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Faculty Profile

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Name: Ramesh B. Malla
Title: Associate Professor
Affiliation: Institute of Materials Science
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
E-Mail: MallaR@engr.uconn.edu
Personal/Lab Website: http://www.engr.uconn.edu/~mallar/
Program/Department Website: http://www.engr.uconn.edu/cee/undergrad/admission/15-research/59-malla.html
Office Telephone: (860) 486-3683



Keywords | Categories: Civil and Environmental Engineering, dynamics & vibrations of structures, energy harvesting systems, finite element modeling, granular materials, highway and railroad bridges, infrastructures, Institute of Materials Science, lunar habitats & structures, percussive drilling mechanisms, space structures, structural engineering and applied mechanics, structural failure, truss/frame structures

Professional Summary

Dr. Ramesh B. Malla’s research expertise is in the areas of structural engineering and applied mechanics, finite element analysis, and dynamics and vibration of structures. Some of his current and past research topics include: analytical and finite element modeling of percussive drilling devices for planetary exploration, innovative energy harvesting systems, dynamics response of railroad bridges under high speed trains, highway bridge expansion joint sealant and monitoring, subgrade soil resilient modulus, infrastructures monitoring and highway vehicle weigh-in-motion technology, studies of granular material beds for space life support systems, dynamic response of structures during progressive failure, and analysis of structures in orbit/space and on the Moon. His research work has been supported by several federal and state agencies and industry, including National Science Foundation (NSF); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); IDEA programs of the U.S. DOT FHWA & FRA/TRB NRC National Academy of Sciences; U.S. Army; New England Transportation Consortium; Connecticut Innovation Inc.; NASA/Connecticut Space Grant Consortium; Connecticut Cooperative Transportation Research Program; GM2 Associates, Inc.; eGen LLC; Bentley Systems, Inc.; Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International, Inc.; and Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanism Corporation.