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    Sudhakar E. Nair, PhD - Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Aerospace Engineering

    Sudhakar E. Nair, PhD

    Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Aerospace Engineering
    Professor of Applied Mathematics
    Graduate Studies Committee Chair

    Office: E1-246B

    Phone: 312.567.3180
    Fax: 312.567.7230
    Web: Personal Webpage


    • Solid mechanics; applied mathematics


    • B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, University of Kerala, India, 1967
    • M.E. Aeronautics, Indian Institute of Science, India, 1969
    • Ph.D. Applied Mechanics, University of California, San-Diego, 1974


    Analysis of elastic and inelastic structures; micro-mechanics of composites; wave propagation in anisotropic materials; moving boundary problems of the Stefan type; dynamics of cables.

    Current Projects


    • Junior Fellow, National Aero. Lab of India
    • Listed in Who is Who in Aerospace and Aviation
    • Listed in Who is Who in the World
    • Listed in Who is Who in Education



    • Advanced Topics in Applied Mathematics, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
    • Introduction to Continuum Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

    Selected Publications

    Nair, S., "The Tao Solution for the Stefan Problem: An Alternate Derivation," in "Doing Physics: A Festschrift for Thomas Erber," Edited by Porter Johnson,  IIT Press, 2011.

    Ayyagari, R., and Nair, S., "Scattering of P-polarized Evanescent Waves by a Spherical Dielectric Particle," J. Optical Soc. America, B, Vol. 26, Issue 11, pp. 2054-2058, 2009.

    Khakpour, Y., Bardakji, S., and Nair, S., "Aerodynamic Performance of Wind Turbine Blades in Dusty Environments," ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2007), 20071111-15, Seattle, WA (US), 2007.

    Dursunkaya, Z., and Nair, S., "Accuracy of the Two Iteration Spectral Method for Phase Change Problems," J. Applied Mathematical Modeling, Vol. 30, pp. 1515-1524, 2006.

    Al-Qassab, M., and Nair, S., "Wavelet-Galerkin Method for the Free Vibrations of an Elastic Cable Carrying an Attached Mass," J. Sound and Vibration, Vol. 270, pp. 191-206, 2004.

    Li, Y., Khounsary, A., and Nair, S., "How and Why Side Cooling of High-heat-load Optics Works," SPIE Proceedings, Vol. 5533, pp. 157-162, 2004.

    Li, Y., Khounsary, A., and Nair, S., "Cooled Mirror for Double Undulator Beamline," SPIE Proceedings, Vol. 5193, pp. 204-210, 2004.

    Li, Y., Sciammarella, F.M., Sciammarella, C.A., and Nair, S., "A Micromechanical Model of the Damage of Particulate Composites with Rubber Matrix," 12th Int. Conf. Experimental Mechanics, Bari, Italy, Sept. 2004.

    Gosz, M., Okyar, A.F., and Nair, S., "A Crack Driving Force Criterion for the Prediction of Interface Crack Kinking in Thin-film Composites," J. Interface Science, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 329-338, 2003.

    Dursunkaya, Z., and Nair, S., "Solidification of a Finite Medium Subject to a Periodic Variation of Boundary Temperature," J. Appl. Mech., Vol. 70, No. 5, pp. 633-637, 2003.

    Al-Qassab, M., Nair, S., and O’Leary, J., "Dynamics of an Elastic Cable Carrying a Moving Mass Particle," Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 11-32, 2003.

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    Department of Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering
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    Phone: 312.567.3175
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