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Dr. Ravinder Chona:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Dr. Ravinder Chona, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Senior Scientist for Structural Integrity, Air Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Dr. Chona leads, performs and participates in research and development activities conducted within the Center of Excellence in Structural Sciences. His primary responsibilities are: to ensure the Air Force has the capabilities in place to provide the war-fighter with structurally-sound and affordable vehicles and platforms appropriate to the long-term needs and demands of future mission requirements and challenges; and to transition basic research results and state-of-the-art developments in structural integrity and reliability to the aerospace industry.
Dr. Chona holds a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland. His personal areas of expertise are engineering design methods, experimental solid mechanics, fracture and failure mechanics, and optical mechanics. Dr. Chona joined the AFRL in 2003, following 16 years on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. In this position, Dr. Chona was involved in graduate and undergraduate educational programs in engineering science, engineering mechanics and engineering design. He has conducted research and has provided educational guidance to graduate students; developed and delivered continuing education programs in fracture mechanics and design; and established a record of professional service and technical leadership at the national and international level. Among his more notable, recent technical contributions are the development of crack-tip stress field representations and experimental tools for improved understanding of the interactions between the fields surrounding multiple cracks in finite geometries; the experimental characterization of the interface crack-tip fields associated with thermal barrier coatings on metallic substrates subjected to transient thermal loads and extreme environments; and the development of non-contact, real-time, laser-fiber-optic sensors that exploit laser-induced guided waves and simultaneous time-frequency analyses to provide new tools for non-destructively interrogating materials and structures.
Dr. Chona has written or co-written numerous technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, peer-reviewed archival monographs, and conference proceedings. He is the presenter of both invited and contributed papers at national and international meetings; has edited three archival monographs; serves on the editorial boards of two major international journals; and has organized and served as chair on national and international technical programs and symposia. Dr. Chona supervised seven doctoral dissertations, 16 masters degree theses, and more than 25 industrially-sponsored senior and graduate design projects.
1984 Bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
1985 Master of science degree in mechanical engineering, University of Maryland
1987 Doctor of philosophy in mechanical engineering, niversity of Maryland
1. 1987 1993, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station
2. 1993 2003, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station
3. 2001 2003, Director, Institute for Innovation and Design in Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station
4. 2003 present, Senior Scientist for Structural Integrity, Air Vehicles Directorate, AFRL, AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1988 Best Young Investigator Paper Award, American Society for Testing and Materials Committee E-24 on Fracture Testing
1991 Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation
1992 Select Young Faculty Award, Texas Engineering Experiment Station
1997 President, Society for Experimental Mechanics
1997 Peggy and Charles Brittan Teaching Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching in mechanical engineering, Texas A&M University
1998 Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award, Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A&M University
2000 ASTM Fellow
2001 Plenary lecturer for annual conference, Japan Society for Experimental Mechanics
2001 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2002 Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics
2003 George R. Irwin Medal, ASTM International
American Academy of Mechanics
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
American Society for Engineering Education
Society for Experimental Mechanics
Pi Tau Sigma
Phi Kappa Phi
Sigma Xi
Past-president, Society for Experimental Mechanics
Vice-chair, Committee E-08 on Fatigue and Fracture, ASTM International
U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Editor, ASTM Special Technical Publications 1130, 1189 and 1406
Editorial board, Experimental Mechanics
Editorial board, Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures


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