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Vistasp Karbhari | President, The University of Texas at Arlington

Current Position and Past Experience
Vistasp M. Karbhari took office in June 2013 as the eighth president of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Civil Engineering.

As president, Dr. Karbhari is committed to advancing UTA’s national and international profile while strengthening excellence in research and teaching and ensuring the success of the University’s more than 50,000 students in Texas and around the world.

Prior to joining UTA, President Karbhari served in administrative, teaching and research roles at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the University of California, San Diego, and at the University of Delaware.

An internationally recognized researcher, President Karbhari is an expert in the processing and mechanics of composites, durability of materials, infrastructure rehabilitation, and multi-threat mitigation and has authored/coauthored over 460 papers in journals and conference publications and is the editor/co-editor of 6 books.

Education, Honors and Achievements
President Karbhari earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree with a specialization in structures, both from the University of Poona in India, and a Ph.D. with a dissertation in composite materials from the University of Delaware.

During his more than 20 years in higher education, he has received numerous awards for research, teaching, and innovation.

He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors; ASM International; the International Institute for Fiber-reinforced Polymers in Construction; the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure; the American Society of Civil Engineers; and the ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
He and his wife, Lisa, reside in Arlington, Texas.

You can connect with Vistasp Karbhari through LinkedIn, by email at and on University of Texas Arlington website. Vistasp Karbhari is also on Twitter @VistaspKarbhari.