Bibekananda Datta

PhD student, Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.


As of 2024, I am a 4th year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering (mechanics and materials track) in Nguyen Lab at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Before Hopkins, I got my MS from Washington State University, Pullman, and BS from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, all in Mechanical Engineering.

My research interests lie at the intersection of solid mechanics, computational methods, and materials modeling. Currently, I am working on developing multiphysics framework, constitutive models, and numerical implementations for stimuli-responsive hydrogels for soft sensing and robotics applications as well as water harvesting. Because of the uncanny fundamental similarities between soft active materials and biological tissues, I am also interested in the biomechanics of tissues. Previously, I worked on the thermomechanical failure of 2.5D/3D microelectronics packaging and continuum dislocation plasticity modeling.

Besides engineering, I have always found anthropology, mythology, and sociology very fascinating. In leisure, I love watching standup comedies and sitcoms, listening to music, going on road trips, reading comics, and sometimes writing blogs.


Feb 24, 2024 Paper on the modeling of reactive DNA hydrogel in JMPS is now available online.
Dec 21, 2023 Paper on data-driven modeling of the hydrogel cralwer is accepted at ICRA 2024 (see preprint).
Dec 21, 2023 Paper on the modeling of fiber-reinforced composite in IJMS is now available online.

Latest Posts

Selected Publications

  1. JEM
    A model for intermetallic growth in thin Sn joints between Cu substrates: Applications to solder microjoints
    Yeasir Arafat, Hanry Yang, Indranath Dutta, Praveen A. Kumar, and Bibekananda Datta
    Journal of Electronic Materials, May 2020
  2. Science Robotics
    Untethered unidirectionally crawling gels driven by asymmetry in contact forces
    Aishwarya Pantula, Bibekananda Datta, Yupin Shi, Margaret Wang, Jiayu Liu, Siming Deng, Noah J. Cowan, Thao D. Nguyen, and David H. Gracias
    Science Robotics, Dec 2022
  3. JMPS
    A reactive electrochemomechanical theory for growth and remodeling of polyelectrolyte hydrogels and application to dynamic polymerization of DNA hydrogels
    Brandon K. Zimmerman, Bibekananda Datta, Ruohong Shi, Rebecca Schulman, and Thao D. Nguyen
    Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, May 2024