Sondipon Adhikari

Professor Sondipon Adhikari (FRAeS)
Chair of Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering, Swansea University
Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Crymlyn Burrows
Swansea, SA1 8EN, United Kingdom
Phone: + 44 (0)1792 602088, Fax: + 44 (0)1792 295676
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Prof Adhikari is the chair of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering of Swansea University (from April 2007) and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (from April 2017). In 2010 he Received the Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society (UK academy of sciences). He was an Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) Advanced Research Fellow (2004-09) and winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2007) in Engineering (given to an outstanding scholar under the age of 35). He received his PhD in 2001 as a Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust scholar at the Trinity College from the University of Cambridge. He was a lecturer at the Bristol University (2003-07) and a Junior Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (2001-03). From 2015 he has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg. He was a visiting Professor at Carleton University (Canada, 2006) and a visiting scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA, 2006). In 2008 he was an official visitor to the Cambridge University Engineering Department and a visiting Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. In January 2016, he was a visiting Professor at the University of Paris East.

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Professor Adhikari's research stands on three fundamental footing - structural dynamics, probabilistic methods and computational mechanics. His research works use these basic principles to understand cutting-edge multiscale and multidisciplinary problems in applied science and engineering. Specific research areas include uncertainty quantification in computational mechanics, dynamics of complex systems, inverse problems for linear and non-linear dynamics, vibration energy harvesting, wind turbines and dynamics of nanoscale systems. He has obtained more than £3.0M of competitive research funding as a principal investigator, published 5 books, 333 peer-reviewed journal papers (Scopus h-index=59) and more than 200 conference papers in these areas. He was the recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust (London) scholarship at the Trinity College, Cambridge (1997). In 1999 he won the best student paper prize (John Winbolt Prize) from the Cambridge University for a single-authored paper in the AIAA Journal. In 2001 he won the second prize from the Acoustical Society of America for the best student paper/presentation in the 141st Meeting in Chicago. Later that year, he received the junior research fellowship (in science and engineering) from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Professor Adhikari received the EPSRC advanced research fellowship award in 2004. He was a member of the winning project team in the EPSRC Ideas factory Workshop (January 2006) on Scientific Uncertainty and Decision Making (awarded £338,591). Prof Adhikari won three highly competitive Newton Fellowships, three Marie Curie International Fellowships and the first round of Newton-Bhabha award and SPARC award.

Professor Adhikari is an associate fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), and The Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN). From 2007 he has been a member of the Stochastic Process and Stochastic Analysis Cluster of the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS). Professor Adhikari has been a member of the editorial board of a number of journals such as Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics (2015-), Nanoscience & Technology (2013-), Modelling and Simulation in Engineering (2010-), International Journal of Mathematics in Engineering, Science and Aerospace (2009-), Journal of Sound and Vibration (2009-), International Journal of Engineering Under Uncertainty: Hazards, Assessment and Mitigation (2009-) and The Open Numerical Methods Journal (2008-). He has been an Associate Editor for the Shock and Vibration Journal between 2006-2011. He is a technical reviewer for over 120 international journals, 20 conferences and 20 funding bodies. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Non-Deterministic Approaches Technical Committee (NDA-TC) and Uncertainty Quantification and Model Validation (UQMV) technical division of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM). Professor Adhikari is a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) peer review college. He has been a research grant reviewer for Nuffield Foundation, NRF (National Research Foundation), South Africa, US Department of Energy and Science and Technology, book reviewer for Wiley, Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann Publishers and Royal Aeronautical Society.

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