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Uday Vaidya

Uday Vaidya

Governor’s Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing Professor


2015-present:  UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing  Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering (MABE)  Chief Technology Officer, Institute for Advanced Composites and Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)

2001- 2015: UAB Distinguished Professor and Department Chair, Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) and Director, Materials Processing and Applications Development (MPAD) Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Associate to Full Professor (2006) to Distinguished Professor; Graduate Program Director (2010-2014), Associate Chair (2013-2015)

1999-2001: Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University (NDSU), Dept of Mechanical Engg & Applied Mechanics, Fargo

1993 – 1999: Assistant to Associate Professor, Tuskegee University; Department of Mechanical Engineering & Center for Advanced Materials (T-CAM)

1989 – 1993; Graduate Teaching Assistant, Auburn University

1988-1989: Scientist – B; National Aeronautical Laboratory, India


Advanced Composites, Composite Materials and Manufacturing, Applications Development – R&D to Engineered Products, Dynamic Response, Nondestructive Evaluation, Sustainable and Green Materials, Composites Design, Process Modeling and Mechanics, Composites Recycling and Sustainability, Sound and Vibration Damping, Hybrid Materials, Multi-scale, Multi-functional and Nano-bio materials; TRL 1-3 and TRL 4-6 Technology Commercialization 


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 1993, Auburn University, Alabama

M.S., Mechanical Design Engineering, 1987, Shivaji University, India

B. S., Mechanical Engineering. 1985, Karnataka University, India

Professional Service

  • Alabama Launchpad Business Competition, First place to create spin-off Innovative Composite Solutions (ICS), April 2009.
  • SPE Composites Committee, Education Chair, 2008 to present
  • Member of SAMPE, ACMA, SPE, JEC
  • Text Book: Composites for Automotive, Mass Transit and Truck

Awards and Recognitions

  • Distinguished University Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, February 7-8, 2014
  • 2014 Graduate Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Award, April 2014
  • Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence, School of Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Spring 2005 and Spring 2013.
  • Presidential Teaching Award
  • Composites Manufacturing BEST Award


Eric Kerr-Anderson, Benjamin Geiger-Willis, Selvum Pillay, and Uday Vaidya., Design and development of a test fixture and method for investigation of impact during pre-stressed compression. ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, January, JTE, Volume 42, Issue 1, JTE20120301 (2014).

John Smith and Uday Vaidya, Processing optimization of deformed plain woven thermoplastic composites. Applied Composite Materials, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 1265-1272 (2013).

U.K.Vaidya, K. B. Thattaiparthasarthy, S. Pillay, S. Vaidya, H. Ning and D. Bansal., Colored inorganic pigmented long fiber thermoplastic composites. Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, 0892705713515262 December (2013),

John Smith, John Johnstone and Uday Vaidya., Analytical modeling of progressive forming of thick section thermoplastic composites. International Journal of Material Forming, DOI 10.1007/s12289-013-1133-z , May (2013)

K. Balaji Thattaiparthasarthy and Uday K. Vaidya., Processing and characterization of continuous fiber reinforcements co-molded with long fiber reinforced thermoplastics. Polymers and Polymer Composites, Volume 21, No 8, pp. 483-494 (2013).

Dhruv Bansal, S. Pillay and U.K.Vaidya., Nanographene-reinforced carbon/carbon composites. Carbon, Volume 55, April, Pages 233–244 (2013).

L. Roy Xu, Arun Krishnan, Haibin Ning, Uday Vaidya., A seawater tank approach to evaluate the dynamic failure and durability of E-glass/vinyl ester marine composites. Composites Part B: Engineering, Volume 43, Issue 5, Pages 2480-2486 (2012).

Ochoa-Putman, Carol and Vaidya, Uday K., Mechanisms of interfacial adhesion in metal-polymer composites - Effect of chemical treatment. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, v 42, n 8, p 906-915 (2011).

Thattaiparthasarthy, K. Balaji, Pillay, Selvum, Vaidya, Uday K., Rheological characterization of long fiber thermoplastics - Effect of temperature, fiber length and weight fraction. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, v 40, n 10, p 1515-1523 (2009).

Haibin Ning, Selvum Pillay, Uday K. Vaidya., Design and development of thermoplastic composite roof door for mass transit bus. Materials & Design, Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 983-991 (2009).

John J. La Scala, Chad A. Ulven, Joshua A. Orlicki, Rahul Jain, Giuseppe R. Palmese, Uday K. Vaidya and James M. Sands., Emission modeling of styrene from vinyl ester resins. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy Journal, Volume 11, No. 3, pages 283-292 (2009).

Deka, L.J, Bartus, S.D, Vaidya, U.K., Damage evolution and energy absorption of E-glass/polypropylene laminates subjected to ballistic impact. Journal of Materials Science, v 43, n 13, p 4399-4410 (2008).

K. Balaji Thattaiparthasarathy, S. Pillay, H. Ning, U.K. Vaidya., Process simulation, design and manufacturing of a long fiber thermoplastic composite for mass transit application. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Volume 39, Issue 9, Pages 1512-1521 (2008).

Vaidya, U.K. and Chawla, K.K., Processing of fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites. International Materials Reviews, Volume 53, Number 4, pp. 185-218 (2008).

Goel, A., Chawla, K.K., Vaidya, U.K., Chawla, N., Koopman, M., Two-dimensional microstructure based modelling of Young's modulus of long fibre thermoplastic composite. Materials Science and Technology, v 24, n 7, p 864-869 (2008).

U.K. Vaidya, K.K. Chawla, K. Balaji Thattaiparthasarthy, and A. Goel., The process and microstructure modeling of long-fiber thermoplastic composites. Journal of Materials, Vol 60, No. 4, pp. 43-49 (2008).

Uday K. Vaidya, Juan C. Serrano, Alejandro Villalobos, James Sands and James Garner., Design and analysis of a long fiber thermoplastic composite tailcone for a tank gun training round. Materials & Design, Volume 29, Issue 2, Pages 305-318 (2008).

Haibin Ning, Uday Vaidya, Gregg M. Janowski and George Husman., Design, manufacture and analysis of a thermoplastic composite frame structure for mass transit. Composite Structures, Volume 80, Issue 1, Pages 105-116 (2007).

J.C.Serrano-Perez, U.K.Vaidya and N.Uddin., Low velocity impact response of autoclaved aerated concrete / CFRP sandwich plates. Composite Structures, 80 pp. 621-630 (2007).

C.A. Ulven and U.K. Vaidya., Post-fire low velocity impact response of marine grade sandwich composites. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Volume 37, Issue 7, Pages 997-1004 (2006).

R. Sriram, U.K.Vaidya and J.H.Kim., Blast impact of aluminum foam sandwich composites. Journal of Materials Science, Volume 41, No. 13, pp.4023-4039 (2006).

S.D Bartus, C.A.Ulven, and U.K.Vaidya., Design and development of long fiber thermoplastic bus seat. Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 131-154 (2006).

U.K.Vaidya, A.R.S. Gautam, M.V.Hosur and P.K.Dutta., Experimental–numerical studies of transverse impact response of adhesively bonded lap joints in composite structures. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp. 184-198 (2006).

S. Pillay, U.K.Vaidya and G.M.Janowski., Liquid molding of carbon fabric reinforced nylon matrix composite laminates. Journal of Thermoplastic Composites, Volume 18, No.6, pp. 509-527 (2005).

J.C. Serrano-Perez and U.K.Vaidya., Modeling and implementation of VARTM for civil engineering applications. SAMPE Journal, V 41, No. 1, pp. 20-31 (2005).

S.D. Bartus and U.K. Vaidya., Performance of long fiber reinforced thermoplastics subjected to transverse intermediate velocity blunt object impact. Composite Structures, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp. 263-277 (2005).

Uday K. Vaidya, Francis Samalot, Selvum Pillay, Gregg M. Janowski, George Husman, and Klaus Gleich., Design and manufacturing of woven reinforced glass/polypropylene composites for mass transit floor structure. Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 38, No. 21, pp.1949-1971 (2004).

M. V. Hosur, M. Adya, S. Jeelani, U. K. Vaidya, P. Dutta., Experimental studies on the high strain rate compression response of woven graphite/epoxy composites at room and elevated temperatures. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, V23, No.5, pp. 491- 514, (2004).

U.K.Vaidya, M.V.Kamath, A. Palazatto, L.N.B.Gummadi., Low velocity impact and compression-after-impact response of Z-pin reinforced sandwich composites. ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, Volume 122, Number 4, pp. 434-442 (2000).

U.K. Vaidya, N. Jadhav, M.V.Hosur, J. Gillespie and B.K.Fink., Assessment of flow and cure monitoring using direct current and alternating sensing in vacuum assisted resin infusion molding process. Smart Materials and Structures Journal, V9, No. 6, pp. 727-736 (2000).

M. Motuku, U.K.Vaidya and G. M. Janowski., Parametric studies of self-repairing approaches for resin infused composites subjected to low velocity impact. Smart Materials and Structures Journal, V8, No. 5 pp. 623-638 (1999).

A. Palazatto, L.N.B.Gummadi, U.K. Vaidya and E. Herup., Low velocity impact damage characteristics of z- fiber reinforced sandwich panels - an experimental study. Composite Structures, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp. 275-288 (1998).

Vaidya, UK; Raju, PK, Crocker, MJ., Acoustic emission studies on carbon-carbon composites. NDT and E International, V30, No. 2, pp. 113-113 (1997).

U.K.Vaidya, H.Mahfuz and S. Jeelani, NDE of sandwich and hybrid carbon/carbon composites. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Volume 15, Number 10, pp. 988-1010 (1996).

U.K.Vaidya and P.K.Raju., Identification of failure modes in carbon-carbon composites using acoustic emission technique. Transactions of ASME: Journal of Acoustics and Vibration, Volume 118, No. 3, pp. 446-453 (1996).

U.K.Vaidya and P.K.Raju., Monitoring processing stages of carbon-carbon (c/c) composites using vibration based nondestructive evaluation (NDE). Materials Evaluation, V52, No. 6, pp. 682-688 (1994).

U.K.Vaidya, P.K.Raju, and W.Kowbel., Material damping studies on carbon-carbon composites. Carbon, Volume 30, Number 6, pp.925-929 (1992).

Vaidya, UK, Raju, PK, Kowbel, W., Experimental studies on material damping characteristics of carbon-carbon composites. M3D: Mechanics and mechanisms of material damping. ASTM STP (A 94-19927 04-39), pp. 490-501 (1992).


U.K.Vaidya., Composites for Automotive, Heavy Truck and Mass Transit: Design, Manufacture and Applications; DesTech Publishers, April 2010.

Book Chapters

U.K.Vaidya, Impact Response of Laminated and Sandwich Composites., Chapter 4, pp. 97-192, Ed. S.Abrate, Impact Engineering of Composite Structures, 97-191, 2011 CISM Udine, Italy, Publisher – SpringerWien New York, 2011.

U.K.Vaidya., U.K.Vaidya and Lakshya Deka., Single and Multisite Impact Response of S2-glass/epoxy balsa wood core sandwich composites., pp. 541-570., in Major Accomplishments in Composite Materials and Sandwich Structures., An Anthology of ONR Sponsored Research Daniel, I. M.; Gdoutos, E.E.; Rajapakse, Yapa D.S. (Eds.) 2010, XVIII, 818 p. Springer Publishers.

Eric Anderson, Selvum Pillay, Basir Shafiq and Uday Vaidya., Effect of pre-stressing on impact damage response of composite structures., in Dynamic failure of composite and sandwich structures, Ed. S.Abrate, B. Castanie and Y.D.S. Rajapakse, Springer, Sep 2012.

Richard C. Petersen and Dr. Uday K. Vaidya., Free-Radical Reactive Secondary Sequence Chain-Lengthening Lipid Pathology Micromechanics and electron interactions for advanced biomedical research., Chapter 16, pp 233-284, Ed. Richard c. Petersen, in Micromechanics and Electron

Interactions., Fiber Reinforced Composite Medical/Dental Devices and Advancements in Cell Biology/Pathology.

Uday Vaidya

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