Abhijit Bhattacharyya, Professor of Applied Science
Dr. Bhattacharyya is a Professor in the Department of Applied Science and has been on the faculty of that department since 2002. Following his doctoral dissertation in the analytical modeling of composites and phase transformations in steels, he branched off into smart materials and MEMS. His research in the area of shape memory alloys (a “smart material”) has been on-going for the last decade, followed by recent forays into piezoelectrics/ferroelectrics (another “smart material”) and MEMS. He has actively encouraged research in his laboratory both in modeling and experiments. To date, he has about 50 journal publications, and has mentored 10 students who have graduated with a masters degree (5 students) and doctoral degree (5 students). He deeply values the contributions made not only by his graduate students and postdoctoral researchers but also by undergraduate students and high school students who have worked in his laboratory, some o f whom have co-authored papers with him. He has been funded by DARPA (as PI), ARO (PI), DOE (co-PI) and NSF-EPSCOR (as senior personnel) to the tune of $ 1.64 million (his share) since his move to the U.S. in 2002. He has received the College Research Excellence Award in Little Rock, has been a guest editor twice for the journal of “Smart Materials and Structures” and has been the Session Chair several times in international conferences. He has collaborated or has active collaborations with researchers in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, St.Petersburg State Technical University and Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, St.Petersburg, Russia as well as Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India.