Rani Warsi Sullivan Ph.D.

sullivanRani Warsi Sullivan Ph.D.
Associate Professor

312C Walker Engineering Building
501 Hardy Road
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662.325.7289
Fax: 662-325-7730
Email: sullivan@ae.msstate.edu

2003 General Engineering, MSU, Ph.D.

1993 Engineering Mechanics, MSU, M.S.

1989 Aerospace Engineering, MSU, B.S.

Rani W. Sullivan received her PhD in 2003 from MSU and joined the Aerospace Engineering faculty in 2005.

Teaching Areas
  • Aircraft Structures
  • Solid Mechanics

Taught Courses
Undergraduate Courses
  • EM 2413 Engineering Mechanics I
  • EM 2433 Engineering Mechanics II
  • EM 3213 Mechanics of Materials
  • EM 3413 Vibrations
  • ASE 3223 Aerospace Structural Analysis
Graduate Courses
  • EM 8203 Application Elasticity
  • EM 8990 Special Topic In EM

Research Areas
  • Viscoelasticity in composites
  • Composite Structures
  • Composite Structural Testing

Funding Agencies
  • NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
  • NASA Glenn Research Center
  • NASA MS Space Grant Consortium
  • Office of Naval Research
  • National Center for Advanced Manufacturing
  • duPont Aerospace, Inc.
  • The Boeing Company
  • Seemann Composites, Inc.

Books/Chapters
  • Sullivan RW, Arnold SM. An Annotative Review of Multiscale Modeling and its Application to Scales Inherent in the Field of ICME. In S. Arnold & T. Wong (Eds.), Models, Databases, and Simulation Tools Needed for the Realization of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (2011).

Select Journal Publications
  • Sullivan RW. Using a Spectrum Function to Characterize the Creep Behavior of Composite Beams in Flexure. Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 19:39–47, 2012.
  • Simsiriwong J, Sullivan RW. Experimental Vibration Analysis of a Composite UAV Wing. Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 19:196–206, 2012.
  • Sullivan RW, Razzaghi M, Simsiriwong J. Numerical Iterative Method for Volterra Equations of the Convolution Type. Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences 2011, 34(2): 140-146. Article first published online 25 Aug 2010, DOI: 10.1002/mma1340.
  • Qatu M, Sullivan RW, Wang W. Recent research advances on the dynamic analysis of composite shells: 2000-2009.Composite Structures 2010; 93:14-31.
  • Simsiriwong J, Sullivan RW. Vibration Testing of a Carbon Composite Fuselage. Intl. Journal of Noise & Vibration 2010;6(2/3/4):149-162. DOI 10.1504/IJVNV.2010.036683.
  • Sullivan RW, Hwang Y, Rais-Rohani M, Lacy T. Structural Analysis and Testing of an Ultralight UAV Carbon Composite Wing. AIAA Journal of Aircraft 2009; 46 (3): 814-820.
  • Sullivan RW, Rais-Rohani M. Design and Application of a Beam Testing System for Experiential Learning in Mechanics of Materials. Advances in Engineering Education, 2009; 1(4).
  • Sullivan RW. Development of a Viscoelastic Continuum Damage Model for Cyclic Loading. Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials 2008; 12: 329-342.
  • Sullivan RW. On the Use of a Spectrum-Based Model for Linear Viscoelastic Materials. Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials 2006; 10(3):173-262.
  • Sullivan RW, Johnson DP. Method for Determination of Viscoelastic Parameters using the Principle of Correspondence. AIAA Journal 2002; 40 (9): 1907-1909.
  • Sullivan RW, Balasubramaniam K, Bennett G. Plate Wave Flow Patterns for Ply Orientation Imaging in Fiber Reinforced Composites. Journal of ASNT, Materials Evaluation 1996; 54 (4): 518-523.

Select Conference Proceedings
  • Nicolas MJ, Sullivan RW, Richards WL, Bakalyar JA. Structural Response of a Carbon-Composite Wing using Fiber Bragg Gratings, American Society for Composites 27th Technical Conference, Arlington, Virginia, 1-3 October 2012.
  • Simsiriwong J, Sullivan RW, Hilton HH, Drake D. Statistical Analysis of Viscoelastic Creep Compliance of Vinyl Ester Resin. Proceedings of the 53rd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, Orlando, Florida, 23-26 April 2012.
  • Simsiriwong J, Drake DA, Sullivan RW, Hilton HH. A Parametric Study of the Statistical Parameters of the Creep Compliance of a Vinyl Ester Polymer, American Society for Composites 27th Technical Conference, Arlington, Virginia, 1-3 October 2012.
  • Simsiriwong J, Drake DA, Sullivan RW, Toghiani H, Lacy T, Pittman C. Creep Characterization of Vinyl Ester Nanocomposite using Digital Image Correlation Technique. American Society for Composites 27th Technical Conference, Arlington, Virginia, 1-3 October 2012.
  • Sullivan RW. Characterization of Composite Viscoelastic Beams in Flexure Using Spectra. 16th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, State College, Pennsylvania, 27 June – 2 July 2010.
  • Sullivan RW, Arnold SM, Bednarcyk BA. An Annotative Review of the Experimental & Analytical Requirements to Bridge Scales Inherent in the Field of ICME. Materials Science & Technology 2010 Technical Conference & Exhibition, Houston, Texas, 17-21 October, 2010.
  • Simsiriwong J, Sullivan RW. Vibration Testing of a Full Scale Composite UAV. Proceedings of the 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Orlando, Florida, 12-16 April 2010.
  • Sullivan, R. W., “Using a Spectrum Function to Characterize the Creep Behavior of Composite Beams in Flexure”, 24th Annual Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites, Newark, Delaware, 15-17 September 2009.
  • Sullivan, R. W., Simsiriwong, J., “Vibration Testing of a Carbon Composite Fuselage” 23rd American Society for Composites Conference, Memphis, TN, 9-11 September 2008.
  • Sullivan, R. W., “A Viscoelastic Continuum Damage Model Applied To A Polymer Matrix Composite Under Cyclic Loading”, 4th International Conference on Advanced Engineered Wood and Hybrid Composites, Bar Harbor, Maine, 6-10 July 2008.
  • Sullivan, R.W., Rais-Rohani, M.“Design and Application of a Beam Testing System for Experiential Learning in Mechanics of Materials”, Proceedings of the 115th Annual ASEE Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, PA, June 22-25, 2008.
  • Sullivan, R. W., “Development of a Viscoelastic Continuum Damage Model for Cyclic Loading”, 6th International Conference on Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, Hall, R.B., Lu, h. and Qi, H. J., eds., Monterey, California, March 31- April 4, 2008.
  • Sullivan, R. W., Hwang, Y., Rais-Rohani, M., Lacy, T., Simsiriwong, J., “Static Response of a Composite Wing under a Whiffletree Loading”, Proceedings of the American Society for Composites 22nd Annual Technical conference, Seattle, Washington, September 17-10, 2007.
  • Sullivan, R., Rais-Rohani, M., Lacy, T., Alday, N., “Structural Testing of an Ultralight Composite UAV”, Proceedings of the 47th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Newport, Rhode Island, May 1-4, 2006.
  • Sullivan, R. W., “Determination of Viscoelastic Properties of Materials Using a Spectrum Function,” Proceedings of the 47th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Newport, Rhode Island, May 1-4, 2006.
  • Ji, Yuyin, Sullivan, R., Balasubramaniam, K., “Guided Wave Behavior Analysis in Multi-layered Inhomogeneous Anisotropic Plates”, Review of Progress in QNDE, Vol. 15, 1996, pp. 217-222.
  • Sullivan, R. W., Balasubramaniam, Bennett, G., “Evaluation of Adhesion Integrity in Graphite Epoxy Bonded Structures Using Ultrasonic Reflection Factor Analysis”, Review of Progress in QNDE, Vol. 15, 1996, pp.1299-1304.
  • Bennett, J., Balasubramaniam, K., Sullivan, R., Bennett, G., “High Performance Scanning System to Explore Ultrasonic Oblique Wave Reflection in Composite Laminates”, Review of Progress in QNDE, Vol. 14, 1995.
  • Sullivan, R., Sato, K., Bennett, G. , “A General Overview of the Fabrication and Quality Control Activities for the Honda MH-02”, AIAA/FAA 3rd Joint Symposium on General Aviation Systems, May, 1994.
  • Spectral Imaging of Ultrasonic Oblique Wave Scattering in Composite Laminates, 26th International SAMPE Technical Conference, 1994.
  • Development of Real Time Low Cost High Performance Scanning Systems for Advanced Ultrasonic Imaging, 39th International SAMPE Symposium & Exhibition, April 1994.
  • Sullivan, R., Balasubramaniam, K., Bennett, A.G., Issa, C.A., “Experimental Imaging of Fiber Orientation in Multi-Layered Graphite Epoxy Composite Struc¬tures”, Review of Progress in QNDE, Vol. 13, 1994, pp. 1313-1320.
  • Imaging of Ply Orientation in Composite Laminates Using Ultrasonic Plate Wave Flow Patterns and Backscatter Techniques, ASNT Fall Conference, 1993.
  • Rapid Prototyping of Composite Aircraft Structures, SAE Tech Series #931219, 1993.
  • Balasubramaniam, K., Issa, C., Sullivan, R.W., “Quantitative Evaluation of Adhesive Interface Layer Properties Using Ultrasonic Dispersion Techniques”, Review of Progress in Quantitative NDE, Vol. 11, 1992, pp.1229-1236.

Honors and Awards
  • National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium Awardee, Irvine, California, 2012.
  • Bagley College of Engineering Hearin Faculty Excellence Award, 2012.
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Bagley College of Engineering, MSU 2011.
  • Faculty of the Year, Department of Aerospace Engineering, MSU, 2011-2012.
  • StatePride Faculty Award, Bagley College of Engineering, MSU 2010.
  • NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship, June 2010- August 2010, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Outstanding Educational Paper (with M. Rais-Rohani), MSU Bagley College of Engineering, May, 2009.
  • Best Paper Award (with M. Rais-Rohani), Mechanics Division, American Society for Engineering Annual Conference, June, 2008.
  • Technical Co-Chair ASC 23rd Technical Conference, September 2008
  • Ottilie Schillig Special Teaching Projects, February 2007-January 2008, Mississippi State University.
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Sigma Gamma Tau

Professional Memberships
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Senior Member
  • American Society for Composites (ASC), Member
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Member
  • Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, Member
  • Order of the Engineer, Member