Education and Credentials
Ph.D. in Engineering Science, December 2003 – Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
Dissertation: Development of a friction layer model for the brake pad-rotor interface for noise and vibration
Dissertation Advisors: Drs. Ajay Mahajan and Peter Filip

M.Tech. in Applied Mechanics, August 1996 – Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
Thesis: Numerical simulation of viscoelastic contact problems
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Anand Jagota

Professional Experience


Department of Mechanical Engineering

Full Professor (8/2016 – Present)

Department Chair (07/2015-present)

Associate Professor (08/2011 – 07/2016)

Assistant Professor (08/2006 – 7/2011)

Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Research Assistant Professor (01/2006 – 08/2006)
Director, Biomechanics Laboratory (02/2004 – 08/2006)
Post-Doctoral Fellow (2/2004 to 12/2005)

Supervised and facilitated biomechanical and clinical research. Played key role in development of biomechanics test protocols. Oversaw research teams consisting of multiple faculty members, laboratory engineers, medical residents, and students. Analyzed and interpreted research findings. Prepared grant proposals for submission to federal agencies, industry, and internal agencies.

Selected accomplishments:

  • Established inter- and intra- institutional research collaborations.
  • Upgraded Biomechanics Laboratory, including addition of data-acquisition system, and advanced software.

Research Assistant, Center for Advanced Friction Studies (8/2001 to 12/2003)

Provided critical research expertise for the $1 million-per-year research center funded by National Science Foundation, State of Illinois, and a 10-company consortium including Boeing, Honeywell, ABS, Link Engineering, Tribco Inc., and Messier-Bugatti. Coordinated laboratories and periodically served as lecturer for various engineering courses. Prepared and submitted quarterly technical reports to the Industrial Advisory Board. Published in refereed journals and presented scientific findings at international conferences.

  • Developed novel theory and model for frictional contact to demonstrate effect of friction layer on noise and vibration on disc brake system.
  • Developed finite element nonlinear contact models (using ANSYS) to represent rotor-pad coupling stiffness using nano-scale measurements.
  • Introduced automated data-acquisition laboratory.

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LIMITED (a Fortune 500 Company), Mumbai, India

Assistant Manager (8/1997 to 7/2001)
Graduate Management Trainee (8/1996-07/1997)

Performed system engineering, system integration, project planning,and project execution for wide variety of projects.
Developed 1000 TPH Petcoke-based CFBC boiler design, combustion by-product disposal and handling plan.



Courses taught: Statics, Biomechanics, Strength of Materials, Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Design, Engineering Graphics, Mechanical Design Analysis -I, Mechanical Design Analysis -II, Mechanical Measurement Laboratory-I, Vibration Analysis

Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Projects

First-year Seminar Program (FSP) course: Living Hinduism



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Interactive session

BuSha, B., and Paliwal, M., “Undergraduate student authorship or acknowledgement, a story of three collaboration efforts that resulted in peer-reviewed articles”, Council on Undergraduate Research Conference 2012-Leveraging Uncertainty: Towards a new generation of undergraduate research, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ June 23-26, 2012.


Scholarly awards

TCNJ Support of Scholarly Activities (SOSA) Award:

Received for the academic year 2014-16 (six faculty weighted hours)

Received for the academic year 2012-14 (six faculty weighted hours)

Received for the academic year 2010-12 (six faculty weighted hours)

Received for the academic year 2009-10 (three faculty weighted hours)

Received for the academic year 2008-09 (three faculty weighted hours)

Funded Research

With Samir Aouadi, Ph.D., Peter Filip, Ph.D., and D. Gordon Allan, M.D. “Wear and Biocompatibility of Nitride-based Nanocomposite Coatings for Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement” Funded by the Office of Research and Development Affairs (ORDA), Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2006-2007, 1 year.

With Brian Kern, M.D., and Gordon Allan, M.D., “Evaluation of the effect of cement viscosity on cement mantle in Total Knee Arthroplasty”, Funded by Memorial Medical Foundation, Zimmer Inc.and the Department of Surgery, 2006, 1 year.

With Mark McAndrew, M.D., Peter Kurath, Ph.D., and William Payne, M.D., “Fixation of intertrochanteric fractures.” Funded by industry, E. Shannon Stauffer Foundation, and Department of Surgery Research Grant, 2004, 1 year.

With David Clark, M.D., Osaretin B. Idusuyi, M.D., Geza Kogler, Ph.D., Peter Filip, Ph.D., D.Sc. “Rotational stability of the intramedullary rod fixation vs. blade plate and screw fixation in tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis: a biomechanical analysis.” Funded by Industry, and the Department of Surgery Research Grant, 2004, 1 year.

Professional Affiliations & Service

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant Proposal Review Panelist, Summer 2012


Journal/Conference Review

Reviewer: Journal of Vibration and Control

Reviewer: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research – Part B Applied Biomaterials

Reviewer: Engineering Failure Analysis (Journal)

Reviewer: ASME International Mechanical Congress & Exposition

Reviewer: Design of Medical Devices Conference


American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Publicity Chair, 2013 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Stanford, CA

Publicity Chair, 2011 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Arlington, VA

Chair, Succession Subcommittee, MIIS Technical Committee, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (2012-)

Chair, MIIS Technical Committee, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (2010-2012)

Secretary, MIIS Technical Committee, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (2008-2010)

Symposium organizer on topic “Application of Modeling, Identification, and Intelligent Systems in Biomedical Systems”, at the 2007 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), November 12-15, Seattle, Washington.

Chair, ASME IMECE 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 conference sessions organized by Dynamic Systems and Control Division

Chair, ASME IMECE 2008 conference session organized by Bioengineering Division.

Publicity & Newsletter Editor for ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) (2004-07)

Newsletter Editor for ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) MIIS Technical Committee (2007-Present)


The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

Co-chair: Working group on Institutional Assessment, Accountability and Effectiveness for Middle States Commission on Higher Education Institutional Re-accreditation (2013- 15)

Co-chair, The College-wide Committee on Strategic Planning and Priorities (2014-15)

Vice-Chair, The College-wide Committee on Strategic Planning and Priorities (2013-14)

Member, The College-wide Committee on Strategic Planning and Priorities (2012-13)

Member, TCNJ Faculty Senate (2012-15)

Member, TCNJ Senate Executive Board (2013-15)

Chair, The College-wide Committee on Students and Campus Community (2011-12)

School of Engineering Academic Integrity Officer (2010-)

Facilitator, TCNJ Summer reading program (2010, 2011, 2012)