Autar Kaw is a professor of mechanical engineering and Jerome Krivanek Distinguished
Teacher at the University of South Florida. His main scholarly interests are in
engineering education, bridge design, composite materials, and the state and future
of higher education.
Autar has written several books on subjects such as composite materials, numerical
methods, computer programming and engineering licensure examination.
Since 2002, under his leadership, he and his colleagues from all over the nation have
developed, implemented, refined and assessed online resources for open courseware
in Numerical Methods (http://nm.mathforcollege.com). With more than a million page
views per year, this courseware is becoming increasingly popular. This is in addition
to the half-a-million annual views of the YouTube lectures and 75,000 annual visitors
to the "numerical methods guy" blog.
Autar's work has appeared in the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune, Chance,
Oracle, and his work has been covered in Campus Technology, Florida Trend
Magazine, ASEE Prism, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune, Times of India, and Indian
Autar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a
member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He received his BE
Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and
Science (BITS), India in 1981, and his degrees of Ph.D. in 1987 and M.S. in 1984, both
in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University, SC.