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Sudarsanam Suresh Babu

Sudarsanam Suresh Babu

UT/ORNL Governor's Chair of Advanced Manufacturing 


2013 - present
UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair of Advanced Manufacturing
 Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee

Advanced Manufacturing Program, Energy and Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831

College of Engineering Entrepreneurial Scholar

Associate Director, Ohio Manufacturing Institute

2009- 2013
Director NSF I/UCRC Center for Integrative Materials Joining

Adjunct: Distinguished Scholar of Edison Welding Institute

Technology Leader, Engineering and Materials
Technical Division, Edison Welding Institute, Columbus, Ohio 43221

Senior Research and Development Staff, ORNL

Research and Development Staff, ORNL

Research Professor, University of Tennessee

Post Doctoral Scholar, The Pennsylvania State University


Computational Materials Science; Fundamental issues in non–equilibrium phase transformations; Thermo-mechanical-magnetic coupling effects; Application of in-situ neutron and synchrotron diffraction tools, atom probe field ion microscopy and electron microscopy; Laser surfacing for improvement of structural and biomaterial surfaces; Novel phase transformation concepts to join nanostructured materials; Innovative Delivery of High-Performance Computational Models, Weld microstructure modeling based on thermodynamics and kinetics; Computer aided models to solve the industrial related problems


Ph.D. (Materials Science), 
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Master of Technology (Industrial Metallurgy - Welding), 
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, INDIA

Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgy), 
P. S. G. College of Technology, Coimbatore, INDIA

Professional Service

  • Fellow of American Welding Society
  • Fellow of ASM International
  • Member of ASME

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2017-AWS Comfort A Adams Lecturer Award – November 2017
  • University of Tennessee Research Foundation Innovation Driver Award (Nov. 2016)
  • ORNL UT-Battelle – Inaugural Distinguished Joint Faculty Award (Nov. 2016)
  • Co-recipient of AWS William Spraragen Memorial Award (Nov. 2016)
  • Co-recipient of AWS Warren Savage Memorial Award (November 2014)
  • Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2013)
  • Co-recipient of AWS Warren Savage Memorial Award (November 2013)
  • OSU College of Engineering – Lumley Award (April 2013)
  • AWS Adams Memorial Award (November 2012)
  • ASM Fellow Award (October 2012)
  • College of Engineering – Lumley Interdisciplinary Award (May 2012)
  • High Performance Computing Innovation Excellence Award by IDC (June 2011)
  • Co-recipient of AWS Warren Savage Memorial Award (2011)
  • Co-Recipient of AWS William Spraragen Award (2011)
  • Recipient of AWS William Irrgang Memorial Award (2011)



N. Sridharan, D. Isheim, D. Seidman and S. S. Babu, “Colossal supersaturation of oxygen at the iron-aluminum interfaces made using solid state welding,” Materialia, 2017, Vol. 130, pp. 196-199

M.N. Gussev, N. Sridharan, M. Norfolk, K.A. Terrani, S.S. Babu, Effect of post weld heat treatment on the 6061 aluminum alloy produced by ultrasonic additive manufacturing, Materials Science & Engineering A, 2017, Vol. 684, pp. 606–616

T. Debroy, S. S. Babu, W. Zhang and J. Turner, “Building digital twins of 3D printing machines,” submitted for publication in Scripta Materialia, 2017

A. Levy, A. Miriyev, A. Elliott, S. S. Babu, N. Frage, “Additive Manufacturing of Complex-Shape Graded TiC/Steel Composite, accepted for publication in Advanced materials, 2017

J. Raplee, A. Plotkowski, M. Kirka, R. Dinwiddie, A. Okello, R. R. Dehoff and S. S. Babu, Thermographic Microstructure Determination in Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing,” accepted for publication in Nature Scientific Reports, 2017


A. Hehr, J. Wenning, K. Terrani, S. S. Babu, and M. Norfolk, “Five-axis ultrasonic additive manufacturing for nuclear component manufacture,” JOM, 10.1007/s11837-016-2205-6

S. Das, D. L. Bourell and S. S. Babu, “Metallic Materials for 3D Printing,” MRS Bulletin, 2016, Vol. 14, pp. 729-741

A. Plotkowski, O. Rios, N. Sridharan, Z. Sims; K. Unocic; R. Ott, R. R. Dehoff, and S. S. Babu, “Design of Al-Ce Alloys for Laser Additive Manufacturing,” accepted for publication in Acta Materialia, 2016

N. Sridharan, P. Wolcott, M. Dapino and S. S. Babu, “Microstructure and mechanical property characterization of aluminum-steel joints fabricated using ultrasonic additive manufacturing,” accepted for science and technology of welding and joining, 2016

B. Radhakrishnan, G. Sarma, and S. S. Babu, “Phase Field Simulations of Autocatalytic Formation of Alpha Lamellar Colonies in Ti-6Al-4V,” Metall. and Mater. Trans. A., 2016, (doi:10.1007/s11661-016-3746-6)

N. Sridharan, E. Cakmak, B. Jordan, D. Leonard, W. H. Peter, R. R. Dehoff, D. Gandy and S. S. Babu, “Design, Fabrication and Characterization of Graded Transition Joints for Welding Dissimilar Alloys,” submitted to Welding Journal, 2016

R. Smith, Marc Doran, David Gandy, S. S. Babu, Leonardo Wu, Antonio Ramirez, and Peter Anderson Development of a Gall-Resistant Stainless-Steel Hardfacing Alloy,” submitted for publication in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 2016

Sudarsanam Suresh Babu

Contact Information

  • 407 Dougherty Engineering Building
  • Phone: 865-974-5184
  • E-mail:

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