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
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.
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.
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.
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