Applied and Theoretical Mechanics (ATOM) Lab
Deptartment of Mechanical Engineering 


Dr. Shailesh I. Kundalwal

Dr. Shailesh I. Kundalwal is an Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore. Prior to joining IIT Indore in 2017, he was the Banting Fellow at the University of Toronto. He earned his Master of Technology and PhD degrees from IIT Kharagpur, both in Applied Mechanics. He had proposed a novel multifunctional Fuzzy Fiber Reinforced Composite in his doctoral studies which created the crucial breakthrough in the field of hybrid nanocomposites. Immediately after his PhD, he did three postdoctoral fellowships: two at the University of Toronto and one at Masdar Institute in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has authored more than 30 research articles (excluding conference papers and chapters) in reputed international journals. He is also contributing as a reviewer on several international journals (> 20) and Elsevier books in the broad field of mechanics. 

Academic Degrees

Postdoctoral Fellowships, University of Toronto, 2013-16

Ph.D. (Applied Mechanics), IIT Kharagpur, 2013.

M.Tech. (Mechanical Systems Design), IIT Kharagpur, 2009.

B.E. (Mechanical Engineering), Institution of Engineers (I), 2006.

B.Sc. (Physics), Marathwada University, 2003.

Positions Held

Assistant Professor, IIT Indore, Feb 2017- present.

Visiting Assistant Professor, IIT Indore, Jan-Feb 2017.

Banting Fellow, University of Toronto, Oct 2015 – Dec 2016.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, Apr – Sept 2015.

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Dec 2013 – Feb 2015.

Scientist B, DIAT Pune, 2006-07. 

Society Memberships 

Life Member: Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Member: American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Member: Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering

Member: American Physical Society

Member:  Society of Automotive Engineers International

Associate Member: Institution of Engineers, India

Honours & Awards

  • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer Awards: Materials Science & Engineering B (Oct 16), Composite Part B (Jan 17), Int J of Mechanical Sciences (Mar 17), Mechanics Research Comm (Mar 17), Thin-Walled Structures (Aug 17), Composite Structures (Sept 17).

  • Editorial Board Member: J of Nano Science and Quantum Physics.
  • 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Outstanding Faculty Award in Engineering-2017 from Venus International Foundation.
  • Nomination for the prestigious John Charles Polanyi Prize 2016 by the University of Toronto.
  • Biography listed in Who’s Who in America – Nov 2016.
  • First holder of the prestigious Banting Fellowships Award in MIE Department, University of Toronto. 
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Award-2015 of Canada. 
  • Elected as the judge for the MIE Research/Graduate Symposium at the University of Toronto, Jun 2014-16.
  • Best PhD Thesis nomination for Innovative Projects Award of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Jun 2014.
  • CSIR SRA Fellowship (Scientist’s Pool Scheme), Sept 2013.
  • Extracted 13 papers from the PhD Thesis (submitted Thesis in 3 ½ years, faster than others enrolled in July 2009).
  • Best Teaching Assistant Recognition from the Mechanical Engineering Department, IIT Kharagpur, Mar 2013.
  • Special Doctoral Support Grant in recognition of PhD Thesis’s distinguished contribution, Jan 2013.
  • AICTE National Doctoral Fellowship, Jul 2009–Jul 2013.
  • Ranked first in the postgraduate specializations of Applied Mechanics, IIT Kharagpur, Jul 2009.
  • Honorary Prof. D. P. Ghosh Memorial Award, IIT Kharagpur, Jul 2009.
  • AICTE National Graduate Fellowship, Jul 2007–Jun 2009.
  • All India Rank 177 and 99.07 Percentile in GATE (ME) - 2007.


  • Papers in Refereed International Journals: 30
  • Papers in International Conferences: 5
  • International Book Chapter: 1
  • Google Scholar: Citations= 709, h-index=16, i10-index=23
  • Google Scholar Link
  • Research Gate