• Ph.D., Michigan Technological University, 1993
  • M.S., Washington State University, 1989
  • B.Tech. (Hons.) IIT Kharagpur, India, 1987


Dr. Melkote began at Tech in 1995 as an Assistant Professor. Prior, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois.


Dr. Melkote’s research addresses both basic and applied problems in the areas of precision machining, micromachining, and part fixturing/handling. His research in precision machining focuses on the investigation of surface generation mechanisms in processes such as hard turning and grinding. In particular, it is aimed at understanding the role of process variables and material properties on the resulting surface topography, mechanical properties and microstructure and functional properties through experiments and modeling. His work in micromachining focuses on developing models to accurately predict the mechanics of mechanical micro-cutting processes such as micro-grooving and micro-milling. He is also working to develop novel hybrid micromachining processes for creating complex three-dimensional micro-scale features in difficult-to-machine materials. Finally, his work in part fixturing and handling aims at developing a mathematical approach to the design, analysis, and optimization of mechanical fixturing/automated handling devices used in manufacturing and assembly. Such devices include complex fixtures for machining and robotic grasping devices in the handling of thin flexible materials.

Dr. Melkote’s research in these has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Technology Program, National Renewable Energy Lab, Caterpillar Inc., Timken, Delphi Corp., GM, Ford, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa Fastener Systems, and others.

  • Elected Secretary, North American Manufacturing Research Institution of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (NAMRI/SME), 2012-2013

  • Elected Associate Member, College International Pour La Recherche En Productique (CIRP) (The International Academy for Production Engineering), Paris, France, 2012

  • Best paper award at the 7th International Conference on Micro-Manufacturing held at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL in March 12-14, 2012. Paper Co-authored by G. Mathai (PhD student), S. Melkote, and D. Rosen

  • Associate Director of the Manufacturing Research Center, 2008
  • Woodruff School Faculty Fellow, 2006-2011
  • ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering Associate Editor, 2005-2008
    • Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, 2004
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    • Fellow, 2006
    • International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (Manufacturing Engineering Division), Best Paper Award, 2002
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
    • Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 1998
    • 26th North American Manufacturing Research Conference Best Paper Award
    • Research Initiation Award, 1995
  • Sigma Xi Best M.S. Thesis Award (Advisor to Jeffrey D. Thiele), 1999

Representative Publications

  • Anand Ramesh, et al. 2005. Analysis of White Layers Formed in Hard Turning of AISI 52100 Steel. Materials Science & Engineering A390, 88-97.
  • Suhas S. Joshi and Shreyes N. Melkote. 2004. An Explanation for the Size-Effect in Machining Using Strain Gradient Plasticity. ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering 126(4), 679-684.
  • Sathyan Subbiah and Shreyes N. Melkote. 2004. White Layer Formation in Hardened Steel Turned with a Rotary Tool. Transactions of NAMRI/MSE 32, 359-366.
  • John A. Malluck and Shreyes N. Melkote. 2004. Modeling of Deformation of Ring Shaped Workpieces Due to Chucking and Cutting Forces. ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering 126, 141-147.
  • Jose F. Hurtado and Shreyes N. Melkote. 2002. Modeling and Analysis of the Effect of Fixture-Workpiece Conformability on Static Stability. ASME Journal on Manufacturing Science and Engineering 124, 234-241.