On July 1, 2016, Jagadeep Thota was welcomed by the Natural and Applied Sciences Department as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Jagadeep is from Bangalore, a southern city in India. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Bangalore University, India. He did his M.S. and Ph.D. studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. All three of his degrees are in Mechanical Engineering.
After his doctorate, Jagadeep worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar for three years at the Center for Materials and Structures at UNLV. Jagadeep also worked for the University of Alabama in Huntsville as a Lecturer for three years. His research experiences include experimental and computational analysis of structures under severe loading conditions, such as explosions and projectile impacts; developing optimization codes for design improvements in structures; shock mitigation, with emphasis on structures with bolted joints; and experimental characterization of polymer composites, metallic, and new generation materials under normal and extreme environments.
Jagadeep has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed international technical papers and has won several outstanding paper and poster awards. He was honored with an outstanding academic achievement award at UNLV. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. He has been an advisor for the historic and prestigious engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, both at UNLV and UAH. He has been active as a judge, mentor, and inspector in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) events such as FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge, for high school and middle school students. After experiencing the extremes of Las Vegas heat and Huntsville humidity, Jagadeep is looking forward to the “pleasant” Green Bay winters.