Prof B. Dattaguru


Emeritus Professor

Dept. of Aerospace Engineering

Indian Institute of Science

Bangalore 560 012, India




Ph.D.(Engg), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

M.E(Aero), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

B.E. (Electrical), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India


Positions held:


       Chairman (1999-2003), Department of Aerospace Engineering, IISc

       Chairman (1996-2000), Council for Scientific & Industrial Consultancy, IISc

       Coordinator (1987-91), Joint Advanced Technology program, IISc

       Coordinator (1993-2000) and Member of ARDB Structures Panel

       President (2001-2003) Institute of Smart Materials, Structures and Systems

       President (2003-04), Advanced Computing and Communications Society

       Member of the Governing Board, RV-TIFAC Composite Design Center

       Vice President, Institute of Smart materials, Structures and Systems (ISSS).

       Member(1985-93), Co-ordinator (1993-2000) , Aeronautics R&D Board, Structures Panel.

       Indian Representative, Executive Council of International Congress of Fracture (ICF) (1984-89).

       Associate Editor, Journal of the Aeronautical Society of India, 1988

       Guest Editor for three Special Issues of the Journal on Fracture Mechanics, published in honour of Prof. G.R. Irwin. 

       Member, Working Group for Development of Fracture Control Plan on PSLV Programs, VSSC, Trivandrum.

       Member, Task team for Fracture Criterion in Design of Pressure Vessels/Rocket Motor Casings formed between VSSC, Trivandrum; NAL, Bangalore; and IISc, Bangalore.

        Member, Mission Advisory Committee, Advanced composites Mission, DST, New Delhi

       Senior Associate, National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

Fields of Interest:


Theory of Elasticity, Aircraft Structures, Aging structures, Life extension methods, Fracture Mechanics, Finite Element Methods (linear and non-linear), Composites, Smart structures, Aircraft and Missile Design, Experimental Stress Analysis and Non-destructive Testing.

Honours and Awards:

       Sri Tamma Sambayya medal - Andhra University, Waltair, 1959

       Senior Resident Research Associateship of National Research Council (USA)

       Aerospace Gold Medal for best paper - Institution of Engineers, 1988

       Biren Roy Trust Award of the Aeronautical Society of India, 1993

       ARDB Silver Jubilee award for best sponsored research project, 1996.

       IISc Alumni Award: Prof. Rustom Choksi award for Excellence in Engineering Research

       DRDO Academic Excellence Award 2002

       Padma Shri Award for Science & Engineering for the year, Government of India, 2005

       Aero Society Awards: Excellence in Aerospace Education Biren Roy Trust Award

       Institution of Engineers: Gold Medal for best paper

       Distinguished Engineer, Recognised on 37th Engineers Day by the Institution of Engineers, 2004




Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE)

Fellow, The Aeronautical Society of India (ASI)

Fellow, Institution of Engineers (India)


Thesis Supervision:


Supervised 23 Ph.D., 3 M.Sc. and 49 M.E. Thesis




Published over 162 papers in Journals and Conference Proceedings.

Assignments Abroad:


         Visiting Professor, Penn State University, PA, USA (May 2000 - July 2000)

         Visiting Professor, Penn State University, PA, USA (May 1996 -Nov 1996)

         Visiting Professor, Penn State University, PA, USA (1995)

         Visiting Professor, University of Hongkong (1995)

         Visiting Professor, Geelong, Australia (1993)

         Visiting Scientist, Analytical Services Materials Inc., Hampton, Virginia, USA (1987)

         Senior Resident Research Associate of National Research Council, (USA) at Fatigue and Fracture Branch of NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, USA (1980-1982)


Contact Details:


Address: #79, III Main Rd., Amarajyoti Layout, Chola Nagar, R.T. Nagar P.O., Bangalore 560032

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