Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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PhD, University of Rhode Island, 2003

MS, Sri Venkateswara University, India, 1997

BS, Sri Venkateswara University, India, 1993


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 was 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 is now serving as a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He is also currently serving as Director of Graduate Studies for College of Engineering. He has published about 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and is currently serving as a Technical Associate Editor for the Experimental Mechanics journal. He was awarded a $4M external grant funding for conducting research for understanding materials behavior under various loading conditions at different length scales. He graduated twenty five masters students and three doctoral student from his research lab. He also trained 50 undergraduate students in his research lab and published 22 peer-reviewed articles with them as co-authors. His research interests include, multi-functional composite material, biological materials, nano-mechanical characterization of MEMs and polymers, high strain rate behavior, and impact characterization of sports helmets.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • 2024 COE Faculty Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • 2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Research Mentor Award, UMassD
  • Research Recognition Award 2020-21, Umass Dartmouth
  • Arkema distinguished speaker, April 2024
  • Technical Editor for Experimental Mechanics Journal (Springer) from 2013-present
  • Keynote speaker in International Hybrid Conference on Nano Structured Materials and Polymers, Kerala, India, May 12-14, 2023
  • Keynote talk in “China-ASEAN Smart Manufacturing Frontier Technology Development Forum”, Guizhou Normal University, December 10-11, 2022.
  • Keynote speaker in 5th International Nanotechnology Virtual Conference & Expo, April 2021
  • Keynote speaker in Online Conference on Chemistry & Nanoscience, January 2021
  • Keynote speaker in TechConnect Conference, Boston, MA, June 2019
  • Chair, Composites, Hybrid and Multi-functional Materials Technical Division, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2020-2022
  • Chair, Dynamic Behavior of Materials Technical Division, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2010-2012
  • Guest Editor for Special Issue on Dynamic Behavior of Materials for Experimental Mechanics journal (Springer), February 2012.
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, California Institute of Technology (2003-2005)
  • University Graduate Fellowship, University of Rhode Island (2002-2003)
  • Excellent Paper Award, Student Symposium on Mechanics and Packaging, May 2003 (sponsored by Society for Experimental Mechanics)
  • The Outstanding Paper Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics Graduate Student Symposium, May 2002