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Dr. S. Gopalakrishnan

1987 - M.Tech - Applied Mechanics Professor,Department of Aerospace Engineering @ Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Dr. S. Gopalakrishnan obtained his B.E in Civil Engineering from Visveswariah College of Engineering, University of Bangalore in First class with Distinction. At IIT Madras, he obtained an M.Tech in Applied Mechanics and was a Gold Medalist. He went on to complete his Ph.D in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, Indiana, USA.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan is an acknowledged expert in Spectral Finite Element Methods (SFEM), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Wave Propagation in Structures. He has helped SFEM grow both nationally and internationally, and has won many honors. He has authored the only book in the area of SFEM. He is invited by many  universities to develop collaborative research in SHM, and is the Chairman of the Aerospace and SHM-related Project Assessment and Review Committee under the National Program on Micro and Smart Systems (NPMASS), Government of India, whose mandate is to develop micro devices and SHM products for Aerospace and defense laboratories, and for national programmes. He is currently managing about Rs. 60 crores worth of projects. He also serves on many national and international councils and committees related to Aeronautical and Aerospace engineering and research.

He has been associated with the Department of Aerospace Engineering at IISc, Bangalore for the last fifteen years. He is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and has also received Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. He was awarded the Satish Dhawan Young Scientist Award in Aerospace Sciences by the Government of Karnataka in 2004. In 2005, he received the Biren Roy Trust Award from the Aeronautical Society of India for outstanding contribution in the field of Smart Structures and Structural Health Monitoring.

In recognition of Dr. Gopalakrishnan’s academic excellence and research contributions in SFEM, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer on him this award. 

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