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Distinguished Presidential Fellowship awarded to Anand Nagarajan

Anand Nagarajan has a passion for numerical modeling. The mechanical engineering doctoral student has already developed a robust algorithm for facilitating fast and efficient modeling of novel materials. Now he’ll be able to do even more, thanks to his recent selection as a distinguished Ohio State Presidential Fellow.

Anand NagarajanNagarajanThe most prestigious award given by the Graduate School, Presidential Fellowship awardees are described as embodying the highest standards of scholarship in the full range of Ohio State's graduate programs. The esteemed designation will provide Nagarajan with full-time financial support for one year to allow him to complete his dissertation unimpeded by other duties.

Under the direction of Assistant Professor Soheil Soghrati, Nagarajan has devoted his dissertation work to creating an efficient numerical framework for the automated generation of high-fidelity simulation models of novel materials. In the past, simulation methods for materials such as alloys, fiber composites and structural adhesives involved a labor-intensive process that was often at risk of being inaccurate.

The new method—dubbed Conforming to Interface Structured Adaptive Mesh Refinement (CISAMR)—will facilitate fast and efficient modeling of novel materials with complex geometries.

Nagarajan described the adaptable method he developed. “This numerical framework can function as a powerful tool for modeling large-scale problems such as uncertainty quantification and design optimization requiring thousands of simulations, thereby pushing the envelope of computational design and impacting the automotive, aerospace and even the biomedical industry.”

With the support of the Presidential Fellowship, Nagarajan aims to improve the efficiency of his numerical framework, while also adding key capabilities for modeling problems, such as fracture mechanics and crystal plasticity.

“I’m extremely honored to receive the prestigious Presidential Fellowship,” said Nagarajan, who performs his research in the department’s Automated Computational Mechanics Laboratory.

“It’s not only a recognition of my research and academic achievements, but also a testament to the range of innovative research activities supported by the university.”

Nagarajan has presented his findings at the International Council of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ICTAM), held in Montreal in August 2016. More recently he presented at the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) conference held in Boston in June 2018.

He joins the ranks of a number of department students who have received the Presidential Fellowship.