Pingsha Dong, Ph.D.

Northrop Grumman Endowed Chair in Shipbuilding and Engineering
Director, Center for Advanced Marine Structures and Fabrication (CAMSF)

ContactPingsha Dong

Office: EN 910A
Phone: 504-280-7158 or 504-654-5542


Education: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
MSE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
MSE, Welding Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
BSE, Welding Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Research Interests: Computational modeling of welded structures; Welding/joining process simulation; Residual stress and distortion mitigation techniques; Fatigue and fracture methodologies for welded structures; Fitness-for-service assessment procedures; Advanced structural design and analysis methodologies for marine structures

Current Research

  • Residual stress estimate techniques for fitness for service assessment
  • Fatigue and fracture models incorporating residual stresses
  • Mesh-insensitive structural stress method for fatigue evaluation of welded structures
  • Structural integrity evaluation of mooring components
  • Distortion control methodologies for lightweight shipboard structures
  • Assessment of post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) including local PWHT for residual stress relief and alternative stress improvement techniques
  • Fatigue behavior of structural composite joints, etc.

Publications, Awards and Recognitions

Dr. Dong has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed archive journals and conference proceedings and over ten Keynote lectures at major international conferences. He has received numerous prestigious awards and recognitions, including:

  • IIW 2008 E. Paton Prize
  • SNAME’s 2007 Elmer L. Hann Award
  • R&D Magazine’s 2006 R&D 100 Award
  • TIME Magazine’s 2005 Math Innovator
  • Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine’s Aerospace Laurels 2004 Award
  • AWS 2004 R. D. Thomas Memorial Award (2004)
  • SAE International Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering, 2003
  • ASME G.E.O Widera Literature Award (2002)
  • AWS 1998 Rene Wasserman Award, 1998
Dr. Dong also serves as:
  • Editorial Board Member, Int. J. of Science and Technology of Welding and Joining (2002-Present)
  • Associate Editor, ASME Transaction Journal of OMAE (2003-Present)
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Pressure Vessel and Piping (2006-Present)

Courses Currently Teaching

  • NAME 6098: Finite element procedures for marine structures