Continuum Mechanics, Computational Mathematics, Computational Mechanics, Finite Element Methods and Software
Dr. Surana joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1984 as an Associate Professor. He had previously worked at Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (1970 – 1973) as a Special Consultant, Engineering Mechanics Research Corporation (1973 – 1978) as Director of Research and Development, and McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis as Principal Consultant. Over this period he was the principal architect, originator and developer of the commercial finite element software systems IDEAS, NISA and FINESSE.
Dr. Surana conducts research in computational mathematics, computational mechanics, and continuum mechanics including development of constitutive theories. His work on the k-version of the finite element method, operator classification, and variationally consistent integral forms are some of his most notable contributions. Dr. Surana’s current research foci include theoretical research in classical and non-classical continuum theories including ordered-rate constitutive theories in addition to fundamental and applied topics in computational mechanics and computational mathematics. He is the author or co-author of over 275 journal publications, research reports, and conference proceeding publications. He serves as an Associate Editor for The International Journal for Computational Methods in Engineering Science and Mechanics and The International Journal of Modeling and Simulation. Dr. Surana is a member of International Association for Computational Mechanics and a life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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