Autar Kaw is a Professor of Mechanical
Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa.
Professor Kaw obtained his B.E. (Hons.) degree in Mechanical
Engineering from Birla Institute
Technology and Science, India in 1981. He received his
Ph.D. degree in 1987 and M.S. degree in 1984, both in
Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University, SC. He
joined the faculty of University of
South Florida, Tampa in 1987. He has also been a
Maintenance Engineer (1982) for Ford-Escorts Tractors, India,
and a Summer Faculty Fellow (1992) and Visiting Scientist (1991)
at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Professor Kaw’s main
scholarly interests are in engineering education research, bridge design,
thermal stresses, engineering software, computational nanomechanics, and
fracture. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation,
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Florida Department of
Transportation, Research and Development Laboratories, Systran Co, Wright
Patterson Air Force Base, and Montgomery Tank Lines.
He is a Fellow of the
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a member of the American
Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He has written more than
forty journal papers and developed several software instructional programs
for courses such as Mechanics of Composites and Numerical Methods.
He has authored textbooks on
Composite Materials, and
Matrix Algebra, and co-authored a book on
Methods with Applications. He is also a contributor to the
MaterialsnetBase, an online library of material science texts, references,
Professor Kaw received the
Florida Professor of the Year Award from the Council for Advancement and
Support of Education (CASE) and Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of
Teaching (CFAT) in 2004, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Curriculum Innovation Award in 2004, Archie Higdon Mechanics Educator Award
from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2003, State of
Florida Teaching Incentive Program Award in 1994 and 1997, American Society
of Engineering Education (ASEE) New Mechanics Educator Award in 1992, and
the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Ralph Teetor Award in 1991.