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Dr. Annem Narayana Reddy - Obituary

Annem Narayana Reddy, born on 5th of January, 1980, hails from a small village, Karimaddula of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. After bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from a college under Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in August, 2002, he joined Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, to pursue Master of Engineering, which he completed in June, 2005. In his master’s thesis, under the supervision of Prof. Udipi Shrinivasa, he developed a new variable-moduli 14-node finite element for elasto-plastic analysis. He then continued at IISc as a doctoral student and obtained his PhD in 2011. His doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Prof. G. K. Ananthasuresh, was on two inverse problems in linear elasticity with applications to force-sensing and mechanical characterization. Reddy, as he was called, was known for his analytical abilities and devotion to research. He was known to offer help, technically and otherwise, to not only to his fellow students but also to students of the high school near IISc. Immediately after his PhD, Reddy joined Mechanical Engineering department at the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati, as an Assistant Professor in 2012. He guided many master’s and bachelor’s students and taught courses on solid mechanics, design, and finite element analysis at IIT-Guwahati. His life came to an abrupt end on 3rd June, 2018, when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Reddy was a young researcher with a lot of promise. His doctoral thesis work led to two inverse problems that are still referred to as Reddy’s first and second inverse problems in the laboratory he worked in IISc. He had arrived at the sufficiency of the number of data sets on boundary force and displacements to uniquely estimate the interior elastic properties. This work has applications in biomechanics of cells. In his independent career, Reddy conducted research bistable compliant mechanisms, energy harvesters, electromechanical switches, etc.

In his short, well-lived life, he impressed many of his friends and colleagues with his affable personality, helping nature, and concern for society at large. His calm demeanor, warm smile, and an analytical mind behind all that are cherished by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife and daughter.