Dr. Ramana Grandhi, Professor of Aerospace Engineering

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Dr. Ramana Grandhi is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Air Force Institute of Technology. Previously he was a Distinguished Professor at Wright State University, Dayton, OH, and also served as the Director of Engineering Ph.D. program for 15 years and Executive Director of International Collaborations and Graduate Programs for 4 years. His research interests are in multidisciplinary analysis and optimization, aircraft structures, risk-based design, and advanced manufacturing processes. He is the author of more than 180 journal papers, 230 conference articles, and one textbook. In his 30-year academic career at Wright State Dr. Grandhi has supervised 25 Ph.D. dissertations, 50 M.S. theses, and 30 post-doctoral fellows. His extensive research has included partnerships with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, NASA, NSF, DARPA, GE, Boeing, Lockheed, Pratt & Whitney, Caterpillar, Ford, GM, and small businesses.

In recognition of his sustained contributions in teaching and research , Dr. Grandhi has been honored with numerous awards: ASME Fellow, AIAA Fellow, the AIAA MDO Award, the Solberg Award from the American Society of Naval Engineers, the TANA Award for Excellence in Engineering, Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award, the Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award from the Engineering and Science Foundation of Dayton, the University Professor Title, the Brage Golding Distinguished Professor Award, the UP & COMERS Award from Price Waterhouse, the Caterpillar Quality Improvement Award, the DOW Outstanding Faculty Award from ASEE, and the RALPH R. TEETOR Educational Award from SAE.


 Honors and Awards

2017  Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award

  • Presented at the House of Lords, British Parliament, London, UK
  • NRI Welfare Society of India, representing 31 million Indians abroad

2015 Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement Award

  •  Given by the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India

2014 AIAA Sustained Service Award

  • Given for conference leadership, significant publications, and leadership in technical committees.
  • Presented in Washington, DC.

1996 - 2014 The Distinguished Professor Title

  • Given by the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

2012 Outstanding Leadership Award

  • Given by WSU College of Engineering and Computer Science for leadership of Ph.D. in Engineering Program.

2009 ASME Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Given by Datyon Section in recognition of a long and distinguished career of contribution to the mechanicial engineering profession.

2007 TANA Award for Excellence in Engineering

  • Given by the Telugu Association of North America, which represents one million Telugu speaking people in the U.S.

2006 AIAA MDO Award

  • Given by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics MDO Committee
  • Awarded only once every two years

2005 AIAA Fellow

  • Given by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Only one Fellow is elected from every 1,000 voting members of AIAA

2004 - 2009  and 1998 - 2003 The University Professor Title

  • Given by Wright State University, Dayton, OH
  • A title reserved for those who have made outstanding contributions beyond the confines of their own discipline

2004 ASNE Solberg Award

  • Given by the American Society of Naval Engineers
  • For a signifi cant research contribution to naval engineering

2004 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award

  • Given by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers

1998 The Outstanding Technical Contribution Award

  • Given by the AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Section
  • In view of signifi cant technical achievement

1998 The Distinguished Service Award

  • Given by the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee

1996 Caterpillar Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Award

  • Given by Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Due to the successful research of the preform design of track links
  • The results of this project are in production

1994 The Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award

  • Given by the Engineering and Science Foundation of Dayton and the Affiliate Societies Council

1992 - 1995 The Brage Golding Distinguished Research Professor Title

  • Given by Wright State University, Dayton, OH

1990 The Excellence in Research Award

  • Given by the College of Engineering and Computer Science

1990 The UP & COMERS Award

  • Given by Price Waterhouse and the Muse Machine

1989 The DOW Outstanding Faculty Award

  • Given by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

1987 The RALPH R. TEETOR Educational Award

  • Given by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

1987 Outstanding Young Man of America

1986 - 2018 Best Paper Awards at the Annual Symposium on Aerospace Science and Technology

  •  Given more than a dozen times by AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Section


Journal Papers

1. Gorguluarslan, R.M., Choi, H-J., Grandhi, R.V., Choi, S.K., “Prediction Assessment and Validation of MultiscaleModels for Additively Manufactured Lattice Structures under Uncertainty,” Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2019, pp. 1365-1379.

2. Li, H., Grandhi, R.V., Kobayashi, M., and Kolonay, R.M., “Hybrid Cellular Division and Level Set Based Global-Local Design Framework for Structural Shape and Topology Optimization,” Journal of Structrural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, (submitted), January 2019.

3. Fischer, C.C., Grandhi, R.V., and Beran, P.S., “Bayesian Enhanced Low-Fidelity Correction Approach to Multi-Fidelity Aerospace Design,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 56, No.8, 2018, pp. 1-12

4. Cherry, M.R., Sathish, S., and Grandhi, R.V., “A numerical method for predicting Rayleigh surface wave velocity in anisotropic crystals,” Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 351, 2017, pp. 108-120.

5. Cherry, M.R., Dierken, J., Boehnlein, T., Pilchak, A.L., Sathish, S., and Grandhi, R.V., “Impulse Excitation Scanning Acoustic Microscopy of Local Quantification of Rayleigh Surface Wave Velocity Using B-Scan Analysis,” Review of Scientific Instruments, 89, 013706, 2018.

6. Ye, H., Yang, Z, Yang, Q., Xiao, Y., Grandhi, R.V., and Fischer, C.C., “Optimal Design of a Three Tape-spring Hinge Deployable Space Structure Using an Experimentally Validated Physics-based Model,” Journal of Structural and Multidiscipliary Optimization, Vol. 56, No.5, 2017, pp. 973-989.

7. Cherry, M., Sathish, S., Pilchak, A., Moders, R., and Grandhi, R.V., “Modeling of the Change of Impedance of an Eddy Current Probe Due to Small Changes in Host Conductivity.” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 53, No. 5, 2017, pp. 1-10.

8. Gobal, K., Grandhi, R.V., Koehler, C.M., and Beran, P.S., “High-Fidelity Mulidisciplinary Shape Sensitivity Analysis for Coupled Fluid-Solid Interaction Design,” AIAA Journal (submitted), 2017.

9. Deaton, J.D., and Grandhi, R.V., “Stress-based Design of Thermal Structures via Topology Optimization,” Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2016, pp. 253-270.

10. Vasu, A., and Grandhi, R.V., “Impact of Plasticity Generated by Rayleigh Waves on the Residual Stress Behavior of Structural Components Subjected to Laser Peening,” International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2015, pp. 107-123.

11. Knopp, J.S., Ciarallo, F., and Grandhi, R.V., “Developments in Probability of Detection Modeling and Simulation Studies,” Materials Evaluation, Vol. 73, No. 1, 2015, pp. 55-61.

12. Gobal, K., Grandhi, R.V., and Kolonay, R.M., “Continuum Sensitivity Analysis for Structural Shape Design Variables Using Finite Volume Method,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2015, pp. 347-355.

13. Vasu, A., Gobal, K., and Grandhi, R.V., “A Computational Methodology for Determining the Optimum Re-Peening Schedule for an Improved Fatigue Life of Laser Peened Aircraft Components,” International Journal of Fatigue, Vol. 70, 2015, pp. 395-405.

14. Park, I., and Grandhi, R.V., “A Bayesian Statistical Method for Quantifying Model Form Uncertainty and Two Model Averaging Techniques,” Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Vol. 129, Sept. 2014, pp. 46-56.

15. Deaton, J.D., and Grandhi, R.V., “Significance of Geometric Nonlineraity in the Design of Thermally Loaded Structures,” AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 52, No. 4, 2015, pp. 1226-1234.

16. Knopp, J.S., Ciarallo, F. W., and Grandhi, R. V., “Recent Developments in Probability of Detection Modeling and Simulation Studies,” Materials Evaluation, Vol. 73, No. 1, 2015, pp. 55-61.

17. Fischer, C., and Grandhi, R.V., “A Comparison of Model-Form Uncertainty Quantification Techniques for Thermal-Structural Modeling,” SRESA Journal of Life Cycle Reliability and Safety Engineering (accepted), January 2014.

18. Loughnane, G., Groeber, M., Uchic, M., Shah, M., Srinivasan, R., and Grandhi, R. V., “Modeling the effect of voxel resolution on the accuracy of phantom grain ensemble statistics,” Materials Characterization, Vol. 90, April 2014, pp. 136-150.

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