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SRIKANTH AVALA

avala@buffalo.edu
www.srikanthavala.homestead.com
716-430-5336
TO FIND A CAREER THAT IS BOTH INTELLECTUALLY CHALLENGING AND REWARDING
EDUCATION
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Masters in Mechanical Engineering May 2010
Current GPA: 3.5/4
Graduate Coursework Numerical Methods in Design Optimization, CAD Applications,
Finite Element Analysis, Smart Materials, Tribology, Engineering Management, Co
mposites
Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India
Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical 2004-08
GPA: 7.6/10
First Class with Distinction
WORK EXPERIENCE
University At buffalo Buffalo, NY
* Graduate Teaching Assistant
* Manufacturing processes, Manufacturing Automation courses - conduct weekly tes
ts, correct papers, help students with doubts, etc
South Central Indian Railways Lallaguda, Hyderabad, India May - Aug 2006
InPlant Trainee
Part of the Rear Axle Design and Maintenance overhauling Team
Project to streamline the overhauling procedures with the introduction of intra
net facilities
Same-Deutz Fahr Vellore, India Nov - Dec 2006
InPlant Trainee
To optimize the manufacturing and assembly lines
To use DFA and come up with varied methods
Learnt the various parts that go into a Tractor
Saadhana (2007 & 08) Vellore, India
National Level Technical Symposium
Event Management Coordinator
Took responsibilities as the designing committee coordinator for the National l
evel Symposiums Saadhana 07 and Riviera 07 & 08
TECHNICAL SKILLS
Operating Systems :
Windows XP,Vista,7
Mac OS
Linux Ubuntu, Redhat
CAD Programs :
SolidWorks 2003+
AutoCAD Inventor 2010
ProE Wildfire 3.0+
Simulation and Analysis :
Ansys, Pro-M, Abacus , Cosmos (Structural)
Other Software and languages :
C++, HTML
Matlab, Maple ,Minitab, MS Office
Certified Solidworks Professional (CSWP) Certificate ID: C-NXV4FRC3YK
Certified Solidworks Associate (CSWA) Certificate ID: C-4SCNFPTLQM
Certified AutoCAD training at Autodesk Authorized Training center, India.
Finite Element Analysis using ANSYS at Central Institute of Tool Design, India

HONORS AND AWARDS


CAD Competition Winner: December 2006 and December 2007 , University Competitio
n Winner (First and Second Place)
Tech Lead for the First Indian SAE Mini-Baja team to compete in dynamic events
in the USA
State Award for Mini Baja Team in form of financial support of INR 500,000.
4th in design and overall 19th position in SAE Mini Baja South African Event 20
07 for team Vibhum.
Top 1% in the Merit List of National Mathematics Olympiad (NMO) , India.
PROJECTS
TRIBOLOGY
Cup on Disk Sliding Contact Wear characteristics
Masters Defense Project Tribology
Experiment to validate Archards theory of wear.
Developing a new wear theory to better explain wear between sliding contacts of
similar materials.
Simulate the wear model using FEA techniques
Ongoing
MANUFACTURING
SAE Mini-Baja 2007 and 2008
UnderGrad Design Project-vehicle Design and Fabrication
Tech leader of 2 teams representing VIT (USA chapter and the South African even
t)
Power transmission, steering, suspension system design and fabrication for both
the teams.
Team driver for both the teams.
DESIGN
Design and Optimization of a simply supported beam
Design Optimization course project
Used optimization techniques to design and fabricate a simple supported beam us
ing Matlab, Maple and SolidWorks
Continuously variable transmission (CVT) design
UnderGrad Design Project
Came up with a new design for a continuous power transmission system.
Design to eliminate differential requirement by auto-adjusting torque.
Application for a patent with provisional specification filed in 2007.
Design of Centrifugal Pump Impeller and Vortex
Turbo Machines Course Project
Designed a Centrifugal Pump impeller and vortex using SolidWorks and Fluent wit
h given specifications.
ANALYSIS
Thermal Analysis and shape Optimization using Pro-M
CAD Applications Course Project
Performed steady state thermal analysis, transient analysis and thermal stress
analysis for different models in different loading and boundary conditions.
Shape optimization using the analysis results.
Thermo Mechanical analysis of a CNC lathe machine.
Under Grad Defense Project
Simulate the working of a CNC lathe machine.(turret lathe)
Coupled Field (Thermal and mechanical) analysis of the simulated model.
To identify the dimensional tolerances involved with thermal behavior of the ma
chine components.