Dr. JN Reddy

Distinguished Professor

Oscar S. Wyatt Endowed Chair at Texas A&M University
2022 IACM Congress (Gauss-Newton) Medal
2019 SP Timoshenko Medal ASME
ISI highly-cited researcher


Dr. Reddy is a Distinguished Professor, Regents’ Professor, and inaugural holder of the Oscar S. Wyatt Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Dr. Reddy, an ISI highly-cited researcher, is known for his significant contributions to the field of applied mechanics through the authorship of 24 textbooks and over 800 journal papers. His pioneering works on the development of shear deformation theories (that bear his name in the literature as the Reddy third-order plate theory and the Reddy layerwise theory) have had a major impact and have led to new research developments and applications. Some of the ideas on shear deformation theories and penalty finite element models of fluid flows have been implemented into commercial finite element computer programs like ABAQUS, NISA, and HyperXtrude. In recent years, Reddy’s research has focused on the development of locking-free shell finite elements and nonlocal and nonclassical continuum mechanics problems involving couple stresses and damage and fracture in solids. Dr. Reddy has received numerous honors and awards. Most recent ones include: 2022 IACM Congress (Gauss-Newton) Medal, 2019 SP Timoshenko Medal from American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2018 Theodore von Karman Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the 2017 John von Neumann Medal from the U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics, the 2016 Prager Medal from the Society of Engineering Science, and 2016 ASME Medal from American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a member US National Academy of Engineering and foreign fellow of the Brazilian National Academy of Engineering, Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Royal Engineering Academy of Spain, the European Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.



The lecture will present the speaker’s recent research in: (1) the development of higher-order, locking-free shell finite elements for large deformation of laminated and functionally graded plate and shell structures [1], (2) nonlocal approaches for modeling architected materials and structures [2] and a graph-based finite element analysis of fracture [3-5]. The seven-, eight-, and twelve-parameter shell elements developed are based on modified first-order and third-order thickness stretch kinematics, and they require the use of fully three-dimensional constitutive equations. Through the numerical simulation of carefully chosen benchmark problems, it is shown that the developed shell elements are insensitive to all forms of numerical locking and are the best alternative to 3-D finite elements in saving computational resources while predicting accurate stresses. The graph-based finite element approach with nonlocal criterion (called GraFEA) to study fracture in solids is found to be very robust and accurate in predicting fracture. The approach has the ability to model discrete microcracking with random crack orientations. The computational technique also incorporates a probabilistic approach to damage growth by using a measure of “microcrack survival probability” and its evolution. The approach will be demonstrated using several examples.