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.


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Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering- SeaTech
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Florida Atlantic University,
101 North Beach Road, Dania Beach, Florida 33004
Voice: (954) 924 7242 
(954) 924 7270
dhanak@fau.edu