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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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.

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

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.

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.