Satya N. Atluri

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Satya N. Atluri

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Presidential Chair & University Distinguished Professor

Mailing Address:
Texas Tech University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Box 41021
Lubbock, TX 79409−1021

Teaching, Scholarship, Research, & Public Service

Academic Interests:
Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mechanics & Mathematics; Materials Genome; Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences

Doctoral Degrees:
Doctor of Science (Earned), MIT, 1969
Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa); National University of Ireland, 1988
Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa); Slovak Academy of Sciences, 2006
Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa); University of Patras, Greece, 2007
Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa); University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia, 2009

American Academy of Mechanics (1981)
Chinese Society of Theoretical & Applied Mechanics (1984)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1988)
Aeronautical Society of India (1990)
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (1991)
Honorary Fellow, International Congress on Fracture (1993)
Us National Association of Computational Mechanics (1995)

International Association of Computational Mechanics (1997)

Academy Memberships:
USA National Academy of Engineering (1996)
India National Academy of Engineering (1997)
European Academy of Sciences (2002)
The World academy of Sciences (Trieste) (2003)
Ukraine National Academy of Sciences (2009)
Academy of Athens, Greece (2013)

Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science, & Technology (2016)



Induction to Academy of Athens.

 Previous Positions:

von Karman Chair & Distinguished Professor, UCI, 2002-2015
Distinguished Professor, UCLA, 1996-2002
Director, FAA National Center for Aircraft Structures, GIT, 1992-1998

Hightower Chair in Engineering, Georgia Tech, 1996-1998
Institute Professor, Georgia Tech, 1991-1998
Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics, MIT, 1990-1991 
Regents' Professor of Engineering, Georgia Tech, 1979-1998
Professor of Engineering Science & Mechanics, Georgia Tech, 1973-1979
Assistant Professor, Aero & Astro, University of Washington, 1971-1973
Research Associate, MIT, 1969-1971

Honorary Positions:
Faculty Fellow & Eminent Scholar, Texas Institute for Advanced Studies, Texas A&M University, 2013-
Distinguished Professor of Multidisciplinary Engineering & Computer Science, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia, 2013-
Tsinghua Honorary Chair Professor, Tsinghua University, Taiwan, 2009-2012
Distinguished Visiting Professor (Type III), Pusan National University, South Korea, 2009-2014
Honorary Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 2003-2007
Honorary Professor, Lanzhou University, China, 2013-
Honorary Professor, Emei Jiaotong University, China, 1986-
Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, 1988-1991
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, 1996, 1997

Public Service:
US President's Committee for National Medals of Technology
Member, 1992-1998; Chair 1998

US Federal aviation Administration
Member, Research, engineering, & Development Advisory Committee to the FAA Administrator, 1994-1998

US National academy of Engineering
Task Group on aging aircraft, 1997
Member, and Chair, Peer Committee, 1998-2003
Member, Committee on Membership, 2002

National aeronautics and Space Administration
Decadal Surveys on Aeronautics, 1996, 2005

Honors & Professional Recognition: 

President of the Republic of India:
Padma Bhushan, in Science & Engineering (National Medal of Science & Engineering, India) 2013
[]. Atluri is the third recipient]


Investiture as Padma Bhushan by President Mukherjee of India

American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
- Walter J. and Angeline H. Crichlow Trust Prize ( $100,000 honorarium) 2014-2015 []

- Pendray Aerospace Literature Medal, 1998

- Structures, Structural Dynamics,& Materials Lecture Award, 1998

- Structures, Structural Dynamics & Materials Medal, 1988

Glorious India Convention & Exposition, May 2017, NJ
Glorious India Award
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Nadai Medal, Materials Division []

American Society of Civil Engineers
Aerospace Structures & Materials Award, 1986

Federal Aviation Administration (OSTP)
Excellence in Aviation Medal (1998) (Recognition by OSTP and the FAA Administrator of the accomplishments of the FAA Center of Excellence in Aircraft Structures, which he directed, 1992-1998, at Georgia Tech)

United States Secretary of Commerce:
Distinguished Service Citation, National Medal of Technology Selection Committee, 1992-1998

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Distinguished Alumnus, 2001

National Academy of Engineering
Outstanding Achievement Award, 1995

Society of Engineering Science
The Eringen Medal, 1995

- Japan Society for Promotion of Science
Fellow, 1998

- Japan Society of Mechanical Engine
Computational Mechanics Medal, 1991

Greek National Association of Computational Mechanics
Computational Mechanics Medal, 1998

ICCES (International Congress on Computational & Experimental Engineering & Sciences)
- Hilbert Medal , 2003
- ICCES Medal, 1992

Midwestern Mechanics Lecturer, 1988

Southwestern Mechanics Lecturer, 1987

Georgia Institute of Technology
- Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award, 1986 [$10,000 Award in 1986] []
- Outstanding Researcher Award,, 1991, 1993 [$5,000 Awards]

Society of Sigma-Xi
Monie Ferst Sustained Research Award, 1988

Indian Institute of Science
Roll of Honours, 1966

Andhra University
Lazarus Medal, 1964
VK Murthy Medal, 1964

Citation Metrics:

Science Citation Index, Institute of Scientific Information
- One of 3000 most highly cited researchers in the world in all disciplines, based on research published during 2002-2014 [] 

- One of the Original List of 100 Most Highly Cited Researchers in the world, in all disciplines, 1980-2000 []

- The most highly cited researcher in the world, in Aerospace Engineering:

-The 2nd most highly cited researcher in the word, in Facture Mechanics


- The 6th most highly cited researcher in the world in the area of Mechanics:

- The 12th most highly cited researcher in the world in Applied Mathematics:

- 5 out of the 10 Most Highly Cited Papers in the journal, Computational Mechanics (Springer) during 1985-2014 were authored by Atluri []

- 6 out of the 10 Most Highly Cited Papers in the journal, CMES: Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, during 1999-2014 were authored by Atluri []

Google Scholar Citations

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Journals: Editor &/or Founder

CMES: Computer Modeling in Engineering and Science
CMC: Computers, Materials & Continua
MCB: Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics
SL: Structural Longevity
SDHM: Structural Durability & Health Monitoring
ACM: Advances in Computational Mechanics
FDMP: Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing Online Version
ICCES: International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences