arnabocean

— by Arnab Gupta

About

I am an engineer and scientist, having recently completed my Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. I previously have a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

My dissertation research was focused on damage development and failure prediction in laminated composite materials. To know a little bit more about my area of research, see this series on health-monitoring that I’m writing. (It’s not much yet, but there’ll be more.) I am also a proficient computer programmer and am interested in developing software tools for novel engineering applications.

I have previously worked as Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Advanced Automotive Research (CAAR) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

Outside of work, I am a photographer and blogger — although the extent of activity ebbs and flows periodically. I take an interest in engineering, technology and the sciences in general, political and economic causes and effects, and most things that can possibly have a ‘why’ attached to them.

I come from India, and my mother tongue is Bangla. My name ‘Arnab’ best translates to ‘Ocean’ in English— which explains my domain name here and usernames elsewhere. You were wondering, weren’t you. 😃

Contact

Email

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Web Development

This website began as much as a side project, to learn and implement the latest web standards, as to actually build and maintain my own website. The first iteration involved my hand-coding everything, using only the latest HTML5 and CSS3 specifications, excluding Javascript almost completely (to make the website faster but also because I didn’t know any Javascript), and using Remy Sharp’s script to make darned Internet Explorer understand modern HTML5.

That situation has now changed dramatically. I’m way more comfortable now with HTML and CSS, and want to incorporate Javascript even though I still don’t know much about it. Instead of hand-coding I’ve recently rebuilt the website using the static website generator Octopress.

I think Octopress is brilliant. There are negatives to the situation — such as having to always be in front of my computer to be able to post anything to the website, but web design-wise, this solution beats hand-coding, well— hands down.

Resources

All the fonts I’m using are from Google Web Fonts. In particular:

If you must use your own font files, Dafont.com is an excellent source of free, well-designed fonts. More regarding fonts, Paul Irish’s bulletproof @font-face syntax and the excellent FontSquirrel.com are quite indispensable if you plan on implementing custom fonts on your own. (I did previously, but not anymore.)

Among others, some excellent resources for tutorials and troubleshooting related to web development and design are NetTuts+ and Stack Overflow.

This website should render well on most modern standards-compliant browsers, including Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera. To test your browser against HTML5 standards, visit html5test.com. If your browser isn’t updated, please do update it, and browse happy!