Pilaka V. Murty, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office: Amarillo Center
Dr. Murty joined the Department of Engineering and Computer Science at West Texas A&M University in fall 2003. He received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from NIT, Rourkela, India; L.L.B. (with specialization in criminology and intellectual property rights) from Delhi University; M.B.A. from J&W University; and M.S. and Ph.D. from Oakland University, the latter in 2001.
Previously, Dr. Murty worked as assistant professor at Lake Superior State University, as lecturer at Oakland University, and as a project engineer in research and development at Lamb Technicon (Michigan). He has also worked in India as deputy director.
Teaching and Related Service
Dr. Murty teaches mechanics of materials, machine design, finite element methods, numerical methods, engineering ethics, robotics, fundamentals of engineering, mathematics and more. He collaborated on a textbook with a professor at Texas A&M University on quality concepts in industrial distribution environment. He has been invited to serve as guest lecturer at Chienkuo Technological University in Taiwan, NIT, Rourkela in India, and at Texas A&M University. Dr. Murty has been a sessions organizer at the SAE World Congress since 2006 and is still continuing and discharging the responsibilities of organizing sessions where authors from the throughout the world present papers. He has been a member of of ASME, SAE, STLE and IEEE, professional societies that are under various stages of renewal.
Research and Creative Activity
Dr. Murty's research interests include error compensation algorithms in machining, universal design for instruction, disability training, developments of contact elements for finite element analysis of contact problems, stress analysis using commercial software, and Vedic methods of mathematical manipulations. He recently developed (i) gas-like contact element that exhibits dual behavior of gas and solid, (ii) liquid-like contact element that exhibits dual behavior of liquid and solid, (iii) porous-like contact element that exhibits dual behavior of porous material and solid which are under various stages of completion for journal publication. Dr. Murty's paper on error compensation algorithm is selected for presentation at the SAE World Congress in April 2008, and the technology developed in that paper is being sent for patenting.
Dr. Murty's wife, Sakuntala, has B.S. and Be.D. degrees from India. She is a teacher of biology, botany and mathematics. Dr. Murty's son, Rohit, earned B.S. in mechanical engineering from India, and an M.B.A. from NITIE, India, which is one of the prestigious institutions of management in India, where the percent admission rate through the CAT is less than one percent of those who compete for admission.