Vijaya B. Chalivendra obtained his undergraduate degree and M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, College of Engineering, Tirupati, India. Chalivendra worked for two different industries in Bharat Electronics Ltd. and Tata Refractories Ltd. for two and half years in India before pursuing his Doctoral degree at University of Rhode Island, USA. His Doctoral dissertation is focused on analytical and experimental treatment of fracture studies in functionally graded materials. Furthermore, he developed analytical crack tip field equations for an arbitrarily oriented crack in functionally graded materials under both stationary and transient dynamic loading conditions. Upon completion of his doctoral studies, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at California Institute of Technology for two years. Dr. Chalivendra conducted experimental investigation of well-controlled dynamic fragmentation studies for validation of large-scale simulations. He later joined as Assistant Professor the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2005. He was recently promoted to Associate Professor and his current research includes experimental mechanics, quasi-static and dynamic mechanical behavior of biological materials, biomaterials, and composites. He published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 40 conference proceedings. He has been actively involved in society of experimental mechanics and held the chairman position of the dynamic behavior of materials technical division and recently served as a Guest Editor for a special issue published in Experimental Mechanics journal.
Biography Updated on 22 May 2012