Dr. Chandrakant S. Desai
of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, USA -85721
Telephone: (520) 621-6569
Fax: (520) 621-6577
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Chandrakant S. Desai is a Regentsí
Professor at the The University of Arizona, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Tucson, AZ , USA.
Chandra Desai hails from a small village in the state of Gujarat, India.
After his high school and college education in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, he
received a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in 1959 in Civil
Engineering from the Victoria Jubilee
Technical Institute, University of Bombay. After federal and state
competitive examinations, he was selected for serving at accelerated
levels in the government. He worked in government and private agencies in
the areas of design of structures and supervision of construction of
buildings and dams. In 1964, he came to the U.S. A. and joined the
Rice University, Houston, Texas where he received the Master of
Science (M.S.) degree in 1966. He then studied at the
University of Texas, Austin and
received the degree of doctor of philosophy (Ph. D) in 1968.
In Waterways Experiment Station,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Mississippi (1968-1974), he
worked in applied research in the areas of computer analysis, laboratory
and field testing, and constitutive models for geotechnical problems such
as pile foundations, lock structures and ground water seepage.
In 1974, he joined the Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University (VPI), where he was engaged teaching
and research in the areas of geotechnical and structural engineering with
emphasis on soil-structure interaction, computer (finite element) methods
and constitutive modeling including design and fabrication of various new
He joined the Department of Civil
Engineering and Engineering Mechanics,
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
as a Professor and Director of Engineering Mechanics, Geomechanics and
Structural Mechanics Program, and later as the Director of the Center of
Material Modeling and Computational Mechanics. He served as the Head of
the Department from 1987-1991. In 1989, he was awarded the Regentsí
Professorship by the The University of Arizona.