Ramesh to Chair Mechanical Engineering for Part-Time
Kaliat T. Ramesh, a professor of mechanical engineering
in the Whiting School of Engineering,
has been appointed program chair for Mechanical Engineering
in the university's part-time Engineering Programs for
Ramesh has been an instructor in EPP's Mechanical
Engineering program and taught the first
online course — Tribology — offered by EPP.
"Overall, mechanical engineering is the largest
engineering discipline, and it is the one leading
the rapid change in engineering, especially with respect to
nanotechnology and health care," Ramesh
said. "Most of our students in the program come from
industry, and some from government agencies. I
want to draw in those students who want professional
advancement, exposure to the cutting edge in
this field and a fresh way of thinking."
Ramesh completed undergraduate studies in his native
India before enrolling at Brown
University, where he earned master's degrees in solid
mechanics and applied mechanics and a
doctorate in solid mechanics. After a postdoctoral
fellowship at the University of California, San
Diego, he joined Johns Hopkins' Mechanical Engineering
Department in 1988, became a full professor
in 1997 and chaired the department from 1999 to 2002.
At the Homewood campus, Ramesh directs the Center for
Advanced Metallic and Ceramic
Systems, which investigates fundamental mechanics and
materials issues associated with impact
problems. His research focuses on nanomaterials; dynamic
failure processes; impact problems in
biology, such as traumatic brain injury; and planetary
impact, or the mechanics of an asteroid colliding
with another asteroid or a planet.
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