Namas Chandra, Ph D, PE

Center for Injury Biomechanics, materials and medicine (CIBM3), NJIT


Dr. Namas Chandra is the Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director, Center for Injury Bio-mechanics, materials, and medicine. He held Elmer-Koch Professorship of Engineering and recent past Associate Dean for research and Graduate Studies at the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).He is the Director of $ 5.8 M UNL-Army Center for Trauma Mechanics. After about 8 years of work experience in Nuclear Industry, Dr. Chandra completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 at Texas A&M University. From 1986 to 2006, he was at Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Florida State University. In 2006, after about 20 years as a research professor, Dr. Chandra became the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at UNL. During this period, he has published over 192 publications including 95 in archival journals, edited four books, two book chapters, presented 45 colloquiums, 6 workshops. He has also supervised MS, PhD and post-doctoral students totaling 40 in numbers. As associate dean for research he oversaw a research funding of $30 Million per year for 175 faculty member in 11 different departments in the college. He has been continuously funded approximately $23 Million from federal, state and private agencies, with a current funding of $7M. He is dedicated to engineering education, esp. international education and has strong collaborative ties with Brazil, France, Sweden and India. Dr. Chandra was the first engineering faculty to receive the Developing Scholar Award in 1993, and the only engineering faculty to receive the Outstanding Service to the Profession Award of the Florida Engineering Society in 1990. He was elected as a Fellow of ASME in 1997. He received the highest research honor as the University Research Professor at FSU in 2005. He is on the editorial board of four premier journals. He is the associate editor of the premier ASME journal of Materials, associate editor of International Journal of Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structure, and ASM journal of processing, and editorial board of CMES: Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences, an International Journal. He was the organizing chair of the International Conference on Superplasticity -2000 in Orlando, and ICSSD 2005. His research interests include computational mechanics of materials at various scales, superplasticity, interfaces, nano-bio materials, experimental mechanics, blast- and blunt-induced traumatic brain injury. Recently his Trauma Mechanics Research Laboratory was recognized in the top 10 shock labs in the country by Popular Science. He has recently joined NJIT as the Director of CIBM3 and Professor of Biomedical engineering effective July 2013.