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CEE Professor Sanjay Arwade Elected a Fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute in the American Society of Civil Engineers

Sanjay Arwade

Sanjay Arwade

Professor Sanjay Raja Arwade, who specializes in structural engineering and mechanics in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and is a member of the Wind Energy Center faculty, has been elected as a Fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers. EMI awards Fellow membership to individuals with a distinguished record of research, accomplishments, and service to EMI. Arwade has published more than 75 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and has been funded for more than 18 collaborative research projects, with grants totaling over $6,957,000.

EMI has a vision of being a premier organization representing engineering mechanics by effectively serving the needs of the worldwide engineering community and promoting both research and application of scientific and mathematical principles to address a broad spectrum of existing and emerging engineering and societal problems.

Arwade has received multiple research grants from institutions such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the American Iron and Steel Institute. His varied research interests include probabilistic mechanics, material mechanics, historic structures, structural reliability, computational solid mechanics, structural aspects of wind-energy development, and structural design of green buildings.

Arwade summarizes his research topics by saying that numerous sources of system uncertainty, such as material property variability and loading randomness, generate response uncertainty in structural and solid mechanics problems.

Consequently, as Arwade writes, “My interests in this area lie in developing: (1) new methods for representing the input uncertainties as random fields and generating samples of those random fields; (2) efficient methods for quantifying uncertainty in systems with large numbers of random input parameters and performing dimension reduction on such systems; (3) and system reliability effects in the structural systems wind turbine analysis and reliability.”

Arwade also explains that he is working with collaborators on new methods for multi-physics, probabilistic simulation of offshore wind turbine support structures to allow designers to use quantitative risk-based approaches to design of such structures.

In addition, he is researching probabilistic damage modeling in random heterogeneous materials. According to Arwade, “Through computational simulations, validated by experiments, I am characterizing the way in which material heterogeneity manifests as uncertainty in material response that then influences structural reliabilities.”

Beyond all those research achievements, Arwade has served as a visiting professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile, the University of Perugia in Italy, Columbia University, the Johns Hopkins University, and Sandia National Laboratories.

Among other honors, Arwade has been a Student Centered Teaching and Learning Fellow at UMass Amherst, the winner of the CEE Department Research Prize, a Lilly Teaching Fellow, an NSF New Century Scholar, the recipient of the John E. Perry Teaching Assistant Prize from Cornell University, and the American Concrete Institute (New Jersey Section) award for outstanding research in concrete structures.

Arwade earned his Ph.D. and M.S. from Cornell University and his B.S.E. at Princeton University. (September 2020)