After his PhD from Cambridge University, Partha Mandal went on to join the University of Manchester (then UMIST), first as a research associate on an EPSRC sponsored project, and within eight months as a lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.
His research on the buckling of shell structures provided a new explanation for the well-known paradoxical behaviour of cylindrical shells under axial compressions, and he has published widely on this. He has also acted as a reviewer for various academic journals such as the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing.
His current research areas include Bio-engineering, Mechanics of Woven Composites, and Structural Mechanics. These involve both analytical and experimental methods. He leads the Bio-engineering research theme at the School.
He has completed supervision of 16 PhD students so far, and currently supervising 12 PhD Students.
His current administrative and professional roles include
Undergraduate Civil Engineering Programme Director (from Jul'13)
Bio-Engineering Theme Leader (from Oct'12)
Co-Director Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) (from Jan'14)
Academic Advisor, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (Jan'14-Dec'16)