Kaushik Bhattacharya

Professor of Mechanics and Materials Science

Mail Stop 104-44

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA 91125

Tel: 626 395 8306

Fax: 626 583 4963

Email: bhatta@caltech.edu

Homepage: www.mechmat.caltech.edu

 

 

Biography

Kaushik Bhattacharya is a Professor of Mechanics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and has been on the faculty there since 1993.  He received his B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 1986, his Ph.D in Mechanics from the University of Minnesota in 1991 and his post-doctoral training at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences during 1991-1993.  He has held visiting positions at Cornell University, Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), Max-Planck-Institute (Leipzig, Germany), Cambridge University (England), Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore, India) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  His research interests lie at the intersection of Mechanics, Materials Science and Mathematics.  He has as authored over 75 peer-reviewed scientific articles and a research monograph on shape-memory materials.  He has given invited and plenary lectures at various professional organizations and universities in the United States, Europe and Asia.  He received the Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1994, Charles Lee Powell Award in 1997, the Young Investigator Prize from the Society of Engineering Science (SES) in 2004, the Special Achievements Award in Applied Mechanics from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2004, and the Best Paper Award in the area of Active Materials from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2005.  He is currently an Editor of the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, and serves on the Editorial Board of other notable archival journals.  He has organized numerous international meetings including a four-month program on Mechanics at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, England in 1999, and an international Conference on the Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science in 2004.  He has supervised 10 doctoral students and mentored 7 postdoctoral scholars, 11 of whom hold currently faculty positions at universities around the world.