K. Akbar Ansari, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. K. Akbar Ansari has been a professor of mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University since January 1986. He did his doctoral thesis work in the area of nonlinear vibrations of rotating blades under the guidance of the late Professor Nils O. Myklestad. Professor...

Contact Information

  • Fall 2019
    Mondays 3:10-5 p.m.
    Wednesdays 3:10-5 p.m.
    Fridays 3:10-4 p.m.

  • +1 5093133539

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Arlington, 1972

M.S Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1965

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, 1964

Courses Taught

MENG 434 Vibration Engineering


Dr. K. Akbar Ansari has been a professor of mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University since January 1986. He did his doctoral thesis work in the area of nonlinear vibrations of rotating blades under the guidance of the late Professor Nils O. Myklestad.

Professor Ansari has many years of varied industrial, teaching and research experience, having been associated in the past with such organizations as Bell Helicopter Company, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Bell Aerospace Company, Brown and Root, King Fahd’s University of Petroleum and Minerals and Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories.

 At Gonzaga University, Professor Ansari has been involved in the teaching of a wide variety of courses in the areas of engineering mechanics, numerical methods, advanced engineering mathematics, machine design, system dynamics and controls, vibration engineering and applications in vibrations. He has authored two books on numerical methods  in which the numerical techniques covered have been lucidly integrated with the use of the Mathcad software. His third book on numerical methods, which he has recently published  with Dr. Bonni Dichone of Gonzaga University’s Mathematics Department as his co-author, gives a good basic coverage of numerical methods while simultaneously demonstrating the general applicability of the MATLAB software to engineering problem solving.

 His varied research has resulted in several published articles and contributions to books including chapters in the Encyclopedia of Fluid Mechanics and Developments in Offshore Engineering. Professor Ansari is a Life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education. He is also licensed as a registered professional engineer.

Dynamics and Vibrations.
Engineering Mathematics. 
Numerical and Computational Methods in Engineering.