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), and Professor of Ocean Engineering at Florida Atlantic University, having previously served as a Research Scientist at Topexpress Ltd., Cambridge, UK and as a Senior Research Associate at University of Cambridge. He is the past chair (2003-2009) of the Department of Ocean Engineering at FAU. Dr. Dhanak is a graduate of Imperial College, University of London, UK and has research interests in hydrodynamics, physical oceanography, autonomous marine vehicles, including AUVs and USVs, and ocean energy. He has a significant record of sponsored research as a faculty member at FAU, encompassing over 40 separate federal (ONR, NSF, DOE, DHS, NAVAIR and NAVSEA) and state research awards, including a State of Florida award for establishing a Center of Excellence in Ocean Energy Technologies at FAU. His current on-going federally funded research activities include development of advanced energy-efficient unmanned surface vehicles and advanced-vehicle-assessment tools, characterization of electromagnetic fields associated with oceanographic features in a coastal environment using AUVs, as well as international multi-university collaborative programs spanning over 2010-2017 in the development of autonomous systems, and a Naval Engineering Education Center in support of training and education of US students in ocean engineering. Dr. Dhanak has authored/co-authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications, including in Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids and Proceedings of the Royal Society. He has published seminal papers on vortex dynamics, and was one of the first to use AUVs as mobile platforms for oceanographic observations, including measurement of ocean turbulence. He has participated in AUV-based at-sea observational field experiments in the Mediterranean and the Sargasso Seas and off the coast of Florida. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, co-Editor of the Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering and co-Editor of the Springer Series on Ocean Engineering and Oceanography. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Advanced Shipping and Ocean Engineering Journal and Nature Science Reports.

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 an air crash in the Bahamas and for wave-induced coastal damage in Baja-California.

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Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering- SeaTech
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Florida Atlantic University,
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