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Dr. Satya Atluri

Each spring, the International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences honors the legacy of professor and researcher Satya Atluri by awarding the Satya N. Atluri ICCES Medal to an individual who has made a significant impact on engineering, the sciences, commerce, and society. The annual award recognizes Atluri’s influence on aerospace and mechanics, as well as his founding of the conference in 1986.

Dr. Satya Atluri - Class of 2013-14

Atluri's widely cited research reveals the workings of complex biological and mechanical systems. Over the last four decades, his work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. armed forces, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, among others.

Currently, Atluri is improving the safety of helicopters by developing a mathematical model to better predict the failure of rotors and other major components, and is conducting research on integrated materials science, mathematics, modeling, and engineering of the materials genome.

Born in India and a citizen of the United States, Atluri is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, at the University of California, Irvine. A Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Science, Atluri earned his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969, and holds four honorary doctorates. He also has served on the faculties of the University of Washington, Georgia Tech University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Atluri is a fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Aeronautical Society of India, and the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, as well as an honorary fellow of the International Congress on Fracture.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers awarded the Nadai Medal, the highest award presented by the society’s Materials Division, to Atluri in 2012 for his contributions to and achievements in materials engineering. Atluri has received numerous medals and other honors from the National Academy of Engineering, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Society of Engineering Science, and the Greek National Association of Computational Mechanics, among others.

He belongs to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the India National Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World, the European Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. In 2013 he was elected as a Corresponding Member in the Section of Physical Sciences of The Academy of Athens, Greece, the oldest academy in the world.

In April 2013, President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee of India honored Atluri with the Padma Bhushan in the category of Science & Engineering. The award is the third highest civilian honor conferred by the Republic of India.

Atluri has authored or edited 45 monographs and has published more than 800 archival papers in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

He has mentored more than 375 doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars, visiting scholars, and visiting professors; many now serve as leaders in governments, industries, and universities around the world.

As a TIAS Faculty Fellow, Atluri collaborated with faculty and students in the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s Department of Aerospace Engineering.

TIAS graduate fellowships funded by the HEEP Foundation:
M. Keith Ballard
Tarek Elgohary


Dr. Satya Alturi