Vijaya B. Chalivendra


Vijaya Chalivendra, PhD


Mechanical Engineering

Curriculum Vitae
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2003University of Rhode IslandPhD in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
1997Sri Venkateswara University, IndiaMS in Mechanical Engineering
1993Sri Venkateswara University, IndiaBS in Mechanical Engineering


  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Fracture Mechanics





A comprehensive study of the fundamental principles of Continuum Mechanics. The following topics are covered: stress, strain, and strain rated tensors; Lagrangian and Eulerian descriptions; conservation laws; constitutive relations; Navier-Cauchy and Navier Stokes equations; Newtonian fluids.

Thesis research on an experimental or theoretical project in mechanical engineering under a faculty advisor. A formal thesis must be submitted to fulfill the course requirements.


Research activities

  • In-situ Damage Sensing of composites for Structural Health Monitoring
  • Fracture and Mechanical Behavior of Additive Manufacturing Materials
  • Impact Response of Enegry Absorbing Materials for Sports and Military Applications
  • Fracture Behavior of Diabetic Simulated Bone


Research awards

  • $ 405,320 awarded by National Science Foundation for Integrated Multiscale Computational and Experimental Investigations on Fracture of Additively Manufactured Polymer Composites
  • $ 430,631 awarded by The National Science Foundation for REU Site: Advanced Interdisciplinary Materials Research for Maritime Applications
  • $ 1,498,020 awarded by National Science Foundation for Scholarships to Accelerate Engineering Leadership and Identity in Graduate Students
  • $ 419,367 awarded by Office of Naval Research for UMassD MUST I: Marine Sensing Technology for Acoustic Detection and Damage Monitoring through Embedded Composite Conductors
  • $ 15,000 awarded by University of Massachusetts Amherst for Creating the Ultimate Ballistic Body Armor (UBBA) Material Structure


Research interests

  • Composite Materials
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Dynamic Characterization of Materials
  • Damage Sensing
  • Nano-mechanical Characterization

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Liu, J., Chalivendra, V., C. L., Huang, W (2017).
    "Finite element based contact analysis of radio frequency MEMs switch membrane surfaces"
    Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
  • Shkolnik K. and Chalivendra V.B. (2017).
    “Numerical Studies of Electrical Contacts of Carbon Nanotubes Embedded Epoxy under Tensile Loading”
    Acta Mechanica
  • Abdulrahman A. Kehail, Vijay Boominathan, Karoly Fodor, Vijaya Chalivendra, Tracie Ferreira, Christopher J. Brigham (2016).
    "In Vivo and In Vitro Degradation Studies for Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) Biopolymer"
    Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 25(2), 296-307.

Dr. Chalivendra obtained his undergraduate degree and masters degree from Sri Venkateswara University College of Engineering, Tirupati, India in 1993 and 1997 respectively. He worked for two different industries: Bharat Electronics Ltd., and Tata Refractories Ltd., for two and half years in India before pursuing his doctoral degree at University of Rhode Island during 2000-2003. His doctoral dissertation is focused on analytical and experimental treatment of fracture studies in functionally graded materials. He developed analytical crack tip field equations for an arbitrarily oriented crack in functionally graded materials under both stationary and transient dynamic loading conditions. As a postdoctoral fellow at California Institute of Technology during 2003-2005, he conducted experimental investigation of well-controlled dynamic fragmentation studies for validation of large-scale simulations. He joined UMASS Dartmouth in 2005 and now serving as Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department. He is also currently serving as Graduate Program Director for the department. He published about 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and currently serving as a Technical Associate Editor for Experimental Mechanics journal. He was awarded about $2M external grant funding for conducting research for understanding materials behavior under various loading conditions at different length scales. He graduated sixteen masters students and one doctoral student from his research lab. He also trained 33 undergraduate students in his research lab and published 12 peer-reviewed articles with them as co-authors. His research interests include, Smart composite material, biological materials, nano-mechanical characterization of MEMs and polymers, high strain rate behavior, and impact characterization of sports helmets.