Avishek Chanda

Assistant Research Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Mechanics of wood and natural fiber composites
  • Sustainable solutions in structural, decorative, automobile, and aerospace applications
  • Modeling of engineered wood and lignocellulosic composites
  • Fire performance analysis and fire retardant material fabrication
  • Modeling of the fire dynamics of different materials and systems

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Research Professor | Composite Materials and Engineering Center, Washington State University, 2024 – Present
    Affiliated academic department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate | Composite Materials and Engineering Center, Washington State University, 2021 – Present
  • Research Assistant | Centre for Advanced Composite Materials, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-2021
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant | Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-2021
  • Graduate Engineer Trainee, Mechanical Engineering | CADD Centre Private Limited, Kolkata, India, 2014-2015


  • CE 215: Mechanics of Materials


  • PhD. | Mechanical Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand 2022
  • M.S. | Mechanical Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand 2016
  • B.S. | Mechanical Engineering, SRM University, Chennai, India 2014


  • Marie Curie Fellowship and Seal of Excellence Award with Lulea Technical University, 2022
  • 3rd best paper at ANTEC, Australia New Zealand Chapter, 2021
  • Ministry of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Grant, New Zealand, 2018-2021
  • Australian Research Centre Grant, 2016 – 2018
  • Best Final Year project, Mechanical Engineering, SRM University, Chennai, India 2014

Current Projects

  • Novel vacuum bagging technique for resin transfer molding of decorative natural fiber panels (PI)
  • Numerical simulation and manufacturability of a bio-based corrugated small-scale sandwiched structural panels – Phase I (PI)
  • Phase II — Development of fiberboard from hemp fiber/hurd (Co-PI)
  • Natural fiber reinforced nylon-6 composites for under-the-hood applications (Co-PI)
  • Decorative composite panels from agricultural waste byproducts (Co-PI)
  • Liquid molding of wood strand panels with large curvature for automotive applications – a sustainable solution
  • A Non-Woven, Bamboo-Based Strand Composite Process to Manufacture Low-Cost Roofing
  • Durable laminated strand-veneer composite panels for mass timber construction
  • Demonstration of Fire Performance of Durable Wood Strand Mass Timber Panels


  • Das, R., Chanda, A., Brechou, J., & Banerjee, A. (2023). Impact behaviour of fibre–metal laminates. In Dynamic Deformation, Damage and Fracture in Composite Materials and Structures (2nd Edition). Woodhead Publishing
  • James, A. A., Rahman, M. R., Huda, D., Rahman, M. M., Uddin, J., Bakri, M. K. B., & Chanda, A. (2023). Optimization of novel nanocomposite powder for simultaneous removal of heavy metals from palm oil mill effluent (POME) by response surface methodology (RSM). Environment, Development and Sustainability, 1-27.
  • Chanda, A., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2022). Introduction of the developable surface concept in fibrous composite materials. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 157, 106910
  • Chanda, A., Kim, N. K., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2022). Effects of adhesive systems on the mechanical and fire-reaction properties of wood veneer laminates. Composites Science and Technology, 109331
  • Chanda, A., Kim, NK., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2021). Manufacturing and characterization of wood-veneer sandwich panels with flame-retardant composite cores. Composites Communications, 27, 100870
  • Chanda, A., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2021). A parametric study to minimize spring-back while producing plywood channels. Journal of Cleaner Production, 304, 127109
  • Chanda, A., Kim, NK., Wijaya, W., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2021). Fire reaction of sandwich panels with corrugated and honeycomb cores made from natural materials. Journal of Sandwich Structures & Materials
  • Chanda A., Kim NK., & Bhattacharyya D. (2020). A Study of the Fire Performance of Timber-Walled Compartments. In: Makovicka Osvaldova L., Markert F., Zelinka S. (eds), Wood & Fire Safety. WFS 2020. Springer, Cham
  • Chanda, A., Kim, NK., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2021) An introduction to the possible combinations of veneer composites. In Antec ® 2021, May 11 to 21, Denver, CO.
  • Chanda, A., Dutta, S., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2020). Shape conformance via spring-back control during thermo-forming of veneer plywood into a channel section. Materials and Manufacturing Processes, 35:7, 859-868
  • Chanda, A., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2018). Formability of wood veneers: a parametric approach for understanding some manufacturing issues. Holzforschung, 72(10), 881- 887
  • Banerjee, A., Chanda, A., & Das, R. (2017). Historical origin and recent development on normal directional impact models for rigid body contact simulation: A critical review. Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering, 24(2), 397-422
  • Banerjee, A., Chanda, A., & Das, R. (2017). Seismic analysis of a curved bridge considering deck‐abutment pounding interaction: an analytical investigation on the post‐impact response. Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, 46(2), 267- 290