Applied and Theoretical Mechanics Lab
Department of Mechanical Engineering 


Dr. Shailesh I. Kundalwal

Dr. Shailesh I. Kundalwal is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering who specializes in Design Engineering stream. Before joining IIT Indore in 2017, he was Banting Fellow at the University of Toronto (UofT). In fact, he was the first holder of Banting Fellowships Award in the MIE Department, UofT. He obtained his M.Tech and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mechanics from IIT Kharagpur. By the end of MTech (Mechanical Systems Design) program, he was awarded with an honorary Prof. D. P. Ghosh Memorial Award for securing the first rank and being best outgoing PG students enrolled in Applied Mechanics specializations. He proposed a novel multifunctional Fuzzy Fiber Reinforced Composite in his doctoral studies which led to a critical breakthrough in the field of hybrid nanocomposites. During three-separate international postdoctoral stints, he worked in the field of multiscale modeling of composites and mechanics of nanostructures. He founded the Applied and Theoretical Mechanics (ATOM) Laboratory at IIT Indore in 2017 which undertakes research mainly in computational and experimental investigations of nanostructures. He received the SERB Early Career Research Award in 2018 in the field of flexoelectricity. He guided 16 BTech, 10 MTech/MS (coguided: 4) and 5 PhD (coguided: 1) students as well as completed five projects successfully funded by national/international funding agencies till date. He is currently guiding 7 PhD students and handling four projects awarded by national funding agencies: CSIR, DST, ISRO, and MHRD. He has authored 65 research articles (excluding conference papers and chapters) in reputed international journals. His name featured in the list of top 2% global scientists published in PLOS Biology by Stanford University in 2021. According to this ranking system, his worldwide rank in Mechanical Engineering is 600, Institute rank is 4, and department rank is 1. He regularly contributes as a reviewer on several international journals, national/international research funding agencies, and Elsevier/CRC/Springer books in the broad field of solid mechanics. He is a member of professional bodies such as ISTAM, ASME, CSME, APS, and IEI (I), and also takes active part in the advisory/core committees of national/international conferences. Prior to his higher education at IIT Kharagpur, he served in the Defence Research and Development Organisation at the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Pune in different capacities, where he was engaged in Experimental Stress Analysis and Photoelastic research works in the Department of Mechanical Engineering     

Academic Degrees:

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

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

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

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

Positions Held:

Adjunct Faculty, Center for EVs & Intelligent Transport Systems, IIT Indore, 2020 present.

Associate Professor, ME Department, IIT Indore, Aug 2019 present.

Assistant Professor,  ME Department, IIT Indore, Feb 2017  Aug 2019.

Visiting Assistant Professor,  ME Department, IIT Indore, Jan Feb 2017.

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

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, Apr – Sept 2015.

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

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


2021: RECOGNITION: Inclusion in the Stanford University’s Top 2% Most Influential Scientists List for the Year 2020.

2021: AWARD: Outstanding Reviewer Award, Institute Of Physics Publishing  

2020: RECOGNITION: IOP Trusted Reviewer Status, Institute Of Physics Publishing 

2020: RECOGNITION: Member, Spark Evaluation Committee,  Swiss National Science Foundation  

2020: RECOGNITION: Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Ventures LLC

2019: RECOGNITION: Runner-up in the highly competitive “Dare to Dream” DRDO Innovation Contest 2019

2018: AWARD: SERB: Early Career Research Award, SERB-DST, Govt. of India

2018-20: RECOGNITION: Regular Invited Expert Reviewer, Swiss National Science Foundation; Pazy Res. Foundation, Israel; DST, SERB, Govt. of India

2018: AWARD: SERB International Travel Grant Award, SERB, Govt. of India

2017-2019: 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), Applied Mathematical Modeling (Mar 18), Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids (Nov 18).

2019-20: RECOGNIZED REVIEWER: Mechanics of Materials (Nov 14), Materials and Design (Mar 16), Int J of Thermal Sciences (Aug 16), Materials Science & Engineering B (Sept 16), Composite Part B (Jan 17), Int J of Mechanical Sciences (Jan 17), Mechanics Research Communications (Mar 17), Composite Structures (Jul 17), Thin-Walled Structures (Aug 17), Applied Mathematical Modelling (Sept 17), Aerospace Sc & Technol (Jan 18), Applied Mathematical Modeling (Mar 18), Composite Communications (Jul 18), Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids (Sept 18), Engineering Structures (Mar 19), Physica E (Aug 2019), European J of Mech – A/Solids (Aug 2019), Mechanics of Materials (Sept 2019), Composite Part A (Oct 2019), Int J of Solid & Structures (Dec 2019), Materials Today (Jan 2020), Carbon (Mar 2020), Composite Part B (Sept 2020), Int J of Solids and Structures (Dec 2020). 

2016: NOMINATION: John Charles Polanyi Prize, University of Toronto

2016: RECOGNITION: Who’s Who in America, Marquis Ventures LLC

2016: AWARD & FELLOWSHIP: Banting Fellowships Award, NSERC Canada

2016: RECOGNITION: First Banting Fellow in MIE Department, University of Toronto

2014-16: HONOR: Judge for the MIE Research/Graduate Symposium, University of Toronto

2014: NOMINATION: INAE Innovative PhD Projects Award, IIT Kharagpur

2013: AWARD & FELLOWSHIP: CSIR Senior Research Associate Fellowship (Scientists’ Pool Scheme), CSIR, Govt. of India

2013: AWARD: Special Doctoral Support Grant, IIT Kharagpur

2010-12: RECOGNITION: Best Teaching Assistant, IIT Kharagpur

2009: RECOGNITION: First Rank, Applied Mechanics Specializations,    IIT Kharagpur

2009: AWARD & PRIZE: Professor D. P. Ghosh Memorial Award, IIT Kharagpur

2006: NOMINATION: Best Technical Staff Award, DIAT, DRDO, Pune

Teaching at IIT Indore:

  • PhD Seminar Course (ME 797)-2017, 2018 (twice), 2019
  • Machine Design II (ME401)-2017, 2018, 2019, 2019 (summer), 2020
  • Composite Materials (ME738)-2017, 2018 (jointly), 2019
  • Machine Drawing (ME257)-2017, 2018
  • Kinematic and Dynamics of Machines (ME 303)-2019, 2020, 2021
  • Kinematic and Dynamics of Machines Lab (ME 353)-2019, 2020, 2021
  • Micromechanics and Nanomechanics (ME643), 2020
  • Machine Design I (ME306)-2017
  • Vehicle Dynamics (EV601/401)-2021 (with others)

Other Academic/Administrative Activities:

Academic and Administrative Activities at IIT Indore

(Institute Level)

2021–: Program Coordinator, MTech in Electric Vehicle Technology

2019–: In-Charge, Central Nanoindentation Facility

2019: Member, Swayam/NPTL Committee

2019: Member, Scholarship-Cum Eligibility Committee

2020–21: Member/Convener, Institute Residential Allocation Committee

2020: Convener, Learning Resources Center

2019: Member, Organizing Committee of “International Conference on Precision, Meso, Micro & Nano Engineering” held at IIT Indore from Dec 12-14, 2020. More than 300 national and international participants attended this conference

2019: Member, Seventh Convocation of IIT Indore Committee

2018–20: Member, Institute Crèche Facility

2018–19: Member, Best BTech and MTech Projects Award Committee

2018–19: Institute Representative, JEE Duty

2017–18: Marshal, Fifth and Sixth Convocations of IIT Indore

(Discipline Level)

2017–: Member, Doctoral Committee (PSPC) member of several PhD candidates

2017–: Member, JRF and PhD Student Admissions

2017–: Lab In-charge, Applied & Theoretical Mechanics (ATOM) Research Lab

2019–20: Convener, Discipline Safety and Security Committee

2017–19: Convener, Discipline Post-Graduate Committee

2017–18: Program Coordinator, MTech in Mechanical System Design

2017–18: Faculty Advisor, SAE India Team of ME Students

External Professional Service:

2018–: Regular Invited Expert Reviewer: Swiss National Science Foundation; Israel Pazy Research Foundation Grant Applications; Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute; SERB-DST, Govt. of India

2015–: Ad hoc books refereeing: Elsevier, CRC, McGraw Hill and Wiley

2013–: Ad hoc journal refereeing, numerous journals: Elsevier, ACS, Springer, RSC etc.

2014–16: Invited Judge, MIE Research/Graduate Symposium, University of Toronto

2019: Session Chair, International Conference on Precision, Meso, Micro & Nano Engineering

2018: Session Chair, International Conference on Mathematical Modelling & Scientific Computing

  • Papers in Refereed International Journals: 60
  • Papers in International Conferences: 10
  • International Book Chapters: 2
  • Google Scholar: Citations= 2050 , h-index=24, i10-index=38
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  • Scopus