Dr. Jitendra Prasad

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Jitendra Prasad


After graduating with a B.Tech.(Hons.) from IIT Kharagpur in 1997, Dr. Jitendra Prasad worked with an Indian multinational (viz. Indian Register of Shipping) at Mumbai for 4 years. He then did his M.Eng. at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. With a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University (MSU), he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine at the University of Washington at Seattle. In April 2011, Dr. Prasad joined IIT Ropar as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Prasad's research is focused on computational engineering applied to design, analysis, innovation and discovery. In particular, he is interested in areas spanning applied mechanics, engineering design, optimization, bone biology and biomechanics. His interest in computational engineering is motivated by the fact that computer simulations are integral to current scientific research and development; computer simulations can explore areas that are otherwise inaccessible to traditional approaches.

Areas of Research

Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Biomechanical Design Analysis, Bone Fracture Healing, Agent Based Modeling, Bone Adaptation to Mechanical Stimuli, Computer Aided Design Engineering (CAD/CAE), Structural Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Genetic Algorithms, Compliant Mechanisms, Bistable Structures, Negative-Stiffness Materials, Vibration Isolation Analysis, Numerical Methods, Computational Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Nonlinear FEA, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)


Ph.D., Michigan State University - Mechanical Engineering, 2007
M.Eng., Nanyang Technology University, Singapore - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2003
B.Tech (Hons.), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur - Ocean Engineering & Naval Architecture, 1997

Work Experience

Senior Fellow, Department of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 06/2007 - 04/2011
Assistant Ship Surveyor, Indian Register of Shipping, Head Office, Powai, Mumbai, 07/1997 - 06/2001

Selected Publications/Patents

1. Srinivasan, S., Ausk, B.J., Prasad, J., Threet, D., Bain, S.D., Richardson, T.S. and Gross, T.S., 2010, “Rescuing loading induced bone formation at senescence,” PLoS Computational Biology, Vol. 6 (9), e1000924. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000924.
2. Prasad, J., Wiater, B.P., Nork, S.E., Bain, S.D. and Gross, T.S., 2010, “Characterizing gait induced normal strains in a murine tibia cortical bone defect model,” Journal of Biomechanics, Vol. 43 (14), pp. 2765-2770. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2010.06.030.
3. Gross, T.S., Poliachik, S.L., Prasad, J., and Bain, S.D., 2010, “The effect of muscle dysfunction on bone mass and morphology,” Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 25-34. http://www.ismni.org/jmni/pdf/39/04GROSS.pdf.
4. Prasad, J. and Diaz, A.R., 2009, Viscoelastic material design with negative stiffness components using topology optimization, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 38(6), pp. 583-597. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00158-008-0308-6.
5. Prasad, J. and Diaz, A.R., 2008, A concept for a material that softens with frequency, Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 130, No. 9, pp. 1298-1306.http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.2965596.
6. Tai, K. and Prasad, J., 2007, Target-matching test problem for multiobjective topology optimization using genetic algorithms, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol.34, No.4, pp.333-345. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00158-006-0082-2.
7. Prasad, J. and Diaz, A.R., 2006, Synthesis of bistable periodic structures using topology optimization and a genetic algorithm, Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 128, pp. 1298-1306.http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.2338576.