~150 K equipment

                                                           Microscopes, Sintering & Heat Treatment Furnaces ~150K equipment