Principal Author

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 and Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching.

Professor Kaw’s primary scholarly interests are in education research methods, open courseware development, flipped and adaptive learning, bascule bridge design, fracture mechanics, composite materials, and the state and future of higher education.

Funded by National Science Foundation (2002-23), under Professor Kaw’s leadership, he and his colleagues from around the nation have developed, implemented, refined, and assessed online resources for open courseware in Numerical Methods ( This courseware annually receives 1,000,000+page views (, 2,000,000+ views of the YouTube lectures (, and 90,000+ visitors to the “numerical methods guy” blog ( This body of work is also used in the understanding of the impact of the flipped, blended and adaptive settings on cognitive and affective learning gains of engineering students.

Professor Kaw has written more than 100 refereed technical papers and his opinion editorials have appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune and Chronicle Vitae. His work has been covered/cited/quoted in many media outlets, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, U.S. Congressional Record, Florida Senate Resolution, ASEE Prism, Times of India, NSF Discovery, and Voice of America.