Alcatel-Lucent Professor & Interim Director for the School of Electrical, Computer and Enterprise Engineering
Dr. Shekhar Bhansali currently serves as the Alcatel-Lucent Professor, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Interim Director of the School of Electrical, Computer, and Enterprise Engineering at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL. His current research is in the areas of bio-sensing and bioengineering, oceanographic sensing, materials science, micro/nanotechnology and alternative energy. A prolific researcher, he has published over 150 journals and 163 conference papers, and he holds 36 U.S patents. As a mentor, Dr. Bhansali has advised over 65 Ph.D. and master’s students, and more than 130 undergraduate/high school students. He has received several honors and recognitions for his research articles. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States Department of Defense (DoD), along with other industries and national laboratories.
He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and has received numerous awards including FIU’s Top Scholar Award in 2014, William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund in 2009 and 2011, Mentor of the Year Award from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2009, and 2003 NSF CAREER award. He has conceptualized and led several inter-connected interdisciplinary graduate student research and training programs, including NSF-IGERT, NSF Bridge to Doctorate and Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Fellowship Programs to increase diversity, retention, and graduation rates. Through these programs, he oversaw the education of over 150 graduate students with multi-year fellowships in colleges of Engineering, Arts and Sciences and Medicine. Dr. Bhansali is on the editorial boards of Recent Patents in Nanotechnology and Technology & Innovation and serves as a reviewer for more than 35 reputed international journals. He received his doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia; his master’s degree in Aircraft Production Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, India; and his bachelor’s degree with Honors in Metallurgical Engineering from the Malaviya National Institute of Technology in Jaipur, India.