Vistasp Karbhari

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Vistasp M. Karbhari
8th President of the University of Texas at Arlington
Assumed office
June 1, 2013
Preceded by James D. Spaniolo
Personal details
Born India
Residence Arlington, Texas
Alma mater Pune University
University of Delaware
Profession College administrator, Engineer
Salary $485,000[1]

Vistasp Karbhari is an Indian-American Parsi civil engineer and the eighth president of the University of Texas at Arlington. He was a former provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is renowned for his research in composite materials and structural engineering.[2]

He earned his Bachelor of Engineering (in Civil Engineering, 1984) and Master of Engineering (1985) degrees from the University of Pune in India, and PhD (1991) from the University of Delaware. Before moving to Alabama in 2008, he was a professor of structural engineering and of materials science at the University of California, San Diego. He is an author or co-author of 200 refereed archival papers in different scientific journals.[3]

As President of The University of Texas at Arlington he has been recognized for his initiatives for STEM programs within the University. Under his tenure the Engineering School at the University of Texas at Arlington has seen an increase in enrollment, designated funding and recruitment from major aerospace and defense company, Lockheed Martin.


  1. ^ "Vistasp Karbhari at University of Texas at Arlington". Texas Tribune. June 30, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Vistasp Karbhari takes helm as eighth president of The University of Texas at Arlington". PR Newswire. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). University of Texas at Arlington. Retrieved 21 September 2013.