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Dr. Anirban Pal

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Office: Engineering Building 221B
Email: apal@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-5254

Professional Profile

Dr. Anirban Pal received his B. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (2010) and his Ph. D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2016), both in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as Post-Doctoral Research Associate for 1.5 years and as a Lecturer for 6 months at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute prior to joining the College of Engineering at West Texas A&M in Fall 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Pal currently teaches Fundamentals of Engineering and Programming Fundamentals. He has teaching experience in Mechanics of Materials and Engineering Dynamics.

He has been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Materials Research Society and American Physical Society.

Research and Creative Activity

The famous American scientist Richard Feynman prophesied the huge potential for engineering at small scales (There’s plenty of room at the bottom!). In this spirit, Dr. Pal is interested in the unique nano-mechanical behavior of materials at small scales, and how they can be harnessed to produce desired behavior at larger macroscopic scales.

His research interests include energetic molecular crystals, fiber networks, mechanical and thermal metamaterials. Using computational tools such as molecular dynamics, density functional theory, graph theory and finite elements, he has published work in Physical Review Letters, Scientific Reports, Physical Review E, and Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering. A list of his publications can be found under ORC id 0000-0002-0466-0589.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Pal lives in Canyon. He enjoys dancing Argentine Tango, rock climbing and working out at the local cross-fit box. He also takes pleasure in hiking and reading non-fiction.