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MAULIK KOTECHA

509 Nagle St., College Station, TX (979)422-6265  mkotecha 1992@tamu.edu


https://www.linkedin.com/in/maulik-kotecha-b1884716

RESEARCH STATEMENT
Presently, I am working on a mechanics based inverse algorithms where I am trying to identify heterogeneous
anisotropic material parameters of metals and alloys. My past research experience were in the broad areas of
nonlinear dynamics and computational solid mechanics. Being a passionate for computational and experimental
solid mechanics, I am eager to work in an interdisciplinary professional environment where I can apply the
classical knowledge gained at the academic level to some of the relatively newer and emerging technological areas
like Additive Manufacturing and Multi-Scale Modeling.

EDUCATION
Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering Fall 2017 - Present
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. GPA: 3.7/4
Courses: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis, Energy Principles and Variational Mechanics, Applied Partial
Differential Equations, Mechanics of Compliant Materials, Theory of Elasticity

Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Aug 2013 - May 2015


Birla Institute of Technology & Science-Pilani, India. GPA: 9.21/10
Courses: Finite Element Methods, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mechanical Vibrations, Nonlinear Vibrations

Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Aug 2009 - Jun 2013


L D College of Engineering, India. GPA: 8.71/10
Courses: Computer Aided Designing and Drafting, Dynamics of Machines, Manufacturing Processes, Machine
Design, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Senior Engineer(Mechanical Design) Aug 2015 - July 2017
TATA Consulting Engineers Limited, Mumbai, India
– Identifying stress critical lines and performing piping stress analysis using CAESAR II, Structural support
specifications for critical and non-critical lines, interdisciplinary coordination for pipe routing modifications,
reviewing vendor drawings, making stress analysis reports, technical interaction with clients
– Heating and Cooling load calculations for industrial buildings, Preparing bid purpose drawings and documents
for HVAC design like General Arrangement Drawings, Duct Layout, Preparing design basis report, Preparing
enquiry specifications and Bill of Quantities, Reviewing detailed drawings and documents, Performing Technical
Bid Analysis, Confirming to standards such as ASHRAE, SMACNA, AMCA, NFPA, NBC, AHRI etc.
Student Intern Jun 2012 - July 2012
Windsor Machines Limited, Chhatral, India
– Analyzed the designs of the injection moulding machine components and suggested modifications in the design
in order to save the material considering structural stiffness and weights.
– Collected data for preparing time study and motion study analysis for production and assembly department.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Graduate Research Assistant Jun 2019 - Present
Advisor: Dr.Sevan Goenezen (Computational Solid Mechanics Lab)
– Devising strategies for reconstruction of heterogeneous anisotropic material parameters using 2D simulated
boundary value problems and inverse algorithms.
– Implementing finite element models and adjoint based inverse formulations to in-house code using FORTRAN,
solving nonlinear equations and optimization problems in MATLAB and Maple.
Graduate Research Assistant Jun 2018 - Dec 2018
Advisor: Dr.Sevan Goenezen (Computational Solid Mechanics Lab)
– Developed an experimental procedure for collection of full field displacement measurement of a heterogeneous
3 dimensional cube shaped sample using Digital Image Correlation (DIC) technique which involved deciding
experiment protocols, modifying experimental set-up, performing experiments to collect displacement data using
DIC, analysing and processing the experimental data to be used further for solving inverse problem.
Master of Engineering (Thesis) Dec 2014 - May 2015
Advisor: Dr.Amol Marathe (Nonlinear Vibrations Lab)
– Studied and analysed a novel method for tracking a slowly evolving hidden damage process responsible for
non-stationarity in a fast-dynamical system. This method can be applied to any dynamical system with time
scale separation for which we are able to obtain values for fast variables.
– Phase portraits, bifurcation diagrams, Poincaré plots for a nonlinear dynamic single degree of freedom model of
a constrained beam with magnetic restoring force at the beam tip were obtained using MATLAB and MAPLE
for computations.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University Spring 2018
Course: MEEN 221 - Statics and Particle Dynamics , Instructor: Dr.Ali Nikparto, Dr.Shadi Balawi
– Assisted in course material preparation, evaluation of student performance and homework assignments
– Helped students in improving the understanding of the course through recitation sessions and office hours
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University Spring 2019
Course: MEEN 625/467 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials Instructor: Dr.Shadi Balawi
– Assisted in course material preparation, evaluation of student performance in exams and homework assignments
– Helped students in improving the understanding of the course through recitation sessions and office hours
Course: MEEN 260 - Mechanical Measurements Instructor: Dr.John Haglund
– Conducted lab sessions, helped in designing the experiments, updated lab manuals, evaluated students’ lab
activities
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani Aug 2013 - May 2015
Courses: Heat Transfer , Dynamics of Machines, Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Workshop
– Conducting lab teaching sessions, Designing and improving lab experiment setup and updating lab manuals,
grading tests and quizzes, conducting tutorial sessions

PUBLICATIONS
[J1] Luo P., Mei Y., Kotecha M., Abbasszadehrad A., Rabke S., Garner G., Goenezen S. (2018). Characteri-
zation of the stiffness distribution in two and three dimensions using boundary deformations:
A preliminary study. MRS Communications, 1-10

RESEARCH TALKS
[T3] Kotecha M., Goenezen S. Mapping the Stiffness Distribution of Solids Using Digital Cameras,
Mechanics Based Inverse Algorithms, And High-Performance Computing. Third Annual Texas
A&M Research Computing Symposium May 2019
[T2] Kotecha M., Goenezen S. On the feasibility of estimating heterogeneous anisotropic material
parameters using 2-dimensional tests. Student Research Week, Texas A&M University Mar 2019
[T1] Kotecha M., Goenezen S. Mapping the Stiffness Distribution of Solids Using Digital Cameras,
Mechanics Based Inverse Algorithms, And High-Performance Computing. Second Annual Texas
A&M Research Computing Symposium Jun 2018

POSTER PRESENTATIONS
[P2] Kotecha M., Goenezen S. Characterizing anisotropic Functionally Graded Materials(FGM) using
simulated 2D boundary value problems and Inverse Algorithms Second Annual Texas A&M Re-
search Computing Symposium May
2019
[P1] Kotecha M., Kim B.K., Goenezen S. Material characterization using mechanics based inverse
algorithms Second Annual Texas A&M Research Computing Symposium Jun 2018

SKILLS
• MATLAB, FORTRAN, C
• SolidWorks, Abaqus, Paraview
• MS Office, Revit (MEP), C-HVAC (Elite), CAESAR -II

ACADEMIC PROJECTS
Heat transfer analysis of a thermal heat sink used in computer CPUs. Fall 2013
Course: Computatonal Fluid Dynamics, Instructor: Dr.Maheshwar Dwivedi (BITS-Pilani)
– Designed a themal heat sink in SolidWorks, analysed the heat dissipation for various dimensions of the fins and
fin spacing, proposed an alternative design of fins as an optimized solution. ANSYS Icepak to perform thermal
analysis and simulations.
Structural Analysis and optimization of a CNC Vertical Milling Machine bed. Fall 2014
Course: Machine Tool Engineering, Instructor: Dr.Abhijit Digalwar (BITS-Pilani, India)
– Designed a CNC Vertical Milling Machine bed in SolidWorks, optimized the topology of the bed using OptiStruct
in order to minimize the weight while maintaining static stability of the machine. Analyzed the static stability
of the design in ANSYS. Performed a cost minimization considering different materials and designs.
Emerson Cup: A report on ’Designing an Energy Efficient House’ Fall 2011
Instructor: Dr. Anjana Prajapati (L D College of Engineering, India)
– Calculated the heating and cooling load and carbon foot print of a house located at Ahmedabad City in India,
recommended the use of a non-conventional energy resources and novel methods for reducing carbon foot prints
such as earth air cooling. Submitted a report for a nationwide competition known as Emerson Cup.

HONORS & AWARDS


• International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS) from International Student Services(ISS) for outstanding
academic records Summer 2019
• NSF i-Corps Site Program fellowship (Faculty Nominated) Summer 2018
• A fellowship under Emil Buehler Aerodynamic Analog by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas
A&M University Fall 2017
• Awarded with a Gold Medal for achieving the First Rank in Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering at
L. D. College of Engineering (India) Aug 2013
• A merit based scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD),
Government of India. 2009-2013
MEMBERSHIP & ACTIVITIES
• Vice President, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (MEGSO) 2019
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
• Research Coordinator, MEGSO 2018
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
• NSF i-Corps Site Fellow Summer 2018
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
- Received training from successful entrepreneurs to identify and evaluate market need of our current research
when commercialized. Conducted over 30 interviews of potential customer over a period of 2 months and
identified essential pivot points to make the commercialization of our research viable.
• Member, ASHRAE - Student Chapter Fall 2017- Spring 2018
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
• Member, ISHRAE - Student Chapter July 2011- Jun 2013
L D College of Engineering, India
• Member, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE-India) July 2009- Jun 2011
L D College of Engineering, India