Chandrakant S. Desai

Regents Professor Emeritus
Engineering Mechanics


Engineering Society Confers Unique Recognition on Regents’ Professor Desai

  • Regents' Professor Chandra Desai has reconceived in 2011 the Distinguished Member Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which is the highest recognition ASCE confers second only to ASCE President
  • In 2009, Desai was awarded the Nathan M. Newmark Medal by the Structural Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Institutes of the ASCE
  • In 2008, Desai was selected by the ASCE's Geo-Institute to receive the 2007 Karl Terzaghi Award

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  • B.E., University of Bombay, India, 1959
  • M.S., Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1966
  • Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1968


  • Member of about 15 societies and associations, including ASCE (elected Distinguished Member), ASME, ASEE, ASTM, Rock Mechanics, Computational Mechanics, Institution of Structural Engineer (U.K.), International Association of Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, American Academy of Mechanics (elected FELLOW), and Registered Professional Engineer (Mississippi). 

Research Interests:

  • Material modeling and testing, flow in deformable media and computer methods in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, and engineering mechanics.


  • Introduction to Finite Elements Method
  • Advanced Finite Element Method
  • Constitutive Laws of Engineering Materials
  • Material Testing
  • Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Statics

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