• Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1995
  • M.E., Madras Institute of Technology, India, 1990
  • B. Tech., Nagarjuna University, India, 1988


Raghu Pucha obtained his PhD in 1995 from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He held post-doctoral research positions at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Purdue University, West Lafayette before coming to Georgia Tech in 2000. His research focuses on developing upfront computational tools for the design, analysis and manufacturing of composite materials. His research contributions in composite materials include (i) Special purpose finite elements for design and delamination failure analysis of fiber reinforced laminated composites (ii) Microstructure simulations for impact damage analysis of composites  (iii) Design, analysis and optimization tools for advanced composites in electronics applications. His current research includes design and analysis of nano-filler composites for structural, electronics and bio applications.  Dr. Pucha teaches computer graphics, CAD/CAE and design courses.


Computer-Aided Engineering & Design and Manufacturing: Design, analysis and manufacturing of composite materials for structural and electronics applications, Manufacturing Process Mechanics and Design-for-Reliability.

Integrated Analytical and Computational Tools (IntACT) for Composites with Nanofillers

Advanced composite materials with nanofillers are increasingly replacing the metal counterparts in many applications. Manufacturing and application of nanocomposites need upfront computational tools for detail application specific analysis and characterization. Dr. Pucha’s current research efforts are focused on developing integrated analysis and computational tools of manufacturing and application of nanocomposites. These integrated tools systematically consider and quantify many manufacturing parameters in modeling 3D network of nanofillers in a RVE of matrix. The developed continuum models can be used for mechanical and electrical characterization of nanocomposites for various applications. The automated tools with user interface can provide quick what-if analysis and characterization data for manufacturing nanocomposites with application specific properties.

Distinctions & Awards

Representative Publications

  • Pucha, R., Dosa, K., Newton, S., Alemdar, M., Yow, R., and Hirsch, J. “Integrating Sustainability into a Freshman Engineering Course Through an Institute–level Initiative: A Teaching–Learning Model with Authentic Activity and Context”.  Integrating sustainable development into the curriculum: Vol.18.  Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning Series. Patrick Blessinger (Ed). Emerald Publishing Limited.18 Mar 2020. ISBN: 9781787699427.
  • Song, W; Krishnaswamy, V; and Pucha, R.V. “Computational Homogenization in RVE Models with Material Periodic Conditions for CNT Polymer Composites”, Composite Structures, 2016, vol. 137 17), pp. 9-17.
  • Pucha, R.V.,  and Worthy, J., “RVE-based design and analysis tools for composite materials with nanofillers”, Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 48(17), 2014, pp. 2117-2129.
  • Bhuiyan, M.A., Pucha, R.V., Worthy, J., Karevan, M., Kalaitzidou, K.,” Defining the lower and upper limit of the effective modulus of CNT reinforced polypropylene composites through integration of modeling and experiments”, Composite Structures,  Vol.95(1), 2013, pp.80-87.
  • Bhuiyan, M.A., Pucha, R.V., Karevan, M., Kalaitzidou, K.,” Tensile Modulus of Carbon Nanotube / Polypropylene Composites - A Computational Study Based on Experimental Characterization”, Computational Materials Science, Vol. 50(8), 2011, pp. 2347 – 2353.
  • Karevan, M., Pucha, R.V., Bhuiyan, M.A., Kalaitzidou, K., “Effect of Interphase Modulus and Nanofiller Agglomeration on the Tensile Modulus of Graphite Nanoplatelets and Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polypropylene Nanocomposites”, Carbon Letters, Vol. 11(4), 2010, pp. 325-331.
  • Pucha, R.V., and Krishna Murty, A.V., “A High Precision Coupled Bending - Extension Triangular Finite Element for Laminated Plates,” Computers & Structures, Vol. 72(6), 1999, pp. 763-777.
  • Pucha, R.V.,, Harikumar, H.K. and Krishna Murty, A.V., “A High Precision Thickness - stretch Deformation Element,” Mechanics of Composite Materials and Structures, Vol. 2(3), 1995, pp.181-202.
  • Zavattieri, P.D., Pucha, R.V., and Espinosa, H.D., “Computational Model of Ceramic Microstructures Subjected to Multi-Axial Dynamic Loading,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol. 49(1), 2001, pp. 27-68.
  • Pucha, R.V., Sitaraman, S.K., Hegde, S., Damani, M., Wong, C.P., Qu, J., Zhang, Z., Raj, P.M., and Tummala, R.R., “Materials and Mechanics Challenges in SOP-Based Convergent Microsystems,” Micromaterials and Nanomaterials, Vol. 3, 2004, pp.16-29.
  • Pucha, R.V., Ramakrishna, G., Mahalingam, S. and Sitaraman, S.K., “Modeling Spatial Strain Gradient Effects in Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue of Copper Micro-Structures,” International Journal of Fatigue, Vol. 26(9), 2004, pp. 947-957.
  • Pucha, R.V., Pyland, J. and Sitaraman, S.K., “Damage Metric-Based Mapping Approaches for Developing Accelerated Thermal Cycling Guidelines for Electronic Packages,” International Journal of Damage Mechanics, Vol.10 (3), 2001, pp. 214-234.