I am an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE) department at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. I received a Ph.D from the University of California San Diego in the general field of Structural Engineering with specific focus on wave propagation. My adviser at UCSD was Dr. Francesco Lanza di Scalea. I then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Nemat Nasser's group at UCSD.
My areas of current research interest are mechanics and dynamics, wave propagation, metamaterials and phononics, GPU computing, NDE and SHM but more importantly I love working on creative and intriguing problems. A synopsis of my current and past research can be found on my research page (along with my CV and a list of selected publications).
I have also maintained a blog for many years now (Chintan) which has become a rather honest rear view mirror for me, faithfully and sometimes embarrassingly charting the undulating landscape of a personality constantly in flux.
I love reading books and have compiled a list of the ones that I remember having read (Books). No such list can exist without the compiler having to suffer hushed recriminations of pomposity. However it is included here more as a resource for those who are on the look-out for something good to read.
I have also been trying to compile my family's genealogy. If you are related to me, even by a remote thread, consider helping me by adding your own knowledge about your family, descendants, and ancestors at my Genealogy page.