Aditi Chattopadhyay is an internationally renowned expert on composite materials, structural health monitoring, multidisciplinary design optimization and their application in a range of important problems central to the aerospace industry and a growing variety of applications in civil/structural industries. She has provided national and international research leadership in several areas of critical importance to national priorities in aerospace engineering. These include contributions in the areas of smart materials and structures, composite materials, structural health monitoring, multidisciplinary optimization and aeroelasticity.
Her research has been devoted to advancing basic understanding and translating that understanding to engineering practices of monitoring the long-term health of structures and materials. There are immense engineering and economic benefits to her research. Understanding and improving the health of structures and of extending the life of aging aircraft is perhaps the most significant challenge faced in the aerospace industry today.
Research by Chattopadhyay has resulted in 150 archival journal publications, 350 other publications (conference papers, book chapters and NASA Technical Memorandum) and numerous invited plenary and keynote lectures. Due to her achievements, she has been elected to the grade of Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Georgia Institute of Technology Hall of Fame. She has also received several NASA Tech Brief awards, which is among NASA’s most prestigious awards.
Chattopadhyay is a Ira A. Fulton Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and the director of the Adaptive, Intelligent Materials and Systems Center at ASU.