Radhakrishna G Pillai Main

Dr. Chandrasekhar Annavarapu

BSB 115, Building Sciences Block
Department of Civil Engineering
IIT Madras, Chennai, TN, 600036, India
annavarapuc@iitm.ac.in  +91 44 2257 4325
Dr. Chandrasekhar Annavarapu  is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras. Dr. Annavarapu earned his B.Tech. In Civil Engineering from IIT Madras in 2007. Subsequently, he pursued his graduate education at Duke University in Durham, NC, USA, and earned a doctoral degree in 2013. On graduation, he worked as a scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) – a Department of Energy research facility in Livermore, CA, USA, until May 2018. Later, he worked at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Houston, TX, USA as a computational scientist until October 2019, before joining IIT Madras as a faculty member. Dr. Annavarapu’s research expertise is in computational mechanics – a subfield of engineering mechanics focused on developing computational methodologies and tools used by practicing engineers to analyze complex physical systems. His research focuses on addressing the limitations of finite element methods for complex and evolving interface problems in mechanics. For his doctoral research, he worked on advancing a special class of finite element methods known as the extended finite element methods -- these methods alleviate meshing constraints by allowing interfaces such as crack surfaces and material boundaries to be embedded in a background finite element mesh. His dissertation focused on developing stable techniques to enforce kinematic constraints on embedded interfaces and adaptation of these methods to explicit dynamics. At LLNL, and ExxonMobil his research focused on advancing numerical algorithms to model the process of hydraulic fracturing as a multi-physics process. Dr. Annavarapu’s research is published in highly reputed archival computational journals such as the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering and Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. His research is also patented by the United States patent office. For his research, Dr. Annavarapu was awarded the prestigious Senol Utku award and the Mahato fellowship from the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.  

Earned Degrees

Ph. D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States

B. Tech. in Civil Engineering, 2007
IIT Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600036, India

Awards and Honours

Senol Utku Award, (highest distinction),Duke University, 2013

Mahato Fellowship, Duke University, 2012

CIMNE Travel Award, International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, 2012

Research Areas

 Computational Mechanics
 Scientific Computing
 Fracture Mechanics
 Finite Element Method

Professional Experiences

 2019 – Present : Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600036, India
 2018 – 2019 : Computational Scientist, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Houston, TX, USA
 2013 – 2018 : Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California, USA

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