Somnath Ghosh

Michael G. Callas Chair Professor

Department of Civil and Systems Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Director, Computational Mechanics Research Laboratory (CMRL)
Director, Center for Integrated Structure-Materials Modeling and Simulations (CISMMS)
Director, Center of Excellence on Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM)


Research Interests

Computational Mechanics Modeling with a focus on multi-scale structure-materials analysis and simulations, multi-physics modeling and simulation of multi-functional materials, materials characterization, process modeling, emerging fields like Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME).Specific areas of activity include:

  • Multiple spatial and temporal scale modeling and simulations of mechanical-electro-magnetic phenomena, applied to antenna and sensor applications
  • Multiple spatial and temporal scale image-based modeling of polycrystalline materials
  • Multiple spatial and temporal scale image-based modeling of composite materials
  • Multi-scale material characterization and virtual image simulation
  • Fatigue and life prediction of metals and composites with experimental integration
  • Brittle and ductile failure of heterogeneous materials
  • Instabilities in thermal barrier coatings
  • Molecular dynamics simulations of polymeric and metallic materials
  • Probabilistic methods in multi-scale modeling
  • Metal forming and materials processing simulation and design
  • Novel finite element model development with adaptivity
  • Biomaterials and design of bio-implant and prosthetics

Somnath Ghosh, the Michael G. Callas Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering, is world-renowned in the area of materials modeling. His pioneering research in spatio-temporal multiscale and multiphysics modeling has had transformative impact on different material classes, including metals, composites and multifunctional materials.

Through innovations transcending computational mechanics and computational materials science, Ghosh’s research has pushed the boundaries of emerging materials fields such integrated computational materials engineering (ICME). His computational models and tools for material response and failure, especially for fatigue failure, are gaining high visibility in the aerospace and propulsion industries, as well as in the U.S. Air Force and Army Research Laboratories. Based on his visionary ICME research, the Air Force funded his Center for Excellence in Integrated Materials Modeling from 2012-2018, with Ghosh as principle investigator and director.

His interdisciplinary research has helped bring the computational mechanics and computational materials science communities together to work on problems of high technological relevance. He is known for collaborating across academic disciplines and with government laboratories and industry partners to make pioneering advances in the state-of-the art of engineering materials research. His findings have been disseminated not only through archival literature, but also through research software and knowledge-base to various industry partners, including Pratt & Whitney and GE, as well as government partners, such as the Air Force and Army Research Laboratories .

Ghosh has published more than 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceeding publications. He is the author of Micromechanical Analysis and Multi-Scale Modeling Using the Voronoi Cell Finite Element Methods. He co-edited Computational Methods for Microstructure-Property Relations and Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): Advancing Computational and Experimental Methods, and is a section co-editor for “Crystal Plasticity: Atomistics to Macroscale” in the Handbook of Materials Modeling. Volume 1 Methods: Theory and Modeling.

Ghosh has received major awards and honors from various professional societies, including the 2020 Computational Mechanics Award from IACM (International Association for Computational Mechanics), the 2019 Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award from ASME-AMD, the 2018 Investigator Medal from ICCM (International Conference on Computational Methods), the 2017 Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award from TMS Structural Materials Division, and the 2013 Nathan Newmark Medal from ASCE. He is also a fellow of nine major professional societies, including The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), Society of Engineering Science (SES), Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI), International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM), American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM), ASM International, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

He has served as an elected member of the ASCE-Engineering Mechanics Institute Board of Governors (2016-2020). He was the vice-president (2019-2020) and treasurer (2017-2018) of the EMI-BoG, and also the chair of the EMI Committee of Computational Mechanics Committee (2011-2014).

He was president (2014-2016), vice-president (2012-2014) and secretary/treasurer (2010-2012), and past president (2016-2020) of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, and a two-term member of its executive council (2002-2006, 2008-2010). While serving as president, he helped establish Technical Thrust Areas (TTAs)— a hallmark of advanced fields in USACM. Ghosh currently serves as the publications committee chair of ICME/JOM for TMS. He has served as the chair of the ASME COMCAM and MPM committees, and was an associate editor of JEMT.

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