Dr. Satchi Venkataraman

Dr. Satchi Venkataraman


Academic Affairs
College of Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering

San Diego

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Venkataraman, Professor of Aerospace Engineering is an expert in the Analysis and Design of Aerospace Structures, Structural Optimization, Uncertainty Quantification, and Risk Assessment. His current research investigates models for failure prediction in aerospace composite structures, techniques for design optimization; design approaches for damage tolerance and predictable failure, use of surrogate models for multi-level optimization, reliability based design optimization, and quantification of variability and model uncertainty in complex multi-scale problems. His research is funded by NASA, Air Force, Navy, and Northrop Grumman.

Dr. Venkataraman teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses in solid mechanics, aerospace structural analysis and optimization. Courses taught in recent years include Statics, Aerospace Structural Analysis, Structural Vibration Analysis, Finite Element Structural Analysis, Mechanics of Composite Materials, Theory of Elasticity, Structural Optimization, & Theory of Elastic Stability. He has mentored several doctoral, masters and undergraduate students.

Awards & Honors

  • Homer Peabody Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Teaching, SDSU Bridges Program, 2014.
  • Most Influential Faculty Award, Department of Aerospace Engineering, San Diego State University, 2014, 2011, and 2006.
  • Associate Fellow, American Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2011.
  • Northrop-Grumman Outstanding Teacher Award, San Diego State University, 2011.
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Aerospace Education, AIAA San Diego Section Award, 2009.
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, U.S. Air Force Air Vehicles Directorate Summer Faculty Program, 2008.
  • Outstanding International Student Academic Achievement Award, College of Engineering, University of Florida, April 1997


  • University of Florida, 1999, Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics
  • Clemson University, 1993, M.S., Mechanical Engineering
  • Anna University, Madras, India, 1991, B.E., Mechanical Engineering


  • Structural Mechanics
  • Design Optimization
  • Composite Materials
  • Biomechanics


  • Bilge, Kaan, et al. "Global and local nanofibrous interlayer toughened composites for higher in-plane strength." Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 58 (2014): 73-76.
  • Marhadi, K. S., Venkataraman, S., and Pai, S.S., Quantifying uncertainty in statistical distribution of small sample data using Bayesian inference of unbounded Johnson distribution. International Journal of Reliability and Safety , Vol. 6, No. 4,pp 311-337, 2012.
  • Marhadi, K.S., Venkataraman, S., and Wong, S., Load redistribution mechanism in damage tolerant and redundant truss structure. Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 44, Iss. 2, pp 213- 233, 2011.
  • Marhadi K. S., and Venkataraman, S., Comparison of Quantitative and Qualitative Information Provided by Different Structural Load Path Definitions. International Journal for Simulation and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Vol. 3, pp.384-400, 2009.
  • Marhadi, K. and Venkataraman, S., Surrogate Measures to Optimize Structures for Robust and Predictable Progressive Failure, Structural & Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp. 245-261, 2009.
  • Salas, P.A., Benson, D. J., Venkataraman, S., and Loikkanen, M., Numerical Implementation of Polymer Viscoplastic Equations for High Strain-Rate Composite Models, J. Aerosp. Engrg. 22(3), pp. 304-309, 2009.
  • Salas, P., and Venkataraman, S., “Optimization of Laminates for Predictable Failure in the Presence Model Parameter Uncertainties and Variability,” Structural &Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 37, No 6, 2009, p 541-555.
  • Salas, P. and Venkataraman, S., Controlling failure using structural fuses for predictable progressive failure of composite laminates,” Structural &Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 34, No 6, 2007, p 473-489.
  • Venkataraman, S., and Salas, P., Optimization of Composite Laminates for Robust and Predictable Progressive Failure Response,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 45, No. 5, 2007, p 1113-1125.
  • Venkataraman S., “Reliability optimization using probabilistic sufficiency factor and correction response surface,” Engineering Optimization, Vol. 38, No. 6, 2006, pp. 671-685.
  • Venkataraman S. and Haftka R. T., “Structural Optimization: What has Moore’s Law Done for Us?” Structural & Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp 375-387, 2004.
  • Zhu, H., Sankar, B. V., Haftka, R. T., Venkataraman, S., Blosser, M. L., “Optimization of Functionally Graded Metallic Foam Insulation under Transient Heat Transfer Conditions,” Structural & Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 28, No. 5, November, pp 349-355, 2004.
  • Venkataraman, S., Zhu, H., Haftka, R. T., Sankar, B. V. and Blosser, M., “Optimum Design of a Functionally Graded Metallic Foam Thermal Insulation,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 42, No. 11, pp 2355-2363, 2004.
  • Zhu, H., Sankar, B. V., Haftka, R. T., Venkataraman, S., and Blosser, M., Minimum Mass Design of Insulation Made of Functionally Graded Material,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2004, pp. 467-469
  • Venkataraman, S., and Sankar, B.V., “Analysis of Sandwich Beams with a Functionally Graded Core,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 41, No. 12, 2003, pp. 2501-2505.
  • Qu, X., Venkataraman, S., Haftka, R. T. and Johnson, T. F., “Reliability, Weight, and Cost Tradeoffs in the Design of Composite Laminates for Cryogenic Environments,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 41, No. 10, 2003, pp. 2029-2036.
  • Huang J., Venkataraman S., Haftka R.T. and Rapoff A.J., “Optimization of Axisymmetric Distribution of Elastic Modulus Around a Hole for Increased Strength,” Structural & Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 26, pp 1-12, 2003.
  • Rapoff, A. J., Johnson, W. and Venkataraman, “Transverse Plane Shear Test Fixture for Total Knee Systems,” Experimental Techniques. Vol. 27, Iss. 3, pp. 37-39, 2003.
  • Venkataraman, S., Lamberti, L., Haftka, R. T., and Johnson, T. F., “Challenges in comparing numerical solutions for optimum weights of stiffened shells,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 40 (2), pp. 183- 192, 2003.
  • Venkataraman, S., Haftka, R.T., and Rapoff, A.J.," Structural Optimization Using Biological Variables to Understand How Bones Design Holes,” Structural & Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 25, pp. 19-34, 2003.
  • Lamberti, L., Venkataraman, S., Haftka, R. T., and Johnson, T. F., “Preliminary Design Optimization of Stiffened Panels Using Approximate Analysis Models,” International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 57, pp. 1351-1380, 2003.
  • Venkataraman, Haftka, R. T., and Johnson, T. F., “Maximal Errors due to Use of Equivalent Properties for Sublaminates,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp 296-302, 2001.