Dr. Anil K. Patnaik

Dr. Anil K. Patnaik

Title: Professor and Interim Chair
Dept/Program: Civil Engineering
Office: ASEC 215
Phone: 330-972-5226
Email: patnaik@uakron.edu


Dr. Patnaik joined The University of Akron in 2007 and is currently the interim chair of the department. He was previously a faculty member at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T). He was also the site director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Friction Stir Processing (CFSP) at SDSM&T. He is the author or co-author of over 100 journal and conference papers, sole author of a book on the design of basalt FRP reinforced structural concrete, co-editor of three conference proceedings, author or co-author of over 100 research, design and other reports. Dr. Patnaik secured millions of dollars in research grants and contracts from several federal and state agencies, and private companies. He also received several prestigious awards such as the Louis A. Hill Jr. Award of CEPS, the Martin P. Korn award of the PCI, best paper awards from SAE and Indian Society of Earthquake Technology, and was the faculty advisor of two award-winning titanium pedestrian bridge designs in a national competition. Thirteen doctoral students and over 60 master’s students completed their dissertations and theses under his guidance.


  • Structural engineering design, bridge design and construction
  • Large-scale laboratory and field tests
  • Construction and long-term performance monitoring of bridges
  • Self-healing concrete and self-sealing with microbial additives
  • Performance of annulus void fill materials (CLSM and cellular grouts) for slip-lined culverts
  • Corrosion of reinforced concrete and steel structures
  • Development of corrosion resistant materials and structural systems
  • Coated reinforcing bars (epoxy-coated, galvanized, dual-coated and continuously galvanized bars)
  • Rehabilitation, repair and strengthening of existing structures
  • Impact performance of structural concrete members
  • Synthetic and basalt fiber reinforced concrete
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials in structural applications
  • Basalt-fiber reinforced polymer (BFRP) reinforced concrete members and basalt MinibarsTM
  • Life cycle analysis (LCA) and sustainability of civil engineering materials and systems


  • Ph.D. in Structures, The University of Calgary
  • M.S. in Structural Eng., Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • B.Sc. Eng (Honors) in Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela


Reinforced Concrete Design, Steel Design, Senior Design (Capstone Design), Mechanics of Solids, Materials Lab, Structural Analysis, Adv Reinforced Concrete Design, Prestressed Concrete Design, FRP Applications in Structural Engineering, Design of Tall Buildings, Adv Steel Design