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