A Virtual Symposium on Experimental Solid Mechanics

In honor of Prof. K. R. Y. Simha

July 27-29, 2020 on Zoom platform

Established in 1945, the department of mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has a rich tradition in mechanics in general, and experimental mechanics of solids in particular. Prof. K. R. Y. Simha is one of the distinguished faculty members who have nurtured this area over a few decades. On the occasion of his retirement in 2020, the department is holding a symposium on this topic in his honor. Following the now-in-vogue “principle of virtual work”, this symposium is going to be held on an online meeting platform.  It is a three-day event starting with a Young Researchers Meet (YRM) on July 27th and followed by two days of talks by renowned senior researchers and rising young researchers from around the world. The symposium is open to all with no registration fee to attend online. The events of the three days will be held during 4 PM to 10 PM, Indian Standard Time (IST), (UTC + 5:30) in an effort to make it not unearthly hours for most people in the world.

Symposium highlights

Young Researchers Meet (YRM) on July 27th, 2020, includes a talk by Prof. K. R. Y. Simha to young researchers, a talk by Dr. Sundar of BISS on research and entrepreneurship, talks by young mechanics researchers from around the world, and a talk by Prof. Lisa Pruitt (Berkeley), and ending with a panel discussion on research and career opportunities in ME@IISc.

The symposium commences on 28th July with an inaugural session to honor Prof. Simha. On July 28th and 29th, 2020, there will be eight one-hour talks and eight half-hour talks by researchers from four different countries. The symposium also includes a talk by Prof. K. R. Y. Simha.


General Chair
Prof. Venkat R. Sonti

Technical Committee
Chair: Prof. C. S. Jog
Principal adviser: Prof. R. Narasimhan
Member: Prof. Namrata Gundiah

Young Researchers Meet
Chair: Prof. Ramsharan Rangarajan

Organizing Committee
Chair: Prof. Koushik Viswanathan
Adviser: Prof. G. R. Jayanth
Member: B. Chinnamma, Somavathi Devi, C. Srinivasa, K. G. Haridasan

Schedule: Day 0

July 27, 2020

Young Researchers Meet

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, invites you to join us on July 27, 2020, for a virtual Young Researchers Meet (YRM). The one-day meeting, featuring invited talks and a panel discussion, is focused on

    1. bringing together early career researchers working in the area of experimental solid mechanics.
    2. highlighting research and career opportunities in ME @ IISc.

YRM sets the stage for a two-day symposium on Experimental Solid Mechanics being organized in honor of Prof. K.R.Y. Simha.

YRM Schedule

Schedule: Day 1

July 28, 2020

Download full schedule [Here]. Please click on the Links below to view individual abstracts

Speaker Title Abstract
Dr. Tejas Gothkindi, IIT Dharwad Title TBA To be updated soon
Dr. Anshul Faye, IIT Bhilai Mechanics of fracture initiation in polycarbonate Link
Mr. Shyamal Kishore, University of Rhode Island Underwater implosion pressure pulse interactions with submerged plates Link
Dr. Debasish Das, University of Ilinois, UC Mechanics of nanoscale soft contacts Link
Prof. PV Venkitnarayanan, IIT Kanpur Controlling collapse of cylindrical tubes subjected to axial impact through perforations Link
Prof. Hareesh Tippur, Auburn University A photomechanics study of single and cascading crack branch formations in soda-lime glass Link
Prof. AT Zehnder, Cornell University Deformation and fracture of dual cross-link hydrogels Link
Prof. K Ravi-Chandar, University of Texas at Austin Experiments and numerical simulations of initiation and growth of cracks under mixed mode I+II loading Link
Schedule: Day 2

July 29, 2020

Download full schedule [Here]. Please click on the Links below to view individual abstracts

Speaker Title Abstract
Dr. KVNS Surendra, IIT Palakkad Multi-parametric patterns of photoelastic isotropic points in disk under 4-point loading Link
Dr. Zev Lovinger, Rafael Defense Labs, Israel Title TBD Link
Dr. Vignesh Kannan, ETH Zurich The kinetics of polarization and electromechanical coupling in bulk ferroelectric ceramics Link
Dr. Suraj Ravindran, Caltech Strength measurement of materials at extreme pressures and strain rates Link
Prof. Daniel Rittel, Israel Institute of Technology, Technion Impact response of materials: From metals to soft gels Link
Prof. Dirk Mohr, ETH Zurich Title TBA To be updated soon
Prof. Arun Shukla, University of Rhode Island Dynamic instability and fluid interaction in underwater structures under complex loading Link
Prof. KT Ramesh, John Hopkins University The dynamic granular flow of an advanced ceramic Link

To be updated

Meeting link

To be updated


Queries regarding the symposium may please be sent by email to vsesm2020@gmail.com.