Jagadeep Thota Lecturer, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Biography Jagadeep Thota did his doctoral studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). After completing his Ph.D., he worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Materials & Structures in UNLV. He joined UAH in Fall 2013. His research interest is in the area of structural mechanics (computational and experimental), material characterization with emphasis on composite materials, finite element analysis and optimization. Some of his past research includes, shock mitigation studies in armored vehicles; high impact analysis of armor material; design, analysis and fabrication of light weight composite blast containment vessels; and characterization of glass and carbon composites at dynamic strain rates. He has authored (or co-authored) more than 30 peer-reviewed international journal and conference technical papers. He has been a Co-PI on NASA EPSCoR grant and Hyundai Rotem research award. Over the years, he has taught a wide variety of mechanical engineering courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. He is a member of honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi. He is currently the coordinator for Mechanics of Materials laboratory, and Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines laboratory. Also, he is the chief advisor of the UAH chapter of Tau Beta Pi. View Jagadeep Thota's CV Education Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2010 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2006 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Bangalore University, India, 2001 Classes Taught FYE 101E - Freshman Year Experience for Engineers MAE 111 - Introduction to Computational Tools MAE 364 - Kinematics & Dynamics of Machines MAE 370 - Mechanics of Materials MAE 378 - Materials & Manufacturing Process MAE 466 - Mechanics & Design of Machine Elements Honors & Awards Listed in Who’s Who in America 2011, 65th Edition (2011). Best Essay Award by the ASME Nevada professional chapter (2008). Poster awards for the composite bridge and wing competitions held by SAMPE (2007-2010). Outstanding academic achievement award from Honors convocation in UNLV (2006). Outstanding paper award at the 51st International SAMPE Symposium & Exhibition (2006). Awarded third place for a paper in the 2006 AIAA student conference (2006). Member of Phi Kappa Phi, honor society (2006). Member of the UNLV ASME Human Powered Vehicle Competition (HPVC) design team that won the first place in design and race (2005). Awarded second place for a paper in the 2005 AIAA student conference (2005). Member of Tau Beta Pi, engineering honor society (2005). Publications Thota J, Trabia MB, O’Toole BJ (2015) Computational prediction of low impact shock propagation in a lab-scale space bolted frame structure. International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements 3 (2): 139-149. Thota J, Trabia MB, O’Toole BJ, Lee CH, Park HL, Kim HB, Koo MH, Lee KH (2013) Optimization of the shock mitigation layer in the space frame joints of an armored vehicle. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conference, Portland, OR. Trabia MB, O’Toole BJ, Thota J, Jennings R, Somasundaram D, Roy S (2013) Computational simulation and experimental study of plastic deformation in A36 steel during high velocity impact. ASME Verification and Validation Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Thota J, Saadeh M, Trabia MB, O’Toole BJ, Lee CH, Woo KJ, Park HL, Lee KW, Koo MH, Lee KH (2012) Material characterization of rubberized aramid for shock mitigation. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Houston, TX. Thota J, Trabia MB, O’Toole BJ (2012) Finite element validation of low impact response on a lab-scale frame structure. ASME Verification and Validation Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Nelson SM, O’Toole BJ, Thota J (2012) Analytical Methods for Blast Loaded Composite Structures. ASME Verification and Validation Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Thota J, O’Toole BJ, Trabia MB (2011) Optimization of shocks within a military vehicle space frame. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization 44 (6): 847-861. Thota J, Trabia MB, O’Toole BJ (2011) Simulation of shock response in a lab-scale space frame structure using finite element analysis. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Denver, CO. Thota J, Clark K, Higgins T, Nelson SM, O’Toole BJ (2010) Fabrication and analysis of prototype composite ducts for an unmanned aerial vehicle. International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition, Seattle, WA. Nelson SM, Thota J, O’Toole BJ (2010) Optimization of carbon fiber/epoxy tubes loaded in bending and compression. International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition, Seattle, WA.