Pillay, Selvum, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Business Engineering Complex
BEC 358F
1150 10th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL
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(205) 996-5797
(205) 934-8485

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ACADEMIC BACKGROUND PhD, Materials Engineering, UAB, 2005 MS, Mechanical Engineering, FAMu-FSU COE, 1999 BS, Mechanical Engineering, Durban University of Technology, 1988 TEACHING MSE 350 – Introduction to Materials

MSE 281 – Physical Materials I

MSE 401/501 - Materials Processing

MSE 614/714 - Process Quality Engineering RESEARCH Affordable manufacturing of thermoplastic and thermoset composites, Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing, Natural materials and processing, Advanced Materials Development, Product Design, Nanocomposites, Low Velocity, High Strain Rate & Ballistic Characterization of Advanced Materials, Material modeling, Advanced Manufacturing Technology RECENT PUBLICATIONS (2008-2010) K. Balaji Thattaiparthasarathy, S. Pillay, H. Ning, U.K. Vaidya., Process simulation, design and manufacturing of a long fiber thermoplastic composite for mass transit application , Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Volume 39, Issue 9, September 2008, Pages 1512-1521.

K. Balaji Thattaiparthasarathy, S. Pillay, U.K. Vaidya., Rheological characterization of long fiber thermoplastics., Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Volume 40, Issue 10, October 2009, Pages 1515-1523.

Haibin Ning, Selvum Pillay, Uday K. Vaidya., Design and development of thermoplastic composite roof door for mass transit bus, Materials & Design, Volume 30, Issue 4, April 2009, Pages 983-991.

S. Sen, E. Schofield, J. S. O’Dell, L. Deka, and S. Pillay,, The Development of a Multifunctional Composite Material for Use in Human Space Exploration Beyond Low-Earth Orbit., JOM, vol 61, 1, Jan 2009, Pages 21 – 31

Pillay Selvum, Uday K. Vaidya and Gregg M. Janowski, Effects of moisture and UV exposure on liquid molded carbon fabric nylon 6 composite laminates, Composites Science and Technology, vol 69, n 6, p 839 – 846, May 2009.

S. Sen, S. Carranza, and S. Pillay, Multifunctional Martian Habitat Composite Material Synthesized from In-Situ Resources, Advances in Space Research, in press RESEARCH FUNDING (2008-2010) Nanomaterials for Blast Protection, AFRL, PI

EMI Shielding studies on Sandwich Composites, Spaceage Synthetics, PI

Thermoplastic Composites with Tape Forms, Ticona Inc., PI

Microballoon Thermoplastics Processing, Trelleborg Cummins Emerson, PI

Alabama Center for Nanostructured Materials, NSF/Tuskegee, Co-PI

Materials Processing and Application Development (MPAD), Army Research Laboratory, Co-PI

Materials Applications Research Center (MARC), AMRDEC, Co-PI

Thermoplastic Composite Microballoon Composites, NSF/SBIR, Co-PI

Protective Composite Armor, Army/MMI-ES, Co-PI

Coloring of Long Fiber Thermoplastics, NSF STTR Phase II - Shepherd Color Company, Co-PI

GATE Center for Lightweight Materials for Automotive, DOE, Co-PI

Thermoplastic Composites: Progressive Forming & Deflective Helmet, Army Research Laboratory, Co-PI

Nanostructured Sandwich Composites, Office of Naval Research/Univ. of Puerto Rico, Co-PI

Blast Resistance of Sandwich Panels, Office of Naval Research/Univ. of Mississippi, Co-PI


Carbon/epoxy panels and Hydrodynamic Testing, Blazetech Corp., Co-PI SERVICE (current) Professional Service Involvement with EWB, SPE, and other student societies Member of SAMPE, SPE, ACMA Community Service Education and training in STEM areas to high schools, with an emphasis in underrepresented group Assist in cancer awareness activities