Kalidindi Named Regents Professor

Surya KalidindiThe University System of Georgia (USG)'s Board of Regents recently announced that it has named George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering professor Surya Kalidindi to a Regents' Professorship. The title represents the highest academic and research recognition bestowed by the USG and demonstrates distinction and achievement in teaching and scholarly research.

Joining Kalidindi as newly appointed Regents Professors at Georgia Tech are:

  • Gerhard J. (John) Krige, Melvin Kranzberg Professor in the History of Technology in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
  • Elizabeth Mynatt, Distinguished Professor in the College of Computing and executive director of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT).
  • Haesun Park, professor of Computational Science and Engineering in the College of Computing and director of the Center for Data Analytics.

Margaret L. Loper, principal research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, was named a Regents Researcher.

Kalidindi joined the Woodruff School as a professor in 2013 with joint appointments in the School of Computational Science and Engineering and in the School of Materials Science and Engineering.

Kalidindi's research efforts over the past two decades have made seminal contributions to the fields of crystal plasticity, microstructure design, spherical nanoindentation, and materials informatics. His work has already produced more than 225 journal articles, six book chapters, and two books. His work is well cited by peer researchers as reflected by an h-index of 65 and a current citation rate of more than 1700 citations/year (Google Scholar). He has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt award in recognition of his lifetime achievements in research (2013). Kalidindi has been elected a Fellow of Alpha Sigma Mu (2010), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME; 2011), ASM International (2011), and The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS; 2015). Most recently, he has been selected by the Department of Defense as one of 11 distinguished faculty scientists and engineers to join the 2018 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows.

Kalidindi's research interests are broadly centered on designing material internal structure (including composition) for optimal performance in any selected application and identifying hybrid processing routes for its manufacture. To this end, he has employed a blend of experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches in his research. He is especially interested in the following topics:

  • Physics-Based Multi-scale Models, Crystal Plasticity, Crystallographic Slip, Deformation Twinning, Texture Evolution, Finite Element Models, Computational Mechanics and Materials Science
  • Microstructure Sensitive Design, n-point Statistics, Microstructure Hulls, Property Closures, Process Networks, Spectral Methods for Microstructure-Property-Processing Linkages
  • Microstructure Informatics, Data Analytics, Materials Knowledge Systems, Cyberinfrastructure for Materials Innovation
  • Characterization of Local Anisotropic Mechanical Behavior in Heterogeneous Materials using Spherical Nanoindentation and extracting Indentation Stress-Strain Curves
  • Microstructure-Property Relationships in Bone, Bone Quality, Raman Spectroscopy

With the Board of Regents announcement, Kalidindi joins his Woodruff School colleagues Andrés Garcia, David  N. Ku, David L. McDowell, Suresh K. Sitaraman, Weston M. Stacey, Jr., and Ward O. Winer, who were previously named Regents' Professors.

"Surya is an accomplished researcher and internationally known for his work in data informatics," said Samuel Graham, the Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr. Chair of the Woodruff School. "He has been an invaluable member of the Woodruff School faculty since he joined us in 2013 and he has been central to Georgia Tech's efforts in the Materials Genome Initiative. We're proud that he is receiving this honor from the University System of Georgia."

Each year, the college deans may nominate two academic faculty members for the Regents Professor title and one research faculty member for the Regents Researcher title. The Georgia Tech Research Institute may nominate two research faculty members for Regents Researcher. The titles are awarded upon approval by the USG chancellor and its Committee on Academic Affairs only with unanimous recommendation by the university’s president, the executive vice president for research, the chief academic officer, the appropriate academic dean, and three other faculty members.