Tribikram Kundu

Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Professor Tribikram Kundu received his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1979.  His MS and PhD were from the Department of Mechanics and Structures at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1980 and 1983, respectively. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics of the University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor in August 1983 and was promoted to full professor in August 1994.


Dr. Kundu has made significant and original contributions in both basic and applied research in nondestructive testing (NDT) and structural health monitoring (SHM) by ultrasonic and electromagnetic techniques.  His fundamental research interests are in the analysis of elastic and electromagnetic wave propagation in multi-layered solids, fracture mechanics, biomechanics and computational mechanics.  Application areas of his research findings include civil and structural materials, aerospace materials, geomaterials, electronic and biological materials.  He has published 7 books (2 text books and 5 research monographs), 15 book chapters and 331 technical papers, 166 of these papers have been published in refereed scientific journals. As of April 2, 2018, according to Google Scholar ( his publications have been cited 6012 times with an h-index of 41 (i.e. at least 41 of his publications have been cited 41 times or more) and i10-index is 139 (i.e. 139 of his papers have been cited 10 times or more). According to Web of Science his h-index and citation numbers are 27 and 2671, respectively, as of February 24, 2018. He has also edited 22 conference proceedings, supervised 38 PhD students [33 at the University of Arizona (9 jointly) and 5 in foreign universities] and 27 MS students [26 at the University of Arizona (2 jointly) and 1 in a foreign university]. Currently he is supervising 1 MS and 4 PhD students (1 jointly in a foreign university).  He is Fellow of five societies - ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), ASA (Acoustical Society of America), ASNT (American Society of Nondestructive Testing) and SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics) - and a life member of AvHAA (Alexander von Humboldt Association of America).  He is the Chairman of the SPIE yearly conference on Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems (held in March of every year).  He has served as the Chairman of the ASME NDE Engineering Division from 2003 to 2005.