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Balachandran, Balakumar

Balachandran, Balakumar

Department Chair
Minta Martin Professor
Faculty Member, Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation
Mechanical Engineering
2181 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088

EDUCATION

 

  • Ph.D. (Engineering Mechanics), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (VPI&SU), Blacksburg, VA, December 1990
  • M.S.  (Aerospace Engineering),  VPI&SU, Blacksburg, VA, December 1986
  • B. Tech (Naval Architecture), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, July 1985

 

BACKGROUND

 

Dr. Balachandran received his B. Tech (Naval Architecture) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, M.S. (Aerospace Engineering) from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA and Ph.D. (Engineering Mechanics) from Virginia Tech. Currently, he is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, where has been since 1993.

His research interests include nonlinear phenomena, dynamics and vibrations, and control, and his recent efforts have focused on the following: i) taking advantage of nonlinear phenomena for the benefit of a system, ii) data-driven nonlinear dynamics, iii) interplay between noise and nonlinearity, and iv) systems with delays. The publications that he has authored/co-authored include nearly eighty five journal publications, a Wiley textbook entitled "Applied Nonlinear Dynamics: Analytical, Computational, and Experimental Methods" (1995, 2006), a Thomson/Cengage textbook entitled "Vibrations" (2004, 2009) and a third edition by Cambridge University Press (2019), and a co-edited Springer book entitled “Delay Differential Equations: Recent Advances and New Directions” (2009).

Dr. Balachandran holds four U.S. patents and one Japan patent, three related to fiber optic sensors and two related to atomic force microscopy. He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Dynamics and Control, Acta Mechanica Sinica, and Journal of Vibration and Control, is a Contributing Editor of the International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, and is an Associate Editor of Nonlinear Theory and its Applications.  He has been a Deputy Editor of the AIAA Journal and an Associate Editor of Meccanica.  He served as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics from 2005 to 2011, and is currently serving as the Technical Editor of this journal since January 2016.

He is a Fellow of ASME and AIAA, a senior member of IEEE, and a member of ASA, AAM, and SPIE. He served as the Chair of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division (AMD) Technical Committee on Dynamics and Control of Structures and Systems from 2005 to 2007, and the Chair of the ASME Design Engineering Division Technical Committee on Multibody Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics from 2009 to 2011. He was a member of the ASME AMD Executive Committee and served as the Chair of AMD from 2018 to 2019.  In the Department, he has served as the Leader of the Mechanics and Materials Division from 1999 to 2006, as the Director of Graduate Studies from July 2006 to July 2010, and as the Associate Chair from July 2006 to August 2010.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

           

  • Sectional Lecture, ICTAM 2020, Milan, Italy 
  • KLF Lecture, Sastra University, Thanjavur, India (2019)
  • Keynote Lecture, International Conference on Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, Rome, Italy (2019)
  • John Laufer Lecture, University of Southern California (2019)
  • Keynote Lecture, DINAME 2019 - XVIII International Sympoisum on Dynamic Problems of Mechanics, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2019)
  • Springer Ali H. Nayfeh First Prize for Nonlinear Dynamics paper entitled ``Neural Machine-Based Forecasting of Chaotic Dynamics" (2019)
  • Warren Lecture, University of Minnesota (2018)
  • Keynote Lecture, IUTAM Symposium on Exploiting Nonlinear Dynamics for Engineering Systems, Novisad, Serbia (2018)
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences (2018-Present)
  • Chair, ASME Applied Mechanics Division (2018-2019)
  • Best Paper Award, Gold, 6th International Symposium on Multibody Systems and Mechatronics, Santa Catrina, Brazil (2017)
  • Keynote Lecture, CMM 2017 - 22nd International Conference on Computer Methods in Mechanics, Lublin, Poland (2017)
  • ASME Melville Medal for ASME JVA Paper entitled ``State-Dependent Delay Influenced Drill-String Oscillations and Stability Analysis" (2016) 
  • Keynote Lecture, ASME IDETC 2016, Charlotte, NC (2016)
  • Editor, ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics (2016-2020)
  • Hind Rattan Award (2015)
  • Keynote Lecture, 12th International Conference on Vibration Problems, Guwahati, India (2015)
  • Plenary Talk, ASME IMECE 2015, Houston, TX (2015)
  • Contributing Editor, International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics (2014-Present)
  • Foreign Member, Applied Mechanics Commission, National Scientific Qualification Committee, ANVUR, Italy, 2013-2014
  • Editorial Board, Acta Mechanica Sinica (2013-Present)
  • Japan Patent No. 2009-063574 (2012)
  • Minta Martin Professorship (2012-Present)
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Dynamics and Control (2012-Present)
  • Associate Editor, Nonlinear Theory and Applications (2012-Present)
  • Associate Editor, Meccanica, Solids and Structures area, (2012-2014)
  • Plenary Talk, ASME IMECE 2012, Houston, TX (2012)
  • IEEE Senior Member (2011)
  • AIAA Fellow (2010)
  • Keynote Talk, ASME IMECE 2010, Vancouver, CA (2010)
  • US Patents: 6,901,176 (2005); 7,224,465 (2007); 7,428,064 (2009); 7,856, 866 (2010)
  • Keynote Lecture, Mini-Symposium on Computational Methods in Nonlinear Dynamics, ECCOMAS 2008, Venice, Italy (2008)
  •  Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics (2004-2011)
  • Deputy Editor, AIAA Journal (2007-2015)
  • Associate Editor, AIAA Journal (2003-2007)
  • ASME Fellow (2003)
  • Purple Camshaft Teaching Award, Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society (2003)
  • American Helciopter Society's Grover E. Bell Award (2002) - Faculty member of group recognized for work on smart structures conducted by the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Research Center
  • Invention of the Year Award, Physical Sciences Category, University of Maryland (2002)
  • Keynote Lecture, Symposium on Nonlinear and Stochastic Systems and Their Numerics, Mathematics Research Institute, Oberwolfach, Germany (2002) 
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Vibration and Control (2000-2014)

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

  • Member of Executive Committee, Applied Mechanics Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2014-2019)
  • Member, Committee of 100, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech (2015-Present)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation (2013-2016)
  • Member, Board of Advisors, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech (2015-2019)
  • Reviewer, AIAA Journal; ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics; ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics; ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control; Journal of Acoustical Society of America; Journal of Sound and Vibration; Journal of Vibration and Control; Nonlinear Dynamics; Smart Material and Structures; Shock and Vibration; International Journal of Nonlinear Mechanics; International Journal of Solids and Structures; Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures; Chaos, Solitons, and Fractals; IEEE Transactions of Automatic Control, IEEE Control Systems; IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering; IEEE Journal of MEMS; Sensors and Actuators; Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering; Philosophical Transaction, European Journal of Mechanics; Physics Letters.
  • Reviewed proposals for NRC (AFOSR Mechanics Program), ARO, NSF, DOD EPSCOR, and different foundations.

 

 

Nonlinear phenomena, dynamics and vibrations, control, and system identification


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Wang, R., Kalnay, E., and Balachandran, B., Neural Machine-Based Forecasting of Chaotic Dynamics, Nonlinear Dynamics, 2019.
  • Wang, G., Riaz, A., and Balachandran, B., Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics Studies of Wet Granular Column Collapses, Acta Geotechnica, 2019.
  • Zhao, X., Kebbie-Anthony, A., Azarm, S., and Balachandran, B., Dynamic Multi-step-ahead Prediction with Simulation Data and Sensor Measurements, AIAA Journal, Vol. 57(6), 2019, pp. 2270-2279.
  • Kebbie-Anthony, A., Gumerov, N., Preidikman, S., Balachandran, B., and Azarm,S., Fast Multipole Accelerated Unsteady Vortex Lattice Method, Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, Vol. 16(6) , 2019, pp. 237-248.
  • Kania, R., Kebbie-Anthony, A., Zhao, X., Azarm, S., and Balachandran, B., Dynamic Data-Driven Approach for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Aeroelastic Response Analysis," in Handbook of Dynamic Data Driven Applications Systems, Springer, Cham., 2018, pp. 193-211.
  • Agarwal, V., Zheng, X., and Balachandran, B., Influence of Noise on Frequency Responses of Softening Duffing Oscillators," Physics Letters A, Vol. 382 (46), 2018, pp. 3355-3364.
  • Wang, R.  and Balachandran, B., Extreme Wave Formation in Unidirectional Sea Due to StochasticWave Phase Dynamics," Physics Letters A, Vol. 382, 2018, pp. 1864-1872.
  • Preidikman, S., Roccia, B. A., Verstraete, M. L., Valdez, M., Mook, D. T., and Balachandran, B., Computational Aeroelasticity of Flying Robots with Flapping Wings, in Aerial Robots - Aerodynamics, Control and Applications, InTech, 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.69396.
  • Zheng, X. and Balachandran, B., State-Dependent Delay and Drill-String Dynamics, IUTAM Symposium on Nonlinear and Delayed Dynamics of Mechatronic Systems, Procedia IUTAM, Elsevier, 2017, pp. 31-38.
  • AlZibdeh, A., AlQaradawi, M., and Balachandran, B., Effects of High Frequency Drive Speed Modulation on Rotor with Continuous Stator Contact," International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol. 131-132, 2017, pp. 559-571.
  • Agarwal, V. , Sabuco, J., and Balachandran, B., Safe Regions with Partial Control for a Chaotic System in the Presence of White Gaussian Noise," International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, Vol.94, 2017, pp. 3-11.
  • Vlajic, N., Champneys, A., and Balachandran, B., Nonlinear Dynamics of a Jeffcott Rotor with Torsional Deformations and Rotor-Stator Contact," International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, Vol. 92, 2017, pp. 102-110.
  • Roccia, B., Preidikman, S., and Balachandran, B., Computational Dynamics of Flapping Wings in Hover Fight: A Co-Simulation Strategy," AIAA Journal, Vol. 55(6), 2017, pp. 1806-1822,Hsu, S. T.-S., Fitzgerald, T., Nguyen, V., Patel, T., and Balachandran, B., ``Motion Visualization and Estimation for Flapping Wing Systems," Acta Mechanica Sinica, Vol. 332(2), 2017, pp. 327-340.
  • Perkins, E., Kimura, M., Hikihara, T., and Balachandran, B., "Effects of Noise on Symmetric Intrinsic Localized Modes," Nonlinear Dynamics,  March 2016, pp. 1-9.
  • Moitra, A., Chabalko, C., and Balachandran, B., "Extreme Wave solutions: Parametric Studies and Wavelet Analysis," International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, Vol. 83, 2016, pp. 39--47.
  • Ismail, H. and Balachandran, B., "Algorithm Fusion for Feature Extraction and Map Construction From SONAR Data," IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 15, 2015, pp. 6460-6471.
  • Perkins, E. and Balachandran, B., "Effects of Phase Lag on the Information Rate of a Bistable Duffing Oscillator," Physics Letters A, Vol. 379, 2015, pp. 308-313.
  • Balachandran, B., Perkins, E., and Fitzgerald, T., "Response Localization in Micro-Scale Oscillator Arrays: Influence of Cubic Coupling Nonlinearities," International Journal of Dynamics and Control, Vol. 3, 2015, pp. 183--188.
  • Chabalko, C., Moitra, A., and Balachandran, B., "Rogue Waves: New Forms Enabled by GPU Computing," Physics Letters A, Vol. 378, 2014, pp. 2377-2381.
  • Liu, X., Vlajic, N., Long, X., Meng, G., and Balachandran, B., "State-Dependent Delay Influenced Drill-String Oscillations and Stability Analysis," ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol. 136(5), 2014, pp. 051008-1-051008-9.
  • Liu, X., Vlajic, N., Long, X., Meng, G., and Balachandran, B., "Coupled Axial-Torsional Dynamics in Rotary Drilling with State-Dependent Delay: Stability and Control," Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 78, 2014, pp. 1891-1906.
  • Vlajic, N., Fitzgerald, T., Nguyen, V., and Balachandran, B., "Geometrically Exact Planar Beams with Initial Pre-Stress and Large Curvature:  Static Configurations, Natural Frequencies, and Mode Shapes," International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 51, 2014, pp. 3361-3371.
  • Chabalko, C. and Balachandran, B., "Implementation and Benchmarking of Two-Dimensional Vortex Interactions on a Graphics Processing Unit," Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, Vol. 11(6), 2014, pp. 372-385.
  • Vlajic, N., Liu, X., Karki, H., and Balachandran, B., "Torsional Oscillations of a Rotor with Continuous Stator Contact," International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol. 83, 2014, pp. 65-75.
  • Liu, X., Vlajic, N.,  Long, X., Meng, G., and Balachandran, B., "Multiple Regenerative Effects in Cutting Process and Nonlinear Oscillations,"  International Journal of Dynamics and Control, Vol. 2, 2014, pp. 86-101.
  • Choudhary, F. and Balachandran, B., "Hopf Instabilities in Free Piston Stirling Engines," ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 9(2), 2014, pp. 021003-0210014.
  • Vlajic, N., Liao, C.-M., Karki, H., and Balachandran, B., "Stick-Slip Motions of a Rotor-Stator System," ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol. 136(2), 2013, pp. 021005-0210014.
  • Chabalko, C. and Balachandran, B., "GPU Based Simulation of Physical Systems Characterized by Mobile Discrete Interactions," in Developments in Parallel, Distributed, Grid and Cloud Computing for Engineering, B. H. V. Topping and P. Ivany (Editors), Stirlingshire, UK, Saxe-Coburg Publications, 2013, pp. 95-124.
  • Hassouneh, M., Nguyen, V., Balachandran, B., and Abed, E., "Stability Analysis and Control of Supercavitating Vehicles with Advection Delay," ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 8(2), 2013, pp. 021003-0210013.
  • Valdez, M. and Balachandran, B., "Longitudinal Nonlinear Wave Propagation through Soft Tissue,"  Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol. 20, pp. 192-208, 2013.
  • Ji, S.-W., Bui, V. P., Balachandran, B., and Kim, Y. B., "Robust Control Allocation Design for Marine Vessel,"  Ocean Engineering, Vol. 63, pp. 105-111, 2013.
  • Liu, X., Vlajic, N.,  Long, X., Meng, G., and Balachandran, B., "Nonlinear Oscillations of a Flexible Rotor with a Drill Bit: Stick-Slip and Delay Effects,"  Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 72, pp. 61-77, 2013.
  • Nguyen, V. and Balachandran, B., "Supercavitating Vehicle Maneuvering with Delay and Non-steady Planing," Applied Hydromechanics (J. Prykladna Gidromehanika), Vol. 15 (No. 1), pp. 62-74, 2013.
  • Perkins, E. and Balachandran, B., "Noise-enhanced Response of Nonlinear Oscillators," in Procedia IUTAM: IUTAM Symposium on 50 Years of Chaos, Elsevier, Vol. 5, Pages 59-68, 2012.
  • Liao, C.-M., Vlajic, N., Karki, H., and Balachandran, B., "Parametric Studies on Drill-String Motions," International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol. 54, 2012, pp. 260-268.
  • Chakraborty, I. and Balachandran, B., "Near-grazing Dynamics of Base Excited Cantilevers with Nonlinear Tip Interactions," Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 70(2), 2012, pp. 1297-1310.
  • Ramakrishnan, S. and Balachandran, B., "Influence of Noise on Discrete Breathers in Nonlinearly Coupled Micro-Oscillator Arrays," in Dynamics Modeling and Interaction Control in Real and Virtual Environments, edited by L. Kovacs and G. Stepan, IUTAM Book Series, Springer, 2011, Volume 30, Part 6, pp. 247-254.
  • Chakraborty, I. and Balachandran, B., "Effects of Noise on the Dynamics of an Impacting Elastic Structure with Nonlinear Tip Interaction Forces: Application to AFM," Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 66(3), 2011, pp. 427-439.
  • Kalmar-Nagy, T. and Balachandran, B., "Forced Harmonic Vibration of the Duffing Oscillator With Linear Viscous Damping," Duffing’s Equation: Non-linear Oscillators and Their Behaviour, edited by I. Kovacic and M. Brennan, Wiley, Chapter 5, 2011.
  • Chakraborty, I. and Balachandran, B., "Off-Resonance Cantilever Dynamics in the Presence of Attractive and Repulsive Tip Interaction Forces," International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, Vol. 11, 2011, pp. 1-18.
  • Liao, C. -M., Balachandran, B., Karkoub, M., and Abdel-Magid, Y., "Drill-String Dynamics: Reduced-Order Models and ExperimentalStudies," ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol. 133, 2011, pp. 41008-1-41008-8.
  • Nguyen, V. and Balachandran, B., "Supercavitating Vehicles With Noncylindrical, Nonsymmetric Cavities: Dynamics and Instabilities,"ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 6, 2011, pp. 41001-1-041001-11.
  • Fitzgerald, T., Valdez, M., Vanella, M., Balaras, E., and Balachandran, B.,  "Flexible Flapping Systems: Computational Investigations into Fluid-Structure Interactions," The Aeronautical Journal, Vol. 115, 2011.
  • Dick, A., Balachandran, B., and Mote, Jr., C. D., "Localization in Micro-Resonator Arrays: Influence of Natural Frequency Tuning," ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 5, 2010, pp. 011002-1-011002-11.
  • Lin, G., Balachandran, B., and Abed, E., "Absolute Stability of Second-Order Systems with Asymmetric Sector Boundaries," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 55(No. 2), 2010, pp. 458-462.
  • Vanella, M., Fitzgerald, T., Preidikman, S., Balaras, E., and Balachandran, B., "Influence of Flexibility on the Aerodynamic Performance of a Hovering Wing," Journal of Experimental Biology, Vol. 212, 2009, pp. 95–105.
  • Nguyen, V., Schultz, G., and Balachandran, B., "Lateral Load Transfer Effects on Bifurcation Behavior of Four-Wheel Vehicle System," ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 4, 2009, pp. 041007-1-041007-12.
  • Long, X.-H., Lin, G., and Balachandran, B., "Grazing Bifurcations in Elastic Structure Excited by Harmonic Impactor Motions," Physica D, Vol. 237, 2008, pp. 1129–1138.
  • Shaw, S. W. and Balachandran, B., "A Review of Nonlinear Dynamics of Mechanical Systems in Year 2008," Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2008, pp.  611–640.
  • Long, X. -H., Balachandran, B., and Mann, B. P., "Dynamics of Milling Processes with Variable Time Delays," Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 47 (1-3), 2007, pp. 49–63.
  • Lin, G., Balachandran, B., and Abed, E., "Nonlinear Dynamics and Bifurcations of a Supercavitating Vehicle," IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, Vol. 32(4), 2007, pp. 753–761.
  • Al-Bassyiouni, M. and Balachandran, B., "Control of Enclosed Sound Fields Using Zero Spillover Schemes," Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 292, 2006, pp. 645–660.
  • Dick, A., Balachandran, B., DeVoe, D., and Mote, Jr., C. D., "Parametric Identification of Piezoelectric Micro-Scale Resonators," J. Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 16, 2006.
  • Li, H. and Balachandran, B., "Buckling and Free Oscillations of Composite Microresonators," IEEE Journal of MEMS, Vol. 15 (1), 2006, pp. 42-51.
  • Balachandran, B. and Gilsinn, D., "Nonlinear Oscillations of Milling," Mathematical and Computer Modelling of Dynamical Systems, Vol. 11, 2005, pp. 273–290.1593–1601.
  • Balachandran, B., "Dynamics of Elastic Structures Excited by Harmonic and Aharmonic Impactor Motions," Journal of Vibration and Control, Vol. 9, pp. 265–279 (2003).

Books

  • Balachandran, B., Kalmar-Nagy, T., and Gilsinn, D., "Delay Differential Equations: Recent Advances and New Directions" Springer Verlag (2009)
  • Balachandran, B. and Magrab, E. B., "Vibrations" Thomson/Cengage textbook (2004, 2009); Cambridge University Press (2019)
  • Nayfeh, A.H. and Balachandran, B., "Applied Nonlinear Dynamics: Analytical, Computational, and Experimental Methods" Wiley (1995, 2006)

Five Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students Named Future Faculty Fellows

Clark School program prepares graduate students for future academic career.

Yu Promoted to Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Miao Yu promoted to the rank of Professor.

University of Maryland to Establish Research Center of Excellence with UTC Climate, Controls & Security and Otis

The University of Maryland announces plans to establish new research center of excellence with United Technologies Corporation’s commercial businesses.

UMD Engineering for Social Change Class Awards Non-Profit V-LINC $10,000 Grant to Support Custom Assistive Technology Program

Grant marks more than $30,000 in student-awarded grants given through landmark engineering philanthropy course.

Yang Promoted to Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Bao Yang promoted to the rank of Professor.

Schmidt Promoted to Professor

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Linda Schmidt has been promoted to the rank of Professor.

Herrmann Promoted to Professor

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Jeffrey Herrmann promoted to Professor.

DeWALT Donates Tools & Equipment to Mechanical Engineering

DeWALT delivers over $11,500 in tools to the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dasgupta, Fourney and Hwang Named ASME Fellows

Three Mechanical Engineering faculty named American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellows

Dasgupta Awarded Jeong H. Kim Professorship

Department of Mechanical Engineering professor Abhijit Dasgupta awarded Jeong H. Kim Professorship.

Modarres Awarded Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professorship

Mechanical Engineering Professor Mohammad Modarres awarded Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professorship.

Schmidt Invited to NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Professor Linda Schmidt invited to National Academy of Engineering's Sixth Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium.

UMD Faculty Publish Research That Provides Insights on Brain Injuries

Mechanical Engineering researchers tackle brain tissue mechanics to provide greater insight on traumatic brain injuries.

Fourney Selected to Receive 2014 Frocht Award

Associate dean and Keystone professor to be honored with Society for Experimental Mechanics award.

Desai Promoted to Full Professor

Mechanical engineering professor’s research focuses on innovations in the biomedical field.

New Minta Martin Professors Named

Historic honor recognizes full professors who have made significant scholarly contributions.

Balachandran Named Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Experienced ME professor ascends to leadership after improving department’s diversity, national standing.

New Department Chairs Named

Balakumar Balachandran, James Milke picked to lead mechanical engineering, fire protection engineering.

Avram Bar-Cohen to Step Down as ME Chair

After nine years, Professor Bar-Cohen resigns as chair of the department.

Balakumar Balachandran Accepts Acting Chair Position

Prof. Balachandran to become acting ME chair beginning August 31, 2010.

Hugh Bruck Appointed Director of Graduate Studies

ME professor to head graduate studies effective July 1.

AIAA Fellows Inducted

Clark School faculty members make up 10 percent of honorees.

Balachandran Elevated to Fellow Status

ME Professor chosen to become AIAA Fellow

Pines, Balachandran Named AIAA Fellows

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics honors Clark School dean, ME professor.

ASME Chapter Hosts Annual Leadership Seminar

UMD ASME officer board coordinates 2009 seminar.

ME Department Welcomes New Grad Students

Students benefit from graduate orientation.

Yu, Balachandran awarded US Patent 7,428,054

Micro-optical fiber tip based sensor system will measure pressure, acceleration and pressure gradients.

Cooperation with Korean University Adds to International Exchange

Pusan National University to share Ph.D. research knowledge, faculty and students.

Mechanical Engineering Honors Prof. James Wallace & Faculty

Mechanical Engineering faculty were honored at the Faculty Recognition Event and Dinner on Friday, May 12.

Maryland, U.S. Army Sign Test Center Agreement

Educational Partnership to Enhance MCART and Maryland Student Experience.

Professor Balachandran Part of Business Plan Competition Finalist Team

Pervasive Technology Engineering earned 2nd place in the Graduate Category on Friday, May 7.

Chennai IIT-ian in US to Commercialise Invention

The invention of Balachandran was declared the 'physical science invention of the year' by UMD.

New Company Formed on Award-Winning Invention

The company, called Odexia, is incorporating with plans to open in College Park, Balachandran said.

Profs. Balachandran and Sandborn Winners of OTC Invention of the Year Competition

Professors Balakumar Balachandran and Peter Sandborn were the winners of two of the three (OTC) Invention of the Year Awards.

TEDCO Awards Funds to Balachandran

TEDCO has awarded $48,374 to Associate Professor Balakumar Balachandran through its University Technology Development Fund program.

Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center Honored

The award will consist of a gold medal, a certificate, and an honorarium

Eight Mechanical Engineering Faculty Present at ASME Conference

Eight faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering attended, presented, and were divisional chairs at the 2001 ASME Conference.

Clark School Team Headed by Don DeVoe Awarded $2M DARPA Grant

A team from the A. James Clark School of Engineering has just been awarded a $2M grant from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)