Dr. Raghu Echempati, Ph.D., P.E., ASME Fellow

Biographical Sketch



Dr. Raghu Echempati, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is a native of India.  He received his Bachelors (1970), Masters (1972) and Ph.D. (1978) all in Mechanical Engineering. His research areas included Kinematics, Dynamics and Vibrations of Machinery, Mechanical Engineering Design, Computer Aided Engineering (Solid Modeling, Assembly and Finite Element Analysis), and Metal Forming Simulation.  Dr. Echempati has numerous publications and papers to his credit.  He has supervised numerous undergraduate, graduate and research student theses.  He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Manufacturing Engineer.  In 1979, Dr. Echempati came to U.S.A. and worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on kineto-elastodynamic analysis and synthesis of lower and higher-pair planar mechanisms, a NSF funded research project at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Subsequently, he taught at I.I.T. (Delhi), The Ohio State University, Washington State University, Michigan Technological University, University of Mississippi, before joining GMI/Kettering University in 1997.


Dr. Echempati has extensive experience in the areas of Mechanical Engineering Design, Dynamics and Vibrations of high-speed cam and follower systems and mechanisms.  He was Co-Principal Investigator in the development of a mathematical model (and validation) to predict longitudinal coupler forces in the drawbar couplings of freight trains for the Indian Railways.  This project involved the development of a computer program using the transfer matrix method.  Dr. Echempati was also a Co-Principal Investigator in another continuation project with Indian Railways in which a nonlinear, quasi-static model was developed to predict drawbar forces. 


Dr. Echempati has been teaching Statics, Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, Machine Design, Computer Aided Engineering, Vibrations, Design of Mechanical Assemblies, Kinematics, Selection and Design of Machine Tools, Concurrent Engineering, and Finite Element Analysis.  He also developed two mezzanine level courses – Metal Forming Simulation (using UG or I-DEAS/DYNAFOR/LS-DYNA) and Analysis and Design of Machines and Mechanical Systems (using I-DEAS/ADAMS). Dr. Echempati’s current applied research is in the area of “Design Simulation and Metal Forming” and “Analysis and Design of Mechanical Assemblies”.


Dr. Echempati is involved in several applied research and consulting projects, including a research study under the “Bosch-Kettering” professorship.  This research is concerned with a study of airbag related fatal injuries with a recommendation to incorporate a “black box” in cars that can capture vital pre-crash data.  He also worked at General Motors as a Faculty Intern in the Die Design and Forming Analysis division to understand math-modeling for metal forming simulation. He later received the GM-PCE Foundation grant to develop courseware in the metal forming area. In July 2007, Dr. Echempati worked as a GEMA Professor at Chrysler’s Engine Assembly plant in the EMP Devices area. Dr. Echempati delivered several invited lectures and conducted workshops on CAE in Australia, Brazil, India and S. Korea. He has been a co-organizer of Body Design and Engineering session at the SAE World Conferences held in Detroit.


Dr. Echempati is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).  He was named an ASME Fellow, which is the highest recognition that can be attained by any ASME member. He has also received the McFarland award from SAE for his sustained contributions to SAE.


Dr. Echempati is the program coordinator for several Mechanical Engineering study abroad programs. These include the programs in Germany at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Esslingen, Konstanz, Munich, Reutlingen, Ulm, and Wiesbaden, and in Australia at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. The primary purpose is to organize and to advise the ME students wishing to do study abroad programs at one of these universities and when possible to teach classes while the students are in exchange program. He was the first faculty recipient of Oswald award for his outstanding contributions for developing policies and study abroad programs.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Study Abroad Programs