Professor, open courseware advocate, socioeconomic diversity champion, one-pony pedagogy assailant, UDL believer, replicating education-research studies supporter.
AUTAR KAW is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of South Florida. He is a recipient of the 2012 U.S Professor of the Year award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching. The award is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate education.
Professor Kaw believes that the most important function of a university including research universities will continue to be on the learning side. As much as we need more qualified college graduates, we also need highly talented graduates to invent the next big thing – it could be an economic renewable energy resource or a cure for the chronic diseases of the mind and body. If we want to truly create opportunities for our future generations, we have to first address the socioeconomic divide in our country. To address it for higher education while even maintaining the current meritocracy which favors the wealthy, we as a society should fully sponsor the education of the top academic standing quartile who belong to the lowest income quartile families. After all, 17% of the brightest high school graduates in our nation do belong in that category.
Professor Kaw received his B.E. 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. He joined the University of South Florida in 1987.
Professor Kaw’s main scholarly interests are in engineering education research, adaptive learning, open courseware development, bascule bridge design, fracture mechanics, composite materials, and the state and future of higher education.
Professor Kaw’s research has been funded by National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Florida Department of Transportation, Research and Development Laboratories, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and Montgomery Tank Lines.
Funded by National Science Foundation (2002-18), under Professor Kaw’s leadership, he and his colleagues from around the nation have developed, implemented, refined and assessed online resources for an open courseware in Numerical Methods. This courseware annually receives 1,000,000+ page views, 1,800,000+ views of the YouTube lectures and 100,000+ annual visitors to the Numerical Methods Guy blog.
Professor Kaw’s work has been covered/cited/quoted in many media outlets including Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, U.S. Congressional Record, Florida Senate Resolution, ASEE Prism, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune, WUSF, BayNews9, Fox13, WLRN, and Voice of America.
Received 2021 USF Outstanding Research Achievements Award
Presented a gallery walk paper on comparing online flipped classroom with and without adaptive learning. Clark, A. Kaw, A. Yalcin, “Did Online Flipped Learning Improve Through Pre-class Adaptive Lessons?”, CIRCLS’21 Convening, September 14-15, 2021.
Attended the IUSE conference, “AAAS-IUSE SUMMER LABS Catalyzing inclusive, transformative undergraduate STEM education”, June 2021, June 3 – June 29, 2021. Presented the simulations for Numerical Methods during project office hours.
Became certified to teach online through USF OIC which is a fully online four-week certification preparing USF instructors to teach online.
Representing the College of Engineering in USF Faculty Champions to Force to facilitate Faculty Professional Development for Instruction and Learning Excellence
Presented a paper on the effect of using cumulative and practice tests on improving blended classrooms. The video presentation is here.
March 24, 2020
Webinar on Research on Flipped Classrooms in Higher Education for the Florida Distance Learning Research Consortium. The video presentation is here.
JANUARY 7, 2020
Keynote speaker at 2020 ISFT Conference. The topic was “A Framework for Including Multiple Pedagogies for STEM Education”
Published a paper on Adaptive Learning in Blended Classrooms. Adaptive Learning in a Numerical Methods Course for Engineers: Evaluation in Blended and Flipped Classrooms,” Computer Applications in Engineering Education, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 62-79, 2020, doi: 10.1002/cae.22175
Published a paper in Composites: Part A on “Transverse shear modulus of unidirectional composites with voids estimated by the multiple-cells model” Link to Full Text
June 25, 2017
Presented a final paper of our Flipped Grant – “Blended vs. Flipped Teaching: One Course – Three Engineering Schools”, at the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition in Columbus, OH Link to Full Text
March 10-11, 2017
Participated in a TPSE Chairs+1 meeting at University of Maryland College Park campus and led an invited workshop on How to Increase Cognitive and Affective Gains in Student Performance (Link to Slides)
March 2-5, 2017
Led a workshop on flipped classrooms, attended a workshop on Active Learning, and chaired a session on professional practice at the ASEE Zone 2 Conference, San Juan, PR.
January 5-7, 2017
Gave a TED style talk on Genesis of an Open Courseware followed by a panel discussion on Yearn to Earn and Learn at BITSAA Global Meet 2017 in Dubai, UAE.
Co-authored an article on Comparing the Effectiveness of Blended, Semi-Flipped, and Flipped Formats in an Engineering Numerical Methods Course in ASEE Advances in Engineering Education Fall 2016 | Volume 5 | Issue 3. Link to Full Text
December 1, 2016
Co-guest edited a special issue of ASEE Advances in Engineering Education on Flipped Classrooms in STEM. Link to Full Text
October 1, 2016
Received a two-year grant from NSF with Co-PI Mary Besterfield-Sacre of the University of Pittsburgh on improving flipped classroom via adaptive learning. Link to Award Summary.
Speaker/Panelist on “Limits of Online Learning” in National Academy of Engineers (NAE) sponsored Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium Link to Participants
September 30, 2013
Fox News Channel 13 profiled use of clickers in class
September 25, 2013
Autar Kaw gives a keynote speech and serves as a panelist on innovations in education at the 2013 WEEF conference in Cartagena, Colombia.
September 4, 2013
Autar Kaw leads with co-investigators from the Arizona State University, the Alabama A&M University, and the University of Pittsburgh to study flipped STEM courses at college level via NSF grant. Link to Announcement
Presented a paper “A Holistic View on History, Development, Assessment, And Future of an Open Courseware in Numerical Methods” at the 2012 ASEE Conference in San Antonio, TX. The paper was presented in the “Best of Computers in Education” session. The paper was also published by the ASEE Computers in Education Journal.
February 23, 2012
Gave an invited seminar to the College of Engineering at the University of Miami on the Numerical Methods Open Courseware.