Autar Kaw is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of South Florida. He is a recipient of the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching. His main scholarly interests are in engineering education research, open courseware development, bascule bridge design, fracture mechanics, composite materials, and the state and future of higher education.
Autar has written several books on subjects such as composite materials, numerical methods, computer programming and engineering licensure examination.
Since 2002, under his leadership, he and his colleagues have developed, implemented, refined and assessed online resources for open courseware in Numerical Methods (http://nm.MathForCollege.com). This courseware annually receives more than a million page views, 900K views of the YouTube lectures and 150K annual visitors to the numerical methods guy blog!