Shuvra Das

Shuvra Das

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of International Programs

Shuvra Das
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Engineering
Room: 258
Phone: 313-993-3380
Shuvra Das
Areas of Expertise:
Mechanics of Materials
Mechanical Design
Computer Aided Design
Finite Element Methods
Mechatronics Modeling and Simulation
Modeling of Manufacturing Processes
Numerical Methods
Stress Analysis


  • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, May 1991
  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1987
  • B.Tech (Hons.), Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, 1985


Das started working at University of Detroit Mercy in January 1994 and is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of International Programs in the college of Engineering and Science.  He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, and Master’s and Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Iowa State University.  He was a post-doctoral researcher at University of NotreDame and worked in industry for 2 years prior to joining UDM.    He has taught a variety of courses ranging from freshmen to advanced graduate level within the Mechanical Engineering program as well as the Advanced Electric Vehicle Certificate program.   He has been the Dissertation advisor for and graduated 5 Ph.D. students.   His main area of research interest is Modeling and Simulation of multi-disciplinary engineering problems.  He has worked in areas ranging from mechatronics system simulation to multi-physics process simulation using CAE tools such as Finite and Boundary Elements.   He served as Associate Dean for Research and Outreach for six years.  During this time, he launched the undergraduate Robotics and Mechatronics Systems Engineering Program, the Advanced Electric Vehicle certificate program, and several engineering degree programs in collaboration with Chinese Universities.

Research Interests:

  • Mechatronics
  • Modeling and simulation of Mechatronic systems
  • Manufacturing Process Design Through Thermo-Mechanical Analysis
  • Numerical Techniques: Boundary Element and Finite Element Methods
  • Multi-Disciplinary Design
  • Mechanistic Modeling of Manufacturing Process such as Casting, Welding, Metal Forming, Heat Treatment and Laser Assisted Forming
  • Applied Mechanics and Stress Analysis
  • Fuzzy Logic and Neural Network Applications
  • Design Optimization
  • Inverse Problems in Mechanics and Heat Transfer

Teaching Experience:

SAE courses for professionals

  • Modeling and Simulation of Mechatronic Systems
  • E-Machines for E-Drives, 6 hr. course (part of a week-long Hybrid Academy)


  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
  • Mechanical Engineering Design I
  • Mechanical Engineering Design II
  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
  • Advanced Metal Forming
  • Measurements Laboratory
  • Freshman Engr. Design
  • Joining Techniques
  • Introduction to Mechatronics
  • Modeling and Simulation of Mechatronic Systems
  • Finite Element Method - 3 hrs. per week, 5 semesters
  • Principles of Mechanical Engineering
  • Introductory Mathematics for Engineers


  • Finite Element Method
  • Advanced Finite Element Method
  • Electric Drives and Electro-Mechanical Energy Conversion
  • Computer Aided Design (CAE)
  • Introduction to Mechatronics
  • Composite Material Design
  • Mechatronic Product Development
  • Case Studies in Engineering Design
  • Modeling and Simulation of Mechatronic Systems

Publications (selected):

Books and Book Chapters

  1. Nader Zamani and Shuvra Das, “ABAQUS for Catia V5 Tutorials: AFC 2.5,” SDC Publications, APR. 2008.
  2. Shuvra Das, “Mechantronic Modeling and Simulation Using Bondgraphs,” CRC Press, Mar. 2009.
  3. S. Das and U. Chandra, "Residual Stress and Distortion," Chapter 6 in Handbook of Aluminum: Vol I, Physical Metallurgay and Processes, G. E. Totten and D. S. Mackenzie (eds.), Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, NY (2003) pp.305-350.

Selected Journal Publications

  1. Shuvra Das, Leo E. Hanifin, Sean Newell, “A New Responsive Model for Educational Programs for Industry: The University of Detroit Mercy Advanced Electric Vehicle Graduate Certificate Program,” SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars- Electronic and Electrical Systems, 3(2), pp 10-18, Dec. 2010.
  2. Shuvra Das, Sandra A. Yost, Mohan Krishnan, "A Ten-Year Mechatronics Curriculum Development Initiative: Relevance, Content, and Results - Part I," IEEE Transactions on Education in May 2010, 194-201, 53 (2), 2010.
  3. Mohan Krishnan, Shuvra Das, Sandra A. Yost, "A Ten-Year Mechatronics Curriculum Development Initiative: Relevance, Content, and Results - Part II," IEEE Transactions on Education in May 2010, 202-208, 53(2), 2010.
  4. S. Das, A. Baig, C. Naidu, “Benchmarking Software Tools for Mechatronic Applications,” paper 2005-01-1310, SAE 2005.
  5. R. Langdorf, S. Das, M. Krishnan, “Reducing Conducted Transients in Automotive Windshield Wiper Motors”, paper 2006-01-0297, SAE 2006.
  6. M. Krishnan, S. Das, S. A. Yost, K. Zimmerman-Oster, “A Mechatronics Curriculum Development Initiative: Relevance, Content, and Results from an 8-Year Effort,” 5th Annual Conference on Engineering for the Americas, Rio De Janerio, Brazil, October 2006.
  7. P. Tomar, S.Das, “Bond Graph Modeling and Simulation of a Closed-Loop Feed Drive System for a CNC Machine,” paper 2007- 01-1637, SAE 2007.
  8. N. Yagam and S. Das, “Finite Element Modeling of Adhesive Joint Behavior for Automotive Applications”, paper 6M-36, SAE 2006.
  9. S. Das and A. J. Paul, "Determination of Interfacial Heat Transfer Coefficient in Casting and Quenching Using a Solution Technique for Inverse Problems Based on the Boundary Element Method," Metallurgical Transactions B, Vol. 24B, Dec.1993, pp. 1077-1088.
  10. G. K. Upadhya, S. Das, U. Chandra and A. J. Paul, "Modeling the Investment Casting Process: A Novel Approach for View Factor Calculations and Defect Prediction," Applied Mathematical Modeling, Vol. 19, June 1995, pp.354-362.
  11. S. Das, V. K. Suri, U. Chandra and K. Sampath, "A One Dimensional Mathematical Model for Selecting Plasma Spray Process Parameters," Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Vol. 4 (2), June 1995, pp. 153-165.
  12. K.Odumudu and S.Das, "A Numerical and Experimental Study of Forceless Forming Using Lasers," Computer Modeling and Simulation in Engineering, Vol 2, August 1997, pp.243-266.
  13. S. Das, M. Klotz, and F. Klocke, “EDM Simulation: Finite Element Based Calculation of Deformation, Micro-structure and Residual Stresses”, Journal of Material Processing Technology, Vol 142, Nov 2003, pp. 434-451.
  14. A. Askari, S. Das, “Practical Numerical Analysis of a Crack Near A Weld Subjected To Primary Loading And Hydrogen Embrittlement”, Journal of Material Processing Technology, Vol. 173, March 2006, 1-13.


  1. Capacitor Discharge Welding: A Review of the State-of-the-Art, Ford Motor Company, $20,000, 1995.
  2. Enhancement of Material Testing Laboratory: NSF-ILI, $67,000, 1996.
  3. Multimedia Based Course Module Development in Thermo-Physics, NSF-Greenfield Coalition. (PI: Dr. Mark Schumack), $244,000, 1995-96
  4. Research Initiation: Laser Forming, Faculty Grant Incentive Program, University of Detroit Mercy, $2200, 1996.
  5. Research Initiation: Laser Forming, Soc.of Manufacturing Engineers, $2550, 1996.
  6. Multimedia Based Course Module Development in Joining and Assembly, NSF-Greenfield Coalition, $125,000, 1998-99.
  7. Mechatronics: A Comprehensive Interdisciplinary curriculum; NSF-CCLI, $225,000, 1999(with Dr. Sandra Yost and Dr. Mohan Krishnan).
  8. Simulation Based Design System for Multi-Stage Manufacturing Processes, Phase II: Air-Force Research Laboratory, $43,000, 2000-2001.
  9. Course Module Development in Joining, NSF-Greenfield Coalition, $49,000, 2002-03.
  10. New Course Development in Advanced Mechatronics, NSF-CCLI, $174,000, ’03-’05 (with Dr. Sandra Yost and Dr. Mohan Krishnan).
  11. UDM Multi-Disciplinary Student Project Development Advanced Prototyping and Electronic Sensing Systems, DENSO North American Foundation, $50,000, 2011.
  12. Ford Capital Equipment Grant, $50000, 2012, for renovation of the Automotive laboratory.
  13. Ford Capital Equipment Grant, $25000, 2015, for renovation of the INSPIRE laboratory.
  14. S-STEM: Scholarships for Robotics and Mechatronics Systems Engineering, NSF-SSTEM, $ 590,000, 2015.


  • Best Teacher Award, ASEE North-Central Section, April 2002.
  • Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching and Research, University of Detroit Mercy, October 2001.
  • Engineering Teacher of the Year Award, Univ. of Detroit Mercy, April 1996, April 2009.
  • Engineering and Science Cornerstone Award, UDM, 2016.
  • Nominated for Engr. Teacher of the Year Award, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007.
  • Pi Tao Sigma "Purple Shaft Award", University of Detroit Mercy, 1996, 2016
  • President's Award for Teaching Excellence, Iowa State University, 1990.