Dr. Tanmaya Mishra works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Twente with the Surface Technology and Tribology Lab. He was recently granted the DeepNL, NWO research grant for Tenure track call for his project "μFAULT - scaling friction from micro-contacts to faults at the reservoir scale" for research on friction in earthquakes.
His research background is in tribology with projects on multiscale friction and wear modelling, coatings, metal forming and earthquakes with efforts towards developing the research line on 'Geotribology'. In the field of 'geotribology', he aims to study and develop friction and wear models for tribological applications in geomaterials like rocks and soil. In the context of interfaces, he focusses on stick-slip (transitional) interfaces with applications in geophysics (earthquakes), ropes, lithography, drilling and geotechnics. He also enjoys teaching Bachelors' ME Tribology courses in University of Twente and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Prior to this he worked as a post doctoral researcher in the Experimental Rock Deformation Group at Utrecht University. He completed his PhD in December 2019 at the University of Twente, with his thesis on "Modelling of ploughing by an elliptical asperity through a zinc coated steel sheet - with application to modelling friction in deep-drawing."
He completed his Masters in Erasmus Mundus program on Tribology, TRIBOS across University of Leeds, University of Ljubljana and Lulea University of Technology in 2015. He started his career as a Mechanical Engineer working on heavy vehicles transmission for TATA Motors after graduating as a Mechanical Engineer from NIT Rourkela, India in 2011.