Chair & Professor

Dr. Anil Misra is the Chair and Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida International University, Miami. He was previously the Glenn L. Parker-James L. Tyson Professor of Engineering Mechanics in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and Associate Director of KU Institute for Bioengineering Research (IBER). From 1990 to 2007 he served as a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India in 1985, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1988 and 1991, respectively. His teaching portfolio includes undergraduate and graduate courses in engineering mechanics, materials engineering, computer methods and geotechnical engineering. He has a broad research interest that spans topics covering both basic and applied aspects of civil engineering, particularly, engineering mechanics, materials and geotechnical engineering.

Dr. Misra’s research has focused upon the analytical, computational and experimental micro-mechanics of granular materials. In particular, he has pioneered the granular micromechanics approach (GMA) with which he seeks to develop generalized (micromorphic) continuum model of a range of granular materials and materials with granular texture, including geomaterials, biomaterials, cement/asphalt concrete, polymers, and architectured/metamaterials. He is deeply interested in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of mechanics and material science. He has also published on soil thermal properties; soil stabilization using coal combustion products; and application of numerical methods in geotechnical design and analysis. He is continuing his work in granular micromechanics, mechanics of dental interfaces; and multi-modal material characterization using high-resolution techniques.

Dr. Misra has co-edited four books, guest edited six journal special issue, and authored more than 350 papers in journals, edited books and conference proceedings. He has made more than 200 presentations of his research results at national and international fora. His research has been funded by a variety of sources including governmental agencies and private industry. He is active in various professional societies. He serves on a number of society technical committees, on editorial board of major journals, and as a reviewer for journal articles and grant proposals. He has also provided consulting service to the industry on technical issues.

Dr. Misra was awarded the 2017 Eugenio Beltrami Senior Scientist Prize for his seminal contributions to granular micromechanics, his pioneering works and innovations in theoretical and experimental mechanics, and his ability to transcend basic and applied research (see the laudatio for this award). He was selected as a Fulbright Specialist in Engineering Education in 2018. He has been honored for his work with Chair and Visiting Professorships as well as membership of academic boards at international universities. He has also been recognized at his home institutions of KU and UMKC with various research and teaching awards.


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