Dr. Saxena received a B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering (1970) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (1972 and 1974, respectively) in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering from University of Cincinnati. In 2003, He became the Dean of the College of Engineering and the Irma F. and Raymond C. Giffels’ Endowed Chair in Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Prior to that Dr. Saxena spent 18 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology as Professor (1985-2002), Regents Professor (2002-2003) and Chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering (1993-2002)
Dr. Saxena’s major industrial experience was at the Research and Development Center of Westinghouse Electric Co. in Pittsburgh, where he spent 8 years (1976-80 and 1981-1985) and rose to the position of Fellow Scientist in 1984. His other appointments include eighteen months at National Steel Co. R&D Center in Weirton, W. Virginia (1974-76).
As the Dean of Engineering, Dr. Saxena is responsible for a College that has seven departments offering 10 ABET accredited degree programs. A new Strategic Plan (http://www.engr.uark.edu/58.htm) was developed by the college faculty with a vision that calls for “becoming and being perceived as a top-tier engineering program in the country”.
During Dr. Saxena’s tenure as the Chair of School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Tech., the US News and World Report rankings of the materials program at Georgia Tech went from number 20 to 11 for the graduate program and 10 for the undergraduate program.
Dr. Saxena’s scholarly activities over the past 30+ years have been in a highly interdisciplinary field of mechanical behavior of materials with primary emphasis on fracture mechanics. He has worked extensively with graduate students, developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the field, written textbooks, and has engaged in very significant editorial work for journals and in support of international symposia and conferences. Dr. Saxena is internationally renowned for his contributions to the area Time-dependent Fracture Mechanics.
Dr. Saxena’s awards and recognitions include the Wohler Fatigue Medal (2010) from the European Structural Integrity Society, Fracture Mechanics Medal (2009) from ASTM International the George Irwin Medal (1992) from ASTM for his pioneering contributions to creep fracture mechanics, ASTM Award of Merit and Fellow (1994), Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture (2009), Fellow of ASM International (1996), Georgia Tech Outstanding Research Author Award (1993), SAIC awards for contributions as advisor to the best papers from M.S. theses research (1989, 1991, 1997), Sigma Xi Award for contributions as advisor to the best M.S. thesis (1995, 1997), best paper award at the Sixth International Conference on Fracture (1984, 2009) and others. Twenty students have received their Ph.D degrees and 19 others have received their M.S. degrees under Dr. Saxena’s guidance and 10 post-doctoral fellows have worked under his supervision.
Dr. Saxena has also provided engineering consulting services to several small and large corporations.
Prof. Sham Tickoo
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Prof. Sham Tickoo is currently a Professor at Purdue University Calumet, USA. He received the M.S. in Industrial Technology (1989) from Northern Illinois University, Illinois, USA, M.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering (1980) from University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1974) from REC, Srinagar, India. Before joining Purdue University in 1987, Professor Tickoo has worked as a Design Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, and Software Developer.
Prof. Tickoo has authored/coauthored textbooks on several major CAD/CAE/Animation software packages like ANYSYS, SolidWorks, CATIA, Pro/Engineer, NX, AutoCAD, Customizing AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Solid Edge, 3ds Max, 3ds Max Design, Autodesk Inventor, Mechanical Desktop, and VIZ. In addition to North America, his textbooks have been translated and published in Russia, Japan, India, South Korea, and Serbia.
Engineering Technology department and Purdue University in general. Prof. Tickoo has obtained over $24 Million software grant from ANSYS, IBM, and Siemens. He has also developed a web site that provides free teaching and learning resources to faculty and students. Since 1992, over half a million users have visited his web site and are using the resources on a regular basis.
Prof. Tickoo is also the founder and president of CADCIM Technologies, USA. The company was established in 1992 and is involved with publishing, engineering consulting, software development, and training.
In 2003, Prof. Tickoo was awarded a US patent for one of his inventions “Self Adjusting Cargo Organizer for Vehicles”. He is currently working on the design and fabrication of two new wind turbines that will significantly increase their power output and can be used to charge the batteries of an automobile. Purdue University has filed a provisional patent application for one of them “Wind Turbine for Automobiles”.
Prof Tickoo is actively involved in consulting and has served as a consultant to several companies in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Canada. In 1988-90, Prof Tickoo developed a software package "SMLayout" that has been registered by Autodesk Inc. as a Third Party Software Product. This software package is currently being used by various companies in Canada and United States. SMLayout is written in the AutoLISP programming language. This software package addresses the needs of steel fabricators and manufacturers of sheet metal products.
In 1988-90, Prof. Tickoo developed a software package "TANKHEAD" that generates the strip layout of different shapes of tank heads. The drawings and engineering data generated by these programs contain intelligent vector information, and therefore these drawings can be downloaded to a CNC machine through a CAD/CAM interface.
He also developed a computer program "TSHELL" for Brunner Engineering and Manufacturing Inc., Bedford, Indiana, USA. The TSHELL program generates 2-dimensional contour of a pressure vessel shell and the holes for intersecting pipes. This program interfaces with AutoCODE CNC software to generate the shape on a LASER or a CNC machine. The program automatically writes the variable values to a user defined file that can be used as input data for TSHELL program. The program also provides the dimensioning option that automatically dimensions the pressure vessel shell drawing.
Regarding the educational philosophy, Prof. Tickoo believes that the educational institutions are the most important entities in any civilized society and the teachers play the most important role in this venture. If we flip through the pages of our history, there is not a single philosopher, artist, engineer, doctor, scientist, or politician who has not been through a school system and sought the blessing of their teachers. To enable the teachers to perform their job, we have to make sure that the faculty members are provided the latest tools and facilities that they need in teaching, research, and other related activities. He also believes that we should have a national incubator program that will nurture and train the aspiring university faculty to meet the challenges of teaching, research, and service. Also, the universities should be the major learning and research centers where value education is an important part of the curriculum. Each student is unique and the teacher’s role is to guide the students to achieve their educational and career goals. Besides academics, it is very important that the faculty members involve their students in research, product design and development, service, extracurricular and team building activities.
Prof. Tickoo enjoys the nature and farming related activities. His hobbies include yoga, walking, running, camping, and hiking.