Bodhinanda Chandra

Bodhinanda (Nanda) Chandra
Ph.D. Candidate
Office: 415 Davis Hall
Email: bchandra ‘at’ berkeley ‘dot’ edu


Nanda is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, working with Prof. Kenichi Soga on computational geomechanics research. Before coming to Berkeley, he obtained his B.Eng in Civil Engineering from Kyushu University in Japan and M.Sc in Computational Mechanics from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. His research interests are mainly related to the multi-phase, multi-physics, and multi-scale nature of hydrological and geomechanical hazards, including their modeling and numerical simulation using High-Performance Computing. He has been previously involved in research projects at different institutes and in various countries, including Japan, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Nanda was an active developer of the Kratos-Multiphysics, an open-source software initiated by the International Center of Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE). He was also a part of the Oskar-von-Miller Forum initiative and the Bavarian Graduate School of Computational Engineering during his time in Germany. Nanda has received numerous academic and scholarship awards, including the SOFiSTiK Prize 2019, which was awarded for his master’s thesis with reference to numerical methods. In his free time, Nanda enjoys traveling, hiking, and photography. He has visited more than 20 countries throughout Europe, Asia, and now America.


Research interests:
  1. Coupled Problems: fluid-soil-structure interaction, contact and interface mechanics, thermo-mechanical coupling, computational poromechanics
  2. Natural Hazards Modeling: simulation of hydrological and geomechanical hazards
  3. Particle Methods: material point method (MPM), smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH), discrete element method (DEM), coupling particle methods with finite element method (FEM)
  4. High-Performance Computing: parallel and scalable solvers, multi-scale problems