Dr. Guruswami Ravichandran - Jio Institute
Dr. Guruswami Ravichandran
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Dr. Guruswami Ravichandran PROVOST

Provost, Jio Institute
Former Otis Booth Leadership Chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech

Prof. Guruswami Ravichandran is the founding Provost and Professor of Engineering at Jio Institute. From 2015 to 2021, he served as the Otis Booth Leadership Chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech. He also served as the Director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at California Institute of Technology (GALCIT) from 2009 to 2015.

Dr. Ravichandran holds Ph.D. in Engineering and M.S. in Engineering both from Brown University, USA, and B.E. (honors) degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras. He is a Member of US National Academy of Engineering, foreign Member Academia Europaea, among others. He received Warner T. Koiter Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, William M. Murray Lecture Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics, Chevalier de l’ordre des Palmes Academiques, Republic of France, among many other Awards and recognition for his contribution to research and teaching.

 

Research Interests:

  • Mechanics of materials
  • Dynamic Behavior
  • Wave Propagation
  • Micro/Nano Mechanics
  • Composites
  • Active Materials
  • Biomaterials and Cell Mechanics
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph. D) in Engineering (Solid Mechanics and Structures), Brown University, USA
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering in Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA
  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) with Honors in Mechanical Engineering, Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli
     

Academies

  • Member, U.S. National Academy of Engineering, 2015
  • Foreign Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2012
  • Foreign Member, International Academy of Engineering, 2012
  • Foreign Member, Academia Europaea, 2017
  • Foreign Member, European Union Academy of Sciences, 2018

 

Professional Societies

  • Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), 2012
  • Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), 2010
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2000
  • Life Member, Society of Engineering Science (SES), 2013

 

Awards

  • P. S. Theocaris Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), 2021
  • R. E. Peterson Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), 2021 (for Best Paper published in the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials in 2020)
  • Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2018
  • Werner Koester Prize, German Materials Society (DGM), 2015 (for Best Paper published in the International Journal of Materials Research in 2014)
  • Warner T. Koiter Medal and Lecture, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2014
  • William M. Murray Lecture Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), 2014
  • Fylde Prize, British Society for Strain Measurement (BSSM), 2014 (for Best Paper published in the Journal Strain in 2013)
  • A.C. Eringen Medal, Society of Engineering Science (SES), 2013
  • Chevalier de l'ordre des Palmes Academiques, Republic of France, 2011
  • Best Paper Award in Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2011
  • Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education, Dual Masters Program between Caltech and Ecole Polytechnique, Institute of International Education (IIE), 2010
  • Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, Pi Tau Sigma and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2008
  • M. Hetenyi Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), 2008 (for Best Paper published in Experimental Mechanics in 2006)
  • Doctor honoris causa (Dhc), Paul Verlaine University, Metz, France, 2006
  • Best Paper Award in Adaptive Structures and Material Systems, Aerospace Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2005
  • Aditya Birla Chair Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 2007
  • Chair in International Cooperation Visiting Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, 2005
  • B. J. Lazan Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), 2005 (for outstanding original contributions to experimental mechanics)
  • Senior Visiting Scientist, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, France, 2001-‘02
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1991
  • Elected to Sigma Xi (Scientific Honor Society), 1983
  • Merit Scholar, Regional Engineering College, Trichy, India, 1976-’81
  • National Merit Certificate, Government of India, 1975

California Institute of Technology

  • John E. Goode, Jr. Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, 2010-
  • Otis Booth Leadership Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, 2015-2021
  • Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT), 2009-2015
  • Associate Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT), 2008-2009
  • John E. Goode, Jr. Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, 2005-2010
  • Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, 2000-2005
  • Professor of Aeronautics, 1999-2000
  • Associate Professor of Aeronautics, 1995-1999
  • Assistant Professor of Aeronautics, 1990-1995

 

University of California, San Diego

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, 1987-1090
  • California Institute of Technology, Research Fellow, Aeronautics, 1986-1987
     

Society Memberships

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics (AAM)
  • Life Member, Society of Engineering Science (SES)