Abhijit Dasgupta Wins 2010 Evans/McElroy Best Paper Award

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Professor Abhijit Dasgupta

Professor Abhijit Dasgupta, along with ME Research Associate Moustafa Al-Bassyiouni and PhD candidate Cholmin Choi, was named winner of the 2010 R.A. Evans and P.K. McElroy Best Paper Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for his contribution to the paper “Improved Reliability Testing with Multiaxial Electrodynamics Vibration.” The Evans/McElroy Best Paper award is given to the author(s) of technical papers presented at the annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium—one of the nation’s premier reliability, availability, and maintainability engineering events—that demonstrate superior comprehension of technical material and positively contribute to reliability and maintainability research.

Dasgupta and his research group received the award at the 2010 R&M Symposium in San Jose, CA. The award-winning paper, developed in collaboration with United States Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA) members Ed Habtour and Gary Drake, addresses reliability concerns with next-generation, electronics-rich DoD platforms—such as Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGV) and Small Unmanned Arial Vehicles (SUAV)—and the combined efforts of CALCE and AMSAA to provide cost-effective solutions through vibration testing with a novel six-DoF shaker.

A graduate of the University of Illinois (PhD, Theoretical & Applied Mechanics), Dasgupta has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Clark School since 1988. In his time with ME, Dasgupta has continued his career-spanning research on the mechanics of engineered, heterogeneous, active materials, with special emphasis on the micromechanics of constitutive and damage behavior, and has established a number of significant education programs and research centers through the Clark School and ME’s Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), including the CALCE Electronic Packaging Research Center (1990), the Electronic Packaging and Reliability (EPAR) education program (1994), and the Smart Materials & Structures Research Center (1996).

Dasgupta is a member of the SEM, AAM, SAMPE, SPIE and the ASME, where he has served on numerous committees, including the Composites Committee of the Materials Division (1992-present), Adaptive Structures Committee of the Aerospace Division (1995-present), and the Electronics Manufacturing Committee of the Electronics Packaging Division (1996-present). He is also a sought-after presenter, consultant, editor, and author with over 150 journal articles and conference papers, 9 book chapters and 3 completed volumes to his credit. He has presented over 20 short workshops nationally and internationally, served on the editorial boards of three different international journals, organized several national and international conferences, and received a number of awards for his contributions in materials engineering research and education, including the Maurice Simpson Technical Editor's Award (1990, 2010), UMD Special Faculty Award (1990 & 1991), ARL Director’s Award (1996), Villanova University Distinguished Alumnus Award (2002), and the Institute for Environmental Sciences Reliability Test and Evaluation Award (1996).

Currently, Dasgupta continues his faculty responsibilities with CALCE and ME, where he is a past Director of the Mechanics and Materials Division, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in a range of critical engineering topics, including Mechanics of Materials (ENME 489Y/Z; ENME684), Finite Element Methods (ENME 674), Accelerated Qualification of Electronic Systems ENME 808X) and Nanomechanics (ENME 808E).

For more information on Professor Dasgupta, please visit his faculty page.

Published January 7, 2011