Short Bio

    I am currently working as Research Engineer - Mathematical Modeling with Novelis Inc., a world leader in aluminum rolled products and beverage can recycling. In this role, I am the main contact for Novelis Inc. in Asia for computer based mathematical modeling of deformation of rolled aluminum sheet products.

    Prior to joining Novelis I was employed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Engineering at Brown University. My research at Brown involved modeling equilibrium composition profiles / morphology evolution of strained alloy coherent and dislocated quantum dots. Before coming to the USA, I worked as an Associate Scientist at the Institute for Reliability of Components and Devices, University of Karlsruhe, Germany and I collaborated with GKSS Forschungszentrum GmbH, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH. Here my research involved modeling and simulation of wear in ceramic micro-machines using finite elements. This work was funded by the German Research Foundation within the framework of a collaborative research center named “ SFB 499 – Design, production and quality assurance of molded micro parts constructed from metals and ceramics”. The code that I developed for this purpose was named the "Wear-Processor" which is now used by Robert Bosch GmbH for developing advanced wear resistant coatings for engine applications. I received my doctorate in engineering sciences in mechanical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (an elite university in Germany) in March 2006 for the above work. Before coming to Karlsruhe, I studied at the Hamburg University of Technology for my master of science in mechatronics. While studying for my masters I worked on fluid-thermal coupled field finite element analysis of a micro machined thermal conductivity sensor used in a micro gas chromatograph for my thesis and also worked on thermo-mechanical finite element analysis of thin metal films used in automotive sensors at Robert Bosch GmbH. 

    I arrived in Germany from Dharwad, India where I studied for my bachelor's in mechanical engineering. Following my undergraduate studies, I worked as a purchase engineer for Mahindra 2 Wheelers Ltd. and later as a marine engineer for Mitsui OSK Lines.

Selected Publications


  • V. Hegadekatte, J. Hilgert, O. Kraft, N. Huber, Multi time scale simulations for wear prediction in micro-gears, Wear, 2010, 268, p. 316 – 324.
  • N. V. Medhekar, V. Hegadekatte, V. B. Shenoy, Composition maps in self-assembled alloy quantum dots, Physical Review Letters, 2008, 100, p. 106104(Selected for the March 24, 2008 issue (Volume 17, Issue 12) of the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology)
  • V. Hegadekatte, N. Huber, O. Kraft, Finite element based simulation of dry sliding wear, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 2005, 13, p. 57 – 75. (Featured on the cover)