Jha named fellow of international organization

Ratan Jha

An international organization has selected a Bagley College research director for its highest membership honor.

Ratneshwar “Ratan” Jha, the director of the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

“We are proud to have Ratan as a member of our faculty and as director of the Raspet Flight Research Lab,” inerim dean Jason Keith said. “He has an international reputation for his work in structural health monitoring, micro-aerial vehicles, and composites and smart structures. It is great to see this recognition from ASME.”

The rank of fellow is the highest grade of membership in many professional organizations. It is awarded to members who have made a significant impact to their respective fields. Less than three percent of ASME members have received this honor. He is the second Bagley College faculty member to receive the honor this year.

In the aerospace division of the ASME, Jha has worked as chair, co-chair or technical chair for several conferences. He currently serves on the nondestructive structural diagnosis technical committee.

His 15 years of service to the organization and dedication to the field of aerospace engineering prompted the nomination that led to this recognition.

“Election to the grade of fellow of ASME is an honor, and it feels great to be recognized as such,” Jha said.

Before joining the Mississippi State faculty in 2012, Jha taught at Clarkson University in New York. While there he developed the Smart Structures Laboratory and received the John Graham Faculty Research Award.

Jha earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He also holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University.

Founded in 1880, ASME develops and sets the codes and standards for mechanical devices to ensure quality and safety across the globe. The organization stresses the importance of improving the quality of life through engineering education and innovation.

More information about the American Society of Mechanical Engineers can be found at www.asme.org.

For more information about the Bagley College of Engineering, visit www.bagley.msstate.edu.

Erin Boozer | Bagley College of Engineering

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