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Dr. Pradeep  Sharma (Ph.D. ‘00), an alumnus of the University of Maryland’s doctoral program in Mechanical Engineering, has recently been named Bill D. Cook Chair of the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. The appointment also includes a promotion to full Professor.

Sharma focused on the micromechanics of materials during his doctoral studies at Maryland and was advised by Prof. Abhijit Dasgupta. Sharma has received a variety of accolades for his work, including the Young Investigators Award from the Office of Naval Research, the Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award from the ASME, and the Texas Space Grants Consortium New Investigators Program Award. Additionally, he has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Theoretical and Computational Nanoscience and as Guest Editor for Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids. In his seven years at Houston, he has supervised numerous PhD students and served on several university committees.  Prior to his hiring at Houston in 2004, he served as a Research Scientist for General Electric in Schenectady, NY.

For more information on Prof. Sharma’s work, visit his website.Those seeking to learn more about Clark School alumni can visit http://www.eng.umd.edu/alumni/



January 3, 2012


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