Raj joined the Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) as an Assistant Research Engineer in November 2019. Raj holds MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State University. Prior to BCDC, he was a Post-doctoral Researcher in J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. His current research focuses on the aspects of hypervelocity impact testing, material characterization, shock physics, and equations of state development for materials modeling. His research interests include hypervelocity impacts, finite element simulations of dynamic events, mechanics of aerospace composites, UAS collision severity evaluation, fatigue and fracture of aerospace materials, non-destructive evaluation, smart materials, and high-strain rate material characterization. He is a member of ASME, AIAA, NSBE, and International Ballistics Society (IBS).
- Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State University 2018
Dissertation: Development and Verification of a Finite Element Model of a Fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial System for Airborne Collision Severity Evaluation.
- M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State University 2018
Thesis: Fatigue and crack-growth behavior in a titanium alloy under constant-amplitude and spectrum loading.
- B.Tech. Aeronautical Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University – Hyderabad, India 2011