Sondipon Adhikari

Professor Sondipon Adhikari (FRAeS)
Professor of Engineering Mechanics
James Watt School of Engineering
The University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ, United Kingdom
Phone: + 44 (0) 141 330 2032
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Professor Adhikari holds the position of Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the James Watt School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow. He received his PhD in 2001 as a Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust scholar at the Trinity College from the University of Cambridge. 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).

Professor Adhikari did his BEng and MSc from The University of Calcutta (now Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur) and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1995 and 1997 respectively. He was the holder of the inaugural Chair of Aerospace Engineering at the College of Engineering of Swansea University (from April 2007 - September 2021). Before that, he was a lecturer at Bristol University (January 2003 - March 2007) and a Junior Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (2001-03). Since 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. Between 2016 to 2019, he was a visiting Professor at the University of Paris East (France), The University of Texas at Austin (USA), Rice University (USA), Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France), IIT Kanpur (India), and The Central South University in Changsha (China).

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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, 340 peer-reviewed journal papers (Scopus h-index=61) 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 four highly competitive Newton Fellowships, three Marie Curie International Fellowships and the first round of Newton-Bhabha award and SPARC award from the Government of India.

Professor Adhikari is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (from April 2017), an associate fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 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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