K.V.   Sudhakar - Metallurgical and Materials Engineering - Montana Tech

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

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Sudhakar Vadiraja (K.V. Sudhakar), Ph.D., P.E.

Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering


Contact Information:

1300 West Park Street
ELC Building #218
Phone: (406) 496-4267
E-Mail: kvsudhakar@mtech.edu


Dr. Sudhakar Vadiraja is a Freeport-McMoRan Professor at Montana Tech, working since January 2008. He earned his Ph.D. degree (Materials Engineering) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Master’s degree in Materials/Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Materials/Metallurgical Engineering from Karnataka Regional Engineering College (now known as NITK), Surathkal. Dr. Vadiraja has about 20 years of teaching, 10 years of industry, and 2 years of postdoctoral research experience. His technical expertise includes Biomaterials, Mechanical Behavior, Fatigue and Fracture, Materials Processing & Characterization and Failure Analysis. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Montana.

Research Interests

Biomaterials, Mechanical Behavior, Fatigue and Fracture, Failure Analysis, Materials Processing and Characterization

  • Faculty Merit Award – Montana Tech, 2016
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Award - Central Michigan University, 2001
  • National Research Scholarship Award (#30955) from Mexico Research System (Jan 2004–Dec 2007)
  • Indian Government Scholarship for Research (Ph.D.)
  • National GATE Scholarship for Postgraduate studies (M.S.)
  • Professor – Montana Tech, Butte, MT  2018 - Present
  • Associate Professor – Montana Tech, Butte, MT  2012 - 2018
  • Assistant Professor - Montana Tech, Butte, MT  2008 - 2012
  • Assistant Professor – Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico, 2002-2007
  • Assistant Professor – Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 2000-2001
  • Assistant Professor – Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan,1999-2000
  • Postdoctoral research associate - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1997-1999
  • Worked in Private and Public sector industries (including automotive and aircraft industries) for about 10 years
  1. V. Sudhakar, Penn Rawn, Ronda Coguill, Scott Coguill, Taylor Winsor, and Bruce Madigan, “Mechanical properties and Microstructure evaluation of biomaterial grade 316L Stainless Steel produced by Additive Manufacturing”, European Journal of Advances in Engineering and Technology, 5(2), 2018, 106-112.
  2. Bari, A. Rolfe, A. Christofi, C. Mazzuca, and K.V. Sudhakar, Forensic Investigation of a Failed Connecting Rod from a Motorcycle Engine, Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis, 9, 2017, 9-16.
  3. V. Sudhakar and Ethan Wood, "Superplastic Titanium alloy: Evaluation of Mechanical Properties and Fracture behavior", Journal of Materials (Hindawi Publishing Corporation), Volume 2016 (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/2309232, Article ID 2309232, 2016.
  4. V. Sudhakar and Ethan Wood, "Rotating Bending Fatigue and Fracture of Beta-C Biomedical Titanium Alloy", Journal of Materials Focus, 5(5), 2016, 453-457.
  5. Jyhwen Wang, Huanlin Zhu, K.V. Sudhakar, Angie Hill Price,  "Influence of equal-channel angular extrusion on impact toughness of aluminum and brass at room and low temperatures", International Journal of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (Springer Publications), 9(1), 2014, 1-10.