Professor Gangadhara Prusty

Deputy Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology
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Phone: +61 (2) 9385 5939

Gangadhara Prusty is a Professor in the UNSW Mechanical & Manufacturing and is the Deputy Director of SMaRT Centre. He holds a PhD degree in Structural Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, and Grad Cert in University Learning and Teaching from UNSW Australia. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate level of engineering. Professor Prusty is the Plan Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering and leads the research priority group on Advanced Materials and Structures. He has supervised 15 HDRs to their successful completion and published over 180 refereed publications (20 in engineering education).

He pioneered the establishment of UNSW's new Automated Composites Laboratory equipped with Australasia’s first Automated Tape/Fibre Placement (ATP/AFP) for high-performance composites research. He specialises on the mechanics of composites at nano-, micro- and macro- scales, embodied with latest analysis and modelling techniques blended with material characterisation. Professor Prusty led a number of major internationally collaborative projects such as; Systems for Crashworthiness and Robust Optimisation for Imperfection Sensitive Composite Launcher Structures at UNSW through external funding.

In his contribution to teaching, Professor Prusty pioneered the development of the Adaptive Mechanics Network which is currently being used by a very large number of students and academics in several universities around the world. In recognition of his teaching developments, he has received multiple teaching excellence awards, including Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation and UNSW Vice-chancellor's Teaching excellence awards in 2010 and Australian Awards for Teaching and Australian Council of Engineering Deans Award for Engineering Education Excellence in 2012.