Bhavani Sankar acts as a the Newton C. Ebaugh Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida, USA. He received his BSME degree with honors from the Madurai Kamaraj University, India, and his MSME degree from the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore. He received his Ph.D. degree in the field of aeronautics and astronautics in 1984 from the Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. His area of research includes mechanics of composite materials and structures, in particular, fracture and damage. Sankar has published more than 250 articles in archival journals and conference proceedings. In addition to his research accomplishments, Sankar has received the Bisplinghoff Memorial Award for best teaching three times during his career at Florida. He received the Teaching Incentive Program Award twice, in 1994 and 1998. He is the coauthor of an undergraduate level textbook on finite element methods entitled Finite Element Analysis and Design published by Wiley & Sons. He acts as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow and Founding member of the American Society for Composites, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His other awards and recognitions include W.J. Emmons Award, 1999; College of Engineering Doctoral dissertation mentoring Award, American Society for Composites ASC/Destech Publications Award for sustained contributions to composite materials technology.
Biography Updated on 15 October 2012