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Chandrakant S. Desai, American civil engineering and engineering mechanics educator. Registered professional engineer, Mississippi.


Desai, Chandrakant S. was born on November 24, 1936 in Nadisar, Gujarat, India. Son of Sankalchand P. and Kamala M. (Kothari) Desai. came to the United States, 1964, naturalized, 1973.


Bachelor of Engineering, University Bombay, 1959. Master of Science (Ideal Cement Company fellow 1964), Rice University, Houston, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy (American Petroleum Institute fellow 1966), University Texas, Austin, 1968.


Civil engineer government private agencies, India, 1959-1964;research civil engineer, USAE Wayerways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1968-1974;professor сivil engineering, director computational methods group, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, 1974-1981;professor, director engineering mechanics, geomech. and structural mechanics program department сivil engineering and engineering mechanics, U. Arizona, Tucson, 1981-1987;Regent's professor, U. Arizona, Tucson, since 1989;head Department, University Arizona, Tucson, 1987-1991. Erskine professor of University Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1980, 91.


  • Registered professional engineer, Mississippi.



Trustee Deep Founds. Institute, 1978-1980. Chairman/vice chairman 1st, 2d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th International Conference Numerical Methods Geomechanics. Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers (chairman computer and numerical methods committee GT division 1976-1981).

Member American Society for Testing and Materials, Institute Structural Engineers (Wallace Premium prize 1963), International Society Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Earthquake Research Institute, American Academy Mechanics, American Society Engineering Education, International Association Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (president since 1991, OutstandingContbns. medal 1991).


Married Patricia L. Porter, April 28, 1969. Children: Maya C., Sanjay C.

Sankalchand P. Desai

Kamala M. (Kothari) Desai

Patricia L. Porter

Maya C. Desai

Sanjay C. Desai