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I am an assistant professor in the department of Civil Engineering, IIT Hyderabad. My research interests include behavior and design of structures subjected to fire/elevated temperature conditions, other extreme loading conditions, and progressive collapse analysis and prevention. Before, joining IIT Hyderabad, I worked as a research & development engineer at Bentley Systems, Inc., where I developed the Pile-Soil-Interaction (PSI) and nonlinear static analysis (COLLAPSE) modules of a widely used offshore structural analysis and design software SACS. I have a PhD in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, USA. For my PhD research, I investigated the fire induced collapse behavior of steel buildings. For my Masters' thesis I investigated the dynamic behavior of bridges on well foundations under seismic conditions. As a graduate student and a consultant, I have more than nine years of experience in the behavior of structural systems under extreme loading conditions (e.g., earthquake, fire, wind, and impact loading). I specialize in failure investigation, dynamic analysis and FEM modeling of various types of structural systems. My current job description and contact information can also be found at this IIT Hyderabad webpage and my LinkedIn page.
 
Research Interests:


  • Fire and its Effect on Structural Systems
  • Stability of Steel Structures
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Collapse Analysis
  • Finite Element Method of Analysis
  • Earthquakes and Structural Dynamics
  • Soil Structure Interaction
  • Behavior of Concrete Members

    
           Failure of a shear-tab                    Progressive collapse of a 
          connection at extreme                         steel building in a 
                temperatures                           hypothetical fire accident 

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