Somnath Ghosh is the Michael G. Callas Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering. He is the director of the Computational Mechanics Research Laboratory (CMRL) and the founding director of the Center for Integrated Structure-Materials Modeling and Simulations (CISMMS), an interdisciplinary research center to foster advances in computational structure-material analysis and design. He was the lead PI and director of the U.S. Air-Force-funded, multi-university Center of Excellence in Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM). He holds secondary appointments as a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a professor the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.
His research has had a transformative impact on modeling metals, composites, and multifunctional materials in various applications. He has made game-changing advances in spatio-temporal multiscale and multiphysics modeling with a focus on prognosis and life prediction of metals and composites, as well as in multifunctional applications like damage sensing in piezo-electric materials and load-bearing antenna. A number of his computational models and tools are in use in the aerospace, automotive, materials, and propulsion industries with entities like Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Rolls-Royce, as well as in Department of Defense laboratories like the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory.
Ghosh has published more than 280 papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceeding publications. He has authored a book titled “Micromechanical Analysis and Multi-Scale Modeling Using the Voronoi Cell Finite Element Method” and has co-edited two books, “Computational Methods for Microstructure-Property Relations, Springer NY, 1st Edition, 2011” and “Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): Advancing Computational and Experimental Methods,” Springer International, 2020. He is a co-editor for “Crystal Plasticity: Atomistics to Macroscale” in the “Handbook of Materials Modeling, Volume 1 Methods: Theory and Modeling,” Springer International, 2020.
He is a Fellow of 10 professional societies, including The Materials and Minerals Society (TMS), Society of Engineering Science (SES), Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI/ASCE), the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM), American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) (2007), ASM International, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Ghosh received his BTech in mechanical engineering at The Indian Institute of Technology in 1980; a master’s in theoretical and applied mechanics at Cornell University in 1983; and a doctorate in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at the University of Michigan in 1988.