Satya N. Atluri

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Satya N. Atluri
Born Gudiwada, Andhra Pradesh,India
Citizenship USA
Fields aerospace engineering
meshless method
Institutions Georgia Tech
Alma mater Indian Institute of Science
Known for computational mechanics
meshless method
Notable awards Excellence in Aviation Award (FAA) (1998)
Outstanding Achievement Award, U.S. National Academy of Engineering (1995)
The Hilbert Medal (2003)

Satya Atluri, born in India and a citizen of the USA, is a UCI Distinguished Professor, in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at UCI.[1] His research focuses upon the areas of aerospace and mechanics. His professional interests lie in the areas of aerospace and mechanical engineering. His teaching and research interests at UCI lie in the disciplinary areas of: computational mathematics; theoretical, applied, and computational mechanics of solids and fluids at various length and time scales; computer modeling in engineering and sciences; meshless and other novel computational methods; structural longevity, failure prevention, and health management.


He received Doctor of Science degrees from MIT (earned, 1969), National University of Ireland (1988, honoris causa), Slovak Academy of Sciences (2005, honoris causa), University of Patras, Greece (2007, honoris causa), and University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia (2009, honoris causa).

Teaching career[edit]

He previously taught at: UCLA (Distinguished Professor); Georgia Tech (Institute Professor, Regents’ Professor of Engineering, and Hightower Chair in Engineering); MIT (JC Hunsaker Professor, 1990-1991); and University of Washington (Assistant Professor).

He is Tsing Hua Honorary Chair Professor at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, an Honorary Professor at the University of Patras, Greece, and a World Class University (WCU) Program Distinguished Professor at Pusan National University, Korea. Previously he was an Honorary Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Professional affiliations[edit]

He is Fellow of American Academy of Mechanics; Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Fellow of ASME; Honorary Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture, Fellow of the Aeronautical Society of India; Fellow of the Chinese Society of Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, and several other international academic and professional societies.

He was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Engineering (1996); the Indian National Academy of Engineering (1997); Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (2003, Trieste), Member, European Academy of Sciences (2002), National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2008), Academy of Athens 2014

Government and professional service[edit]

He served as a Member on, as well as the Chair of the US President’s Committee for National Medal of Technology and Innovation (1992–1998); as a Member of the Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (1994–1998); Vice-Chair, Peer Review Committee, Aerospace Section, National Academy of Engineering (1998–2000); Chair, Peer review Committee, Aerospace Section, National Academy of Engineering, (2000–2002); Member, Committee on Membership, National Academy of Engineering (2002–2005). He also served on the NRC Panels of the NAS/NAE, and Decadal Surveys of Aeronautics for NASA.


He is Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of science, Bangalore.

Some notable recognitions he received include those from ASME The NADAI MEDAL 2012, AIAA (the Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Medal; the Pendray Aerospace Literature Medal and the SDM Lecture Award); from the Federal Aviation Administration (“Excellence in Aviation Award”); from the ASCE (the Aerospace Structures and Materials Award); from the Society of Engineering Science (The Eringen Medal); from ICCES ( the "Hilbert Medal" and the "ICCES Gold Medal"); from JSME, Japan (the Computational Mechanics Medal); from the Greek National Association of Computational Mechanics (The Computational Mechanics Medal); from JSPS, Japan (JSPS Fellow, University of Tokyo); from the United States Secretary of Commerce (Distinguished Service Award, the President’s National Medal of Technology Committee); from Georgia Tech (the second annual Distinguished Professor Award in 1986; and twice the annual Outstanding Researcher Awards, in 1991 and 1993). From Sigma Xi (the Sustained Research Award); from the Science Citation Index (one of 100 most highly cited researchers in engineering, 1980–2000); from the National Academy of Engineering (Technical Achievement Award, 1995). He has been a Midwestern Mechanics Lecturer (1989), as well as a Southwestern Mechanics Lecturer (1987).

ICCES has established the Satya N. Atluri ICCES Medal in honor of its Founder. The Satya N. Atluri ICCES Medal was awarded to Subra Suresh of MIT in 2009, to Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Sons of Mumbai in 2010, and to Dr. Guangjing Cao, President, Three Gorges Dam Groups, China, in 2011.

On 26 January 2013, his motherland honoured him with the Padma Bhushan, in the category of Science & Engineering, to be awarded formally soon, by President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, of the Republic of India, in ceremonies in New Delhi.

In 2012 he was awarded the Nadai Medal, the highest award of the Materials Division of ASME, in recognition of significant contributions and outstanding achievements which broaden the field of materials engineering .

On 29 April 2014 he is inducted as a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens, Greece, the oldest organized scientific and philosophical academy in the history of the modern world.

In December 2005, his former students, colleagues and friends celebrated his 60th birthday at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, in Chennai, India. This occasion was graced by Bharata Ratna Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the then President of the Republic of India.

Editing and research[edit]

He founded and was/is the Editor-in-Chief of many journals: Computational Mechanics (1986–2000); CMES: Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, CMC: Computers, Materials & Continua; MCB: Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics; SDHM: Structural Durability & Health Monitoring; SL: Structural Longevity; ACM: Advances in Computational Mechanics. He is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of many journals, including the AIAA Journal; the Tsinghua Journal of Science & Technology, Taiwan’s Marine Science & Technology, etc.

For the past 40 years, his research has been supported by: NSF, DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, The Army Research Office, The Army Research Labs, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, The Department of Energy, The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, The Edwards Air Force Base, The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and many others. Further details of his CV may be found at the database of highly cited researchers maintained by ISI.[2]

Other activities[edit]

In 1986, Professor Atluri founded a scientific association, "ICCES: International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering & Sciences". ICCES held annual meetings of scientists from various countries in general, and Asia in particular: Tokyo (1986); Atlanta (1988); Melbourne, Australia (1991); Hong Kong (1992); Hawaii (1995); Costa Rica (1997); Atlanta (1998); Los Angeles (2000); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (2001); Reno, Nevada (2002); Corfu, Greece (2003); Madeira, Portugal (2004); Chennai, India (2005); Miami (2007); Hawaii (2008), and Phuket, Thailand (2009). Las Vegas (2010), Nanjing, China (2011).

He is the Founder & Chairman of FSL: A Global Forum on Structural Longevity (Health Management, Failure Prevention, & Infrastructure Rehabilitation).

Selected publications[edit]

  • Atluri, S.N.: Methods of Computer Modeling in Engineering & the Sciences, Tech Science Press, (2005) ISBN 0-9657001-9-4 [2]
  • Atluri, S.N.: The Meshless Method (MLPG) for Domain & BIE Discretizations, Tech Science Press, (2004) ISBN 0-9657001-8-6 [3]
  • Atluri, S.N., and Zhu, T.L.: A New Meshless Local Petrov-Galerkin (MLPG) Approach in Computational Mechanics, Computational Mechanics, Vol.22, pp. 117–127, 1998", [4]

Selected Honors & Awards[edit]


Recipient of PADMA BHUSHAN (Nation's third highest civilian award) award from the Government of India in 2013.

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