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Dr. Inderjit Chopra
Distinguished University Professor and Alfred Gessow Professor
Director Alfred Gessow
Rotorcraft Center
Aerospace Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Ph:  301.405.1122
Fax: 301.314.9001


About Dr. Chopra

Dr. Inderjit Chopra is a Distinguished University Professor and Alfred Gessow Professor in Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center at the University of Maryland. Also, he was the Minta-Martin Research Professor from 1996 to 2000.

After receiving his Sc. D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977, he joined the NASA Ames/Stanford University Joint Institute of Aeronautics & Acoustics, where he worked for four and half years on the development of aeroelastic analyses and testing of advanced helicopter rotor systems.
In 1981, he joined the University Maryland as an Associate Professor, and got promoted to Full Professor in 1986. He has been working on various fundamental problems related to aeromechanics of helicopters including aeromechanical stability, vibratory loads, active vibration control, modeling of composite blades, rotor head health monitoring, aeroelastic optimization, high advance ratio rotors, smart structures, swashplateless systems, CFD/CSD couplings, motor-body-engine couplings, micro air vehicles, and comprehensive aeromechanics analyses of bearingless, tilt-rotor, servo-flap, coaxial, compound, teetering, composite coupled rotors, and circulation control rotors. His direct graduate advising resulted in 50 Ph.D. and 90 M.S. degrees, and his students are now playing important roles in rotorcraft industry, academia and federal labs. He acted as the Department Chairman from 1988-1990 and 2009-2010.

Dr. Chopra's professional interest: Multidisciplinary research in rotorcraft aeromechanics with focus on structural dynamics, vibratory loads, aeroelasticity, smart structures and micro air vehicles, with a balance between analysis and experimental testing.

Dr. Chopra has been the principal investigator of six major research programs:

  1. Army/Navy/NASA’s “Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE)” (2011-16)
  2. Army’s CTA-MAST on “Center for Microsystem Mechanics” (2008-18)
  3. Army’s MURI on “Micro Hovering Air Vehicles: Revolutionary Concepts and Navigational Advancements” (2004-09)
  4. Army's MURI on "Innovative Smart Technologies for Actively Controlled Jet-Smooth Rotorcraft" (1996-2001)
  5. Army's "Rotary-Wing Center of Excellence" (1992-2006)
  6. Army's URI on "Smart-Structures Technology: Innovations and Applications to Rotorcraft Systems” (1992-97)

An author of over 200 archival journal papers and over 350 conference proceedings papers, Dr. Chopra has been an associate editor of the

  • AIAA Journal of Aircraft (1987-cont.)
  • Journal of the American Helicopter Society (1987-91)
  • Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (1997-2012)
  • International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles (2014-cont.)

Also, he has been a member of the editorial advisory board of five journals:

  1. International Journal of Aerospace Engineering (2007-09)
  2. Journal of Aircraft (2002-cont.)
  3. SADHANA (1991-95)
  4. Smart Materials and Structures (1994-01)
  5. VERTICA (1987-91)
  6. Journal of Aerospace Sciences and Technologies (2015-cont.)

Dr. Chopra was awarded the:

  • 2013 Wang Shicum Award 2nd Asian Rotorcraft Forum
  • 2012 AHS Igor Sikorsky International Trophy
  • 2011 American Helicopter Museum & Education Center’s Achievement Award
  • 2010 NASA Group Achievement Award
  • 2009 AHS Howard Hughes Award
  • 2009 AHS Alexander A. Klemin Award
  • 2008 Centenary Distinguished Alumni Award by Indian Institute of Science
  • First Place as Faculty Advisor in the American Helicopter Society International Student Design Competition: Graduate Award (1998-2006, 2008, 2010-2013, 2015)
  • 2008 AHS Honorary Fellow Award
  • 2007 Best Paper Award: “Aeroelastic Analysis of Insect-Based Hover-Capable Flapping Wings”
  • 2007 NASA Group Achievement Awards; Two awards on Acute Smart Rotor and UH-60A Loads Prediction
  • 2005 Best Paper Award: “Prediction of UH-60A Dynamic Stall Loads in High Altitude Level Flight Using CFD/CSD Coupling"
  • 2004 Fellow of NIA: National Institute of Aerospace at NASA-Langley
  • 2004 SPIE Smart Structures & Materials Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2003 Fellow of ASME
  • 2002 A. J. Clark School of Engineering Faculty Outstanding Research Award
  • 2001 ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Prize
  • 2002 AHS Grover E. Bell Award
  • 2002 AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award
  • 1998 Fellow Aeronautical Society of India
  • 1996 AIAA/ASME Best Paper Award, "Smart Rotor with Induced Strain Piezo Actuation." AIAA SDM
  • 1996 AHS Technical Fellow
  • 1995 UM's Presidential Award for Outstanding Service to the Schools
  • 1992 UM's Distinguished Research Professorship
  • 1991 elected AIAA Fellow

Member of:

  • NASA (NRC) Research and Technology Roundtable Board (2011-2015)
  • NASA (NRC) Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (2007-2014)
  • Army Science Board (1997-2002).
  • Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Fellow of the Aeronautical Society of India (ASI) and
  • Fellow of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)
  • Honorary Fellow of American Helicopter Society (AHS)

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