(1) I am currently only accepting hourly projects at the rate of at least 45 USD/hr, preferably those with a potential to turn into a long-term association.
(2) I prefer to work with industry professionals over academic researchers, since the former category of clients tend to have well-defined deliverables and reasonable time-frames. However, if an academic problem is sufficiently novel and interesting, I could be persuaded (not only to join, but at a lower rate too)!
(3) TLDR; If you're offering an hourly project, please don't ask how many hours will be needed to complete the job. Why? Read on...
Although it is sometimes possible to approximately predict the number of hours required to finish a job before an offer is made, this is always at best an informed guess, and I - like most freelancers who've been in the game long enough - always try to err on the conservative side. So my advise is simple - Trust the freelancer to know what she's doing, and IF you have reasons to suspect their competence and/or sincerity, feel free to terminate the project at any time.
In reciprocating this trust, I promise to refund the entirety of the first week's earnings if you choose to terminate the project anytime in the first week on the grounds of incompetence, no questions asked - although thankfully it has never come to that for me so far.
(4) For scientific computing, I exclusively use Matlab (or GNU Octave, if open source is a project requirement). For Finite Element Analysis, I mostly either write codes from scratch in Matlab (for special purpose finite elements), or (somewhat reluctantly) use Ansys. I *do not* code in C, C++, Python, Scilab etc. I *do not* use Abaqus, NASTRAN etc.
(5) I have had very little experience working with a team - my favorite work-setting is me left alone to work tirelessly on a well-defined problem until the desired output is achieved.
** ABOUT ME:
PhD in Aerospace Engineering (2018), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Author of five research papers in international refereed journals (AIAA Journal, Composite Structures, Applied Mathematical Modeling, International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics). No. of citations: 160. H-index: 4. I-10 index: 4.
Fluent in English: Scored above 99.9 percentile in the verbal ability sections of both CAT and XAT (national level aptitude tests for post-graduate diploma in business management in India).
** CURRENT SKILL-SETS:
I routinely solve nonlinear, coupled partial differential equations that arise in various fields of physics. I have worked on diverse fields of applied mathematics including:
- Design of a 66m diameter geodesic dome
- Aerodynamics / Fluid-structure interaction
- Finite Element Models with material / geometric nonlinearities
- Vehicular traffic optimization
- Design of turbine shrouds
- Rogue wave mechanics (discrete nonlinear Schrodinger equation)
- Colorimetry / color science / printer characterization
- Design of ultra-efficient spinning toy top
- Rotation kinematics
- Inverse Kinematics (using Screw Theory)
- Time-series forecasting (ARIMA, SARIMA Models)
- Numerical optimization using classical gradient-based methods
- Numerical optimization with genetic algorithm / particle swarms / pattern search
- Elasto-plastic analysis models for metals
- Reliability Engineering
** PAST RESEARCH AREAS AND EXPERTISE:
Nonlinear Finite Element Method (NFEA),
flexible multi-body dynamics,
nonlinear dynamical systems,
fluid-structure interaction / aeroelasticity,
design and analysis of composite structures,
numerical (discretized) solution of partial differential equations,
numerical time-integration methods,
geometrically exact beam/shell theories,
FEM Software proficiency: ANSYS Mechanical APDL / Workbench
Scientific Computing: Matlab, GNU Octave
** PAST WORK EXPERIENCE (ANOTHER LIFETIME):
- Research Associate, IISc-ISRO Center of Excellence in Advanced Mechanics of Materials, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
- Project Associate, National Program on Micro-Aerial Vehicles (NP-MicAV) at NMCAD Lab, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
- Project Officer, Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) funded project on velocity-independent friction models, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.