News 2020: Dr. Vijaya Chalivendra named ASME Fellow
Dr. Vijaya Chalivendra named ASME Fellow

Dr. Chalivendra has been elected fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering for his expertise, significant achievements, and distinctive contributions spanning more than a decade.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Dr. Vijaya Chalivendra and students in his lab
Dr. Vijaya Chalivendra (right), professor of Mechanical Engineering, conducts research in his lab with students.

Dr. Vijaya Chalivendra, professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Fellow for his significant achievements and distinctive contributions to the world of engineering over the last decade and a half.

Founded in 1880, ASME serves a wide-ranging engineering community through quality learning, certifications, research, conferences and publications, government relations, and other forms of outreach. ASME's membership includes 100,000 diverse individuals in more than 140 countries, including early-career engineers, project managers, corporate executives, researchers, and academic leaders, and approximately 32,000 college students. The Society promotes collaboration; knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods, according to its website.

“I am truly honored to be elected for Fellow of American Society for Mechanical Engineers,” says Chalivendra who joined UMass Dartmouth in 2005 as professor at the College of Engineering. “I enjoy and take great pride in advising undergraduate students for research and publishing with them. This recognition indeed motivates me to keep going with my mission of exposing research on mechanics of novel materials to as many undergraduate students as possible,” says Chalivendra.

About Dr. Vijaya Chalivendra

Dr. Vijaya Chalivendra is the author of nearly 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and has garnered nearly $2 million in external grant funding for conducting research for understanding materials behavior under various loading conditions at different length scales. During his 15-year career at UMass Dartmouth, he has trained more than 60 students (including undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students) in his research lab.

He is an active member of the mechanics' community, serving as an associate technical editor for Experimental Mechanics journal. He is also chair of Composites, Hybrid, and Multifunctional Materials Technical Division of the Society for Experimental Mechanics.

Chalivendra’s most recent research, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on damage sensing in composites using carbon nanotubes in which researchers employed several techniques to understand the damage in composites. The experimental findings have been used to validate developed theoretical and numerical models and are useful in real-time structural health monitoring of composite structures to avoid catastrophic failure. Chalivendra and his research group are currently employing these experimental techniques to investigate the fracture and damage in additively manufactured or 3D printed polymeric materials at different loading rates.

He holds a BS and MS degree in mechanical engineering from Sri Venkateswara University in India, and earned his PhD in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Rhode Island.