Kaushik Dayal is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Dayal's research interests are in the area of theoretical and computational multiscale methods applied to problems in materials science, with particular focus on bridging from atomic to continuum scales in the context of functional behavior, non-equilibrium response, and electromagnetic effects.

Dayal received his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Chennai) in 2000. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in 2007.

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2007 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

2001 MS, Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology

2000 B.Tech., Naval Architecture, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

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CMU Engineering

Studying heterogeneous materials under extreme conditions

The Department of Defense awards a team of researchers funding to develop energy-absorbing, structure-preserving materials that are more resilient under extreme loads.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Studying heterogeneous materials under extreme conditions

Kaushik Dayal, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, will lead a team of researchers looking at the behavior of heterogeneous materials through the Department of Defense's Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. The project aims to improve the resilience of defense-related materials under extreme conditions of stress and uncertainty.

Three faculty to work on AFRL projects

The Data-driven Discovery of Optimized Multifunctional Material Systems has announced two new projects made possible with support from the Air Force Research Laboratory. Both will focus on how machine learning can contribute to the development of functional soft materials. CEE’s Kaushik Dayal and MechE’s Carmel Majidi will collaborate on one of the projects, while ChemE’s Gabe Gomes will work on the other.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Güner awarded 2023 CMLH Fellowship in Digital Health Innovation

PhD candidate Hatice Gökçen Güner was recently awarded the 2023 Fellowship in Digital Health Innovation from the Center for Machine Learning and Health (CMLH) at the School of Computer Science. Advised by Professors Kaushik Dayal (CEE) and Alexandra Ion (SCS/HCII), Güner’s research focuses on optimizing soft material designs to achieve desired mechanical behaviors for applications in soft robots and energy-absorbing prosthetics.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Naghibzadeh awarded Bushnell Fellowship

Naghibzadeh’s research focuses on multi-scale mathematical and computational modeling of the growth and evolution of materials. The phenomena of interest are electrode-electrolyte interface evolution in electrochemical devices, material accretion in additive manufacturing, microstructure evolution in polycrystalline materials, and solidification of water in glaciers.

CMU Engineering

Refuting a 70-year approach to predicting material microstructure

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new microscopy technique that maps material microstructure in three dimensions; results demonstrate that the conventional method for predicting materials’ properties under high temperature is ineffective.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hakimzadeh named Steinbrenner Institute Fellow

The Ph.D. student will work on interdisciplinary projects that relate back to environmental research.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE faculty researching coronavirus effects

CEE researchers, including Kelvin Gregory, Kaushik Dayal, Destenie Nock, post-doc Mahnoush Babaei, and Ph.D. student Esteban Londono, are looking into detection and treatment methods as well as socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Babaei identifies lipid rafts as way COVID-19 invades cells

The groups’ research could have long-term impacts in treating viruses including COVID-19. By understanding the ways that a virus can invade a cell, researchers can work to close that entry point and help individuals to avoid infection.

Pitt Engineering

Dayal, Babaei co-author paper on lipid receptor formation

CEE’s Kaushik Dayal and MechE’s Mahnoush Babaei co-authored a new study published in the Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids. The paper explores how pathogens use deceptive methods to invade cell membranes; understanding these processes could lead to new approaches to treat and prevent viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

CMU Engineering

Modern materials to advance aviation

The Department of Defense helps fund the science behind composites used in aviation.