2012 U.S. Professor of the Year





If you don't let a teacher know at what level you are - by asking a question, or revealing your ignorance - you will not learn or grow. You can't pretend for long, for you will eventually be found out. Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education - Steven Covey, 1990.

























AUTAR K KAW is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Fellow of ASME,  and Jerome Krivanek Distinguished Teacher at the University of South Florida, Tampa.   He received his BE Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), India in 1981. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1987 and M.S. degree in 1984, both in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University, SC  (Read more...| Complete Curriculum Vitae).

EXPERTISE: Engineering Education Research Methods, Mechanics of Composite Materials, Elasticity, Fracture, Thermal Stresses, Online Course Development.



2015 NEWS



Guest co-editor for ASEE AEE Journal Special Issue on Flipped Classrooms in STEM



Collaborator: LearNERDs: Bite Size Engineering Challenges



NSF Sponsored poster presentation at upcoming June 2015 ASEE Conference on How Do You Like Your Course - Semi-Flipped or Flipped?



Journal Paper in print for IJEE on Comparing Different Formats of a Final Exam for a Numerical Methods Course


2014 NEWS


November 11, 2014

A patent on body armor was issued to Dan Miller (a former graduate student) and Autar Kaw


October 31, 2014

Open Courseware released for Introduction to Matrix Algebra and profiled on USF Textbook Affordability Project.


June 16, 2014

Presented a poster at the annual ASEE conference: Are Multiple Choice Questions Suitable for a Final Examination in a STEM course?


May 13, 2014

An article for Chronicle Vitae: Let's Meet in the Middle - a Case for Universal Design Learning


May 5, 2014

Keynote Speaker: UCF Summer Conference: Evidence-Based Classroom Strategies.


May 5, 2014

Q&A session on funding STEM Education Research, UCF Summer Conference


April 10, 2014

Last Lecture by Autar Kaw [ YOUTUBE] [TRANSCRIPT] [HTML] [MP3 of interview]


March 31, 2014

Presented a Talk on Best Practices of a Flipped Classroom at the 2014 ASEE-SE Conference


January 8, 2014

An article for Chronicle Vitae: The Case Against Multitasking















2013 NEWS


November 2013

Quoted in ASEE Prism on "Step Online in Style" [PDF]


October 29, 2013

Speaker/Panelist on "Limits of Online Learning" in NAE sponsored FOEE Symposium [HTML].


September 30, 2013

Fox News Channel 13 profiles use of clickers in class [HTML]


September 25, 2013

Autar Kaw gave a keynote speech on innovations in education at the 2013 WEEF conference in Cartagena, Colombia


September 4, 2013

Autar Kaw with Co-PIs from ASU, AAMU and Univ of Pitt, Get to Study Flipped STEM courses at College Level via NSF grant [PDF]


September 2, 2013

Autar Kaw Interview with Mail Today, an Indian Tabloid [PDF]


August 6 - 8, 2013

Autar Kaw gives a lecture on "How Can We Learn" in DTU and BITS in India: Times of India Article [HTML]


July 25 - 26, 2013

Autar Kaw Conducts a Workshop on Pragmatic Strategies of Teaching in Colombia [HTML]


May 31, 2013

Autar Kaw Offers His First MOOC on Numerical Methods on Udemy [HTML]


Spring 2013

A view about MOOCs by Autar Kaw [PDF]


May 10, 2013

Autar Kaw Gives Keynote Speech on Global Perspectives on Higher Education at the UN Habitat Partner Initiative Forum [HTML 1 2]


May 3, 2013

Autar Kaw Named Recipient of Kosove Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Service Award [PDF]


April 30, 2013

Florida Senate Adopts Resolution to Recognize Autar Kaw [HTML]


April 21, 2013

Kaw receives USF Phi Kappa Phi Artist-Scholar Award


April 15, 2013

Kaw receives USF Outstanding Faculty Award [HTML]


April 3, 2013

All Four USF Professors Get Together for Student Success Conference [HTML 1  2  3  4  5  6 YOUTUBE]


March 11-20, 2013

Taught a numerical methods course at University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt [PDF]


February 12, 2013

Interview about the U.S. Professor of Year on WUSF. [HTML] [MP3  One Two] [YOUTUBE]


January 28, 2013

Interview about the U.S. Professor of Year on Bay News 9. [HTML


January 28, 2013

Interviewed about the Holistic Numerical Methods Open Education Resource by Science World of Voice of America. Hear the interview: [YOUTUBE] [MP3


January 17, 2013

Florida Board of Governers Recognize Autar Kaw's Teaching [PDF]


January 17, 2013

NSF Discoveries covers Holistic Numerical Methods Open Education Resource: One Click Away: Online Courseware Promotes Free Access to Math Instruction [HTML]


USF Professor Autar Kaw (center) with CASE President John Lippincott (left) and Carnegie Foundation President Anthony S. Bryk. (courtesy  Daniel Peck Photography)

2012 NEWS


December 15, 2012

Gave the keynote speech at the Ring Ceremony for the Fall 2012 Graduates. Read speech [pdf] [text] [html]  


December 13, 2012

Recognized by Board of Trustees of University of South Florida.  


November 15, 2012

Received National 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year Award from the Council of Advancement and Support of Education & Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


October 2012

Was quoted in an ASEE Prism article on "COVER STORY: BOLD EXPERIMENT Universities face new competition as elite schools offer course certificates to the online masses" by Beryl Benderly and From The Editor section.


June 10, 2012

Presented a paper "A Holistic View on History, Development, Assessment, And Future of an Open Courseware in Numerical Methods" at the 2012 ASEE Conference in San Antonio, TX. The paper was presented in the "Best of Computers in Education" session. The paper is also published by the ASEE Computers in Education Journal.


February 23, 2012

University of Miami

Gave an invited seminar to the College of Engineering on the Numerical Methods Open Courseware.


February 23, 2012

University of Miami

External Advisory Board evaluation visit for a National Science Foundation CCLI Type2 grant on "Collaborative Development and Application of Distributable, Internet Accessible, Interactive Medical Imaging Teaching Software and Dynamic Tracking System".


January 2012

Was quoted in an ASEE Prism article on "24/7 Tutor" by Thomas Grose.

BOLD EXPERIMENT - Universities face new competitionas elite schools offer course certificates to the online masses.  + By Beryl Lieff Benderly - Collage by Lung-I Lo. Photos - iStock.



Educational Research

  • How do you like your class - Semi-Flipped or Blended? (Abstract)

  • Comparing Different Formats of a Final Exam for a Numerical Methods Course (Abstract)

  • A Holistic View on History, Development, Assessment, And Future of an Open Courseware in Numerical Methods (Abstract).

  • Development and Assessment of Digital Audiovisual YouTube Lectures for an Engineering Course In Numerical Methods (Abstract )

  • Measuring Student Learning Using Initial and Final Concept Test in a STEM Course (Abstract)

  • Does Grading HW Improve Examination Performance? (Abstract )

  • Effect of Endless Quizzes on Examination Performance. (Abstract )

  • Introducing and Assessing Laboratory Experience in a Numerical Methods Course for Engineers (Abstract)

  • Problem-Centered Approach in a Course in Numerical Methods (Abstract)

  • Comparing Modalities of Teaching a Module in Numerical Methods (Abstract)

Composite Materials Research

  • A Better Body Armor (Article & Slide Show)

  • Indentation Test for Composite Materials Revisited (Abstract )

  • Thermo-mechanical Beam Element for Analyzing Stresses in Functionally Graded Materials (Abstract)

  • Optimizing Specific Strength of Infused Fiber Reinforced Sandwich Composites (Abstract)

  • How does Interphase Modeling Affect Nanoindentation Test Results? (Abstract)

  • Is Crack Propagation in Composite Materials Independent of Fiber Volume Fraction? (Abstract )

Bridge Design Research

  • Evaluating different assembly procedures of trunnion-hub-girder assembly (Abstract

  • How does geometry affect successful (no cracking) trunnion-hub-girder assembly procedure?  (Abstract ). 

  • Does step-cooling make trunnion-hub-girder assembly procedure fail-safe? (Abstract )

  • The thermal expansion of a hole in irregular geometries. 

Sports Analytics

  • A metric to quantify topsy-turvyness of a college football season (Site)


Collaborative & Co-Investigator Research

  • Evaluation of LuGre Tire Friction Model with Measured Data on Multiple Pavement Surfaces ( Abstract )

  • Predicting Academic Performance (Abstract). 


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