Manhar R Dhanak, PhD.
Professor & Director,
Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering - SeaTech
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering,
Florida Atlantic University
DR. MANHAR DHANAK is the Director of The Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering
(SeaTech) at Florida Atlantic University, having served as the chair of the
Department of Ocean Engineering for the past six years. He is also a professor
in the newly formed Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering with research
interests in hydrodynamics and physical oceanography. Dr. Dhanak serves on the
Board of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA)
and is the Chair of the Florida COOS Consortium. He is a graduate of the University
of London and has served as a Research Fellow at Imperial College, London, as
a Research Scientist at Topexpress, Cambridge, UK and as a Senior Research Associate
at University of Cambridge before joining FAU.
Dr Dhanak is one of the early users of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) as mobile platforms for oceanographic
observations, including measurement of ocean turbulence. He has participated
in at-sea AUV-based observational experiments in the Mediterranean and the coasts
of Bermuda and Florida and has carried out research funded by the Office of
Naval Research (ONR) and the National Science Foundation. Dr Dhanak
was the Principal Investigator on ONR's National Naval Responsibility for
Naval Engineers program at FAU, is currently PI on ongoing ONR-funded programs in advanced autonomous
surface vehicles and development of advanced-vehicle hydrodynamic assessment tools, a
co-PI on a $2M project in ONR's Seabasing program, and a co-PI on FAU's Center of Excellence in Ocean Energy Technology. He has consulted on development
of several outfalls off the US east coast and water intake systems for power
plants in Mexico and the Philippines. He provided expert witness testimonies
for a fatal air crash in the Bahamas and for wave-induced coastal damage in
Baja-California. He is the author of several publications in scientific journals.
Dr Dhanak has served on the Governing Board of the Consortium of Oceanographic
Research and Education (CORE) and is currently an institutional representative
on the Consortium of Ocean Leadership. He has previously served on the Boards
of South Florida Ocean Measurement Center.
- Oceanic Turbulence and AUV-based Oceanographic Surveying
- Vortex Dynamics
- Boundary Layer and Wake Flows
- Modeling and Simulation
- Coherent vortex model for surface pressure fluctuations induced by the
wall region of a turbulent boundary layer. M R Dhanak, A P Dowling and C Si.
1997. Phys. Fluids. 9, 2716-2731.
- The effect of streamwise pressure gradient on a corner boundary layer.
M R Dhanak and P W Duck. 1997. Proceedings of the Royal Society. 453,
- On turbulent skin friction reduction on a plane surface through spanwise
oscillation of the surface. M R Dhanak and C Si. 1999. J. Fluid Mechanics,
383, pp. 175-195
- An Autonomous Ocean Turbulence Measurement Platform. M R Dhanak and K Holappa.
1999 Journal of Atmospheric and Ocean Technology, 16, 1506 - 1518.
- Non-similarity solutions to the corner boundary-layer equations and the
effects of wall transpiration. P W Duck, S R Stow and M R Dhanak. 1999. Journal
of Fluid Mechanics. 400. 125-162.
- Boundary-layer flow along a ridge: alternatives to the Falkner-Skan solutions.
P. W. Duck, S R Stow and M. R. Dhanak. 2000 Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. 358,
- A Cross-Platform
Microdtructure Turbulence Measurement Package. K. Holappa, and M. R. Dhanak,
OCEANS 2000 MTS/IEEE Conference and Exhibition , Volume: 3 , 2000, Pages:
2177 - 2183
- Coastal Oceanography
using a small AUV. E. An, M. R. Dhanak, L K Shay, S Smith and J Van Leer.
2001 Journal of Atmospheric and Ocean Technology, 18, 215-234.
- An AUV Survey
in the Littoral Zone: Small-scale Subsurface Variability Accompanying Synoptic
Observations of Surface Currents. Manhar R Dhanak, Edgar An, and Ken Holappa.
2001. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. 26, 752-768.
- Turbulent convection
driven by surface cooling in shallow water, 2002 Zikanov, O., Slinn, D.
N., & Dhanak, M. R. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 464, pp. 81-111.
- Large-eddy simulations
of the wind-induced turbulent Ekman layer 2002. Zikanov, O., Slinn, D.
N., & Dhanak, M. R. Submitted to Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
- SFOMC, A Successful Navy And Academic Partnership Providing Sustained Ocean Observation Capabilities in the Florida Straits, W. Venezia, W. Baxley, P. Tatro, M. Dhanak, F.R. Driscoll, P. Beaujean, S. Shock,S. Glegg, E. An, M. Luther, B. Weisberg, H. DeFerrari, N. Williams, H. Nguyen, N.Shay, J. Van Leer, R. Dodge, D. Gilliam, A. Soloviev, S. Pomponi, M. Crane, and K.Carter, 2003, Marine Technology Society Journal, Vol. 37, 81-91.
- Impact of the NNRNE Program on Ocean Engineering Education. Manhar Dhanak, R. Yeung and S. Kinnas. ASEE Annual Conference and Exhibition. Austin, TX. 2009.
- A Project-oriented Team-based Learning. Edgar An and M R Dhanak. ASEE Annual Conference and Exhibition. Austin, TX. 2009
- Boundary Layer Control using an Oscillatory Lorentz Forcing. Ryan Seltzer and Manhar Dhanak. MARELEC Conference 2009. Stockholm, Sweden 2009.
- Air-Cushion Vehicle Response to Waves in the Surf Zone. M. R. Dhanak. Oceans MTS/ IEEE Conference. Biloxi, MS. October, 2009.
- Adverse Weather Experiment: AUV-based Observations of Subsurface Distribution of Dissipation Rate in a Shallow Water Column in Response to the Passage of a Cold Atmospheric Front. M. Chernys and M R Dhanak. In preparation.