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    Sridhar Santhanam, Ph.D., Director

    Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Villanova University College of Engineering
    Tolentine Hall Room 113D
    800 Lancaster Avenue Villanova, PA 19085

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    Sridhar Santhanam is a Professor in the mechanical engineering department at Villanova University. He obtained his bachelors degree in mechanical engineering in 1984 from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, India. In the fall of 1984, he entered the graduate program at Arizona State University (ASU), in Tempe, Arizona. At ASU, he obtained an M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1986 followed by a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in May, 1989. He started as an Assistant Professor in the mechanical engineering department at Villanova University in August, 1989.

    Prof. Santhanam serves as the Director of the College of Engineering High Resolution Microscopy (HRM) Laboratory in CEER 004. This facility houses several instruments including a Hitachi S-4800 high resolution SEM and an Agilent AFM.

    Prof. Santhanam’s primary research interests are in the mechanical engineering sub-disciplines of solid mechanics, materials, and manufacturing. He has engaged in several research projects on these topics in recent years, with several funded by external research grants.

    Dr. Santhanam teaches a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergarduate courses he has taught recently include Solid Mechanics and Design, and Introduction to Engineering. Graduate courses include Introduction to Finite Elements, Continuum Mechanics, and Elasticity.


    • 1996 Farrell Award for outstanding service to the students of the College of Engineering, Villanova University.
    • 2009 Boeing Welliver Fellowship