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I am a recently retired Full Professor from the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing, Florida International University (FIU). I have a diverse educational background in mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied mathematics including private (Ph.D.-Cornell’79), public (M.Sc.-Minnesota’75) and international (Dipl.Ing.-Belgrade’73) schooling, three years of visiting research and teaching experience both domestic (NASA-GRC) and international (DFVLR-Goettingen), 41 years of teaching and research experience at four universities (UT-Austin, Penn State, UT-Arlington, FIU). I have held positions of Graduate Program Director (UTA), Founder and Institute Director (UTA), Founder and Lab Director (FIU), and Department Chair (FIU) during 2003-2009.


My research expertise and interests are computational, analytical, and highly multi-disciplinary spanning the fields of aerospace, mechanical, industrial, materials, biomedical, electrical and chemical engineering. Select research topics include the development of a variety of inverse problems algorithms; multi-objective hybrid constrained evolutionary design optimization algorithms; acceleration of iterative algorithms; turbomachinery aero-thermodynamics and heat transfer; conjugate heat transfer analysis; optimized topology of branching 3D micro-channels for high heat flux electronics and gas turbine blade cooling; brain cooling of stroked patients; optimized cooling of human hearts for extended transportation; optimally controlled solidification/melting using electric, magnetic and thermal fields; multi-objective optimization and inverse design of chemical compositions of nickel superalloys, titanium alloys, aluminum and scandium alloys, hafnium metallic glasses and high strength-high temperature magnetic alloys; thermo-elasticity analysis and inverse problems; aerodynamic optimization of kinetic energy projectiles for maximum penetration; inverse design and optimization of transonic and hypersonic flight vehicle shapes; aerodynamic shape design of multi-element winglets; minimization of sonic boom from supersonic passenger airplanes; inverse determination of spatially varying diffusion coefficients; reduced order modeling for multiphase flows; and constrained design optimization of chemical formulas for functional molecules. This multi-disciplinary research has resulted in over 530 technical publications, including 17 books/proceedings volumes, 17 book chapters, and 155 journal papers with emphasis on multi-disciplinary computational analysis, inverse problems and design optimization. GoogleScholar scores are: 7285 citations; h-index is 42; i10-index is 203.


I am the founder and served as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal of Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering (1994-2021). I am an Associate Editor of nine professional journals and the founder, chairman and editor of the sequence of International Conferences on Inverse Design Concepts and Optimization in Engineering Sciences (ICIDES) and a co-founder of Inverse Problems, Design and Optimization (IPDO) sequence of international symposia. I co-organized over 200 technical meetings, supervised and mentored 20 PhD and 31 MSc students, 30 visiting scientists and postdoctoral fellows, and have presented 33 plenary, keynote and invited lectures at national and international meetings. I am a Fellow of American Academy of Mechanics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Royal Aeronautical Society and an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


My research has been funded by NSF, NASA, AFOSR, ARO, ONR, DoD, DoE, NETL, ALCOA, LLNL, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, GE, Medtronics, Millipore, CRDF, HPTi, Bell Helicopters, NAVAIR, Touchstone Research Laboratories, TKelvin, DARPA, CNPq, ORNL and UCAH.

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