Professor in mechanical engineering is named to National Academy


J.N. Reddy

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has named Dr. J.N. Reddy, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, among its 2015 class of new members. Reddy, who is a Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and holder of the Oscar S. Wyatt Endowed Chair, was recognized year for his contributions to composite structures and engineering education.

Reddy came to Texas A&M as an endowed chaired professor in 1992, bringing his passion for education and research to enrich the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is the author of nearly 500 journal papers and 18 books (several with second and third editions) on energy principles, variational methods, plates and shells, composite materials, mechanics of solids, and the finite element method and its applications. He has delivered more than 120 plenary, keynote or general invited lectures at international conferences and institutions, taught over 90 short courses, and advised 32 postdoctoral fellows and research visitors and over 100 graduate theses.

Reddy’s research centers on theoretical formulations and numerical simulations of problems in solid and structural mechanics, composite materials, computational fluid dynamics, numerical heat transfer, geology and geophysics, and computational biology. Reddy’s most significant contribution is the development of refined third-order and layer-wise plate and shell theories that bear his name in the literature. His plate and shell theories, which account for transverse shear deformation and interlaminar stresses in laminated composite materials are well-received by the composite materials and structures community all over the world and they are highly cited. The Defense Evaluation and Research Agency, DERA, Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom contracted ABAQUS (HKS, Inc.) and Reddy as a consultant to incorporate his ideas on higher-order and layer-wise theories into the software, which is used by universities as well as most structural analysis companies around the world. Reddy was the principal architect of a 3-D fluid flow finite element program based on the penalty function method in NISA finite element software, which is one of the most comprehensive engineering analysis suites available to address the automotive, aerospace, energy and power, civil, and electronics industries. His work on non-Newtonian flows was the basis of the code HyperForm (Reddy’s Ph.D. student was hired by Altair, which owns the software).

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