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Biomedical engineer to visit NDSU for Distinguished Lecture Series

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Namas Chandra

The NDSU College of Engineering is set to host Namas Chandra, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Center for Injury Bio-mechanics, Materials and Medicine at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, for its Distinguished Lecture Series.

Chandra is scheduled to present “Pathophysiology of Experimental Primary Blast TBI: The identification of mild, moderate and severe overpressure ranges using shock tubes” Thursday, April 11, at 3:30 p.m. in Sudro Hall Room 21. All are welcome to attend.

The talk will focus on his work studying the biological effect of exposure to blasts, the leading cause of trauma experienced by soldiers in recent conflicts.

Chandra completed his doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1986 at Texas A&M University. In 2006, after about 20 years as a research professor, Chandra became the associate dean for research and graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In that role, he oversaw research funding of $30 million per year for 175 faculty members in the college’s 11 departments. 

He is the associate editor of the ASME journal Materials and associate editor of the International Journal of Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structure. He is a member of the editorial board of CMES: Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences, an International Journal.

Chandra’s research interests include computational mechanics of materials at various scales, superplasticity, interfaces, nano-bio materials, experimental mechanics and blast and blunt-induced traumatic brain injury. His Trauma Mechanics Research Laboratory recently was recognized in the top 10 shock labs in the country by Popular Science.

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