2019 winner Rakesh Kumar Behera is currently working as an industry assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering. Behera has received his M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida, M.S. in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University, and an undergraduate degree in metallurgical engineering from National Institute of Technology Durgapur in India. Prior to joining NYU, Behera has worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Nuclear Engineering Program and as a post-doctoral fellow and research scientist in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Behera’s research primarily focuses on functional materials, advanced materials for energy applications, composites, additive manufacturing, and archaeometallurgy. Using both computational and experimental approaches, Behera has performed multidisciplinary research and contributed to the fields of materials science, nuclear engineering, physics, and chemistry. Behera is an avid teacher who taught undergraduate and graduate level courses related to materials science, including the graduate level course Non-Destructive Evaluation and Additive Manufacturing of Metallic Materials. Behera uses various active-learning techniques to improve both undergraduate and graduate student learning in STEM education. Along with the experience of in-class teaching, Behera is now extremely excited to have the opportunity to develop online courses.
2019 winner Tsuchin Philip Chu is Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). He is also the director of the Engineering Science Ph.D. program in the College of Engineering at SIUC. He was a faculty member of Polytechnic University in New York (now NYU) before he joined SIUC in 1990. Chu has conducted research for over 30 years in areas such as nondestructive evaluation (NDE), biomedical engineering, experimental mechanics, computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), finite element analysis, and additive manufacturing, as well as sensors and instrumentation. He is a pioneer in the area of digital image correlation (DIC) and at the cutting edge of research in NDE and biomechanics. He has more than 140 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings and over $2M in grants from institutions such as NASA, Boeing, US Air Force, IBM, and Illinois Clean Coal Institute. Chu has advised more than 40 graduate students. He developed the Intelligent Measurement and Evaluation Lab, which houses state-of-the-art equipment including a DIC system and infrared thermography system, as well as immersion, contact, and air-coupled ultrasonic C-scan systems. He is currently a subject matter expert for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center NDE Technical Disciplinary Team. He is co-founder and director of Clipius Technologies, a think-tank company that produces intellectual property in the areas of defense, aerospace, and biomedical devices.
Chu is an ASNT Fellow (class of 2019). He received the ASNT Mentoring Award in 2014, an ASNT Faculty Grant Award in 2012 and 2017, and an ASNT Fellowship Grant in 2010 and 2019. He is also the recipient of the Lester/Mehl Honor Lecture in 2019.