Professor Sondipon Adhikari

Professor Sondipon Adhikari

Professor, Aerospace Engineering

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Prof Adhikari is the chair of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering of Swansea University (from April 2007) and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (from April 2017). In 2010 he Received the Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society (UK academy of sciences). He was an Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) Advanced Research Fellow (2004-09) and winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2007) in Engineering (given to an outstanding scholar under the age of 35). He received his PhD in 2001 as a Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust scholar at the Trinity College from the University of Cambridge. He was a lecturer at the Bristol University (2003-07) and a Junior Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (2001-03). From 2015 he has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg. He was a visiting Professor at Carleton University (Canada, 2006) and a visiting scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA, 2006). In 2008 he was an official visitor to the Cambridge University Engineering Department and a visiting Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. In January 2016, he was a visiting Professor at the University of Paris East. 

Visit Professor Adhikari's personal website for more information about his research, publications and career.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) in Computational Mechanics
  • vibration energy harvesting
  • Dynamics of Complex Engineering Systems
  • Nanomechanics

Career Highlights


Professor Adhikari's research stands on three fundamental footing - structural dynamicsprobabilistic methods and computational mechanics. His research works use these basic principles to understand cutting-edge multiscale and multidisciplinary problems in applied science and engineering. Specific research areas include:

  1. Mechanics of Materials and Structures Across Length-Scales (Google Scholar label: nanomechanics)
  2. Dynamics of Complex Systems (Google Scholar label: structural dynamics)
  3. Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Mechanics (Google Scholar label: uncertainty quantification)
  4. Digital twins and inverse problems (Google Scholar label: inverse problems)
  5. Vibration Energy Harvesting / Wind Energy (Google Scholar label: energy harvesting)

More detailed information about his research can be found.

Award Highlights

October 2010 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship

May 2010 Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society

July 2009 Newton International Fellowship (award value £159,000) for Dr. Sk. Faruque Ali

October 2008 Newton International Fellowship (award value £159,000) for Dr. Rajib Chowdhury

May 2008 Visiting Fellowship from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

October 2007 Winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize 2007 (prize value £70,000)

January 2006 Member of the Winning project team in the EPSRC Ideas factory Workshop on Scientific Uncertainty and Decision Making

May 2004 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship

August 2001 Junior Research Fellowship (in science and engineering) from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

June 2005 Second prize from the Acoustical Society of America for the best student paper/presentation in the 141st Meeting at Chicago, USA

April 1999 John Winbolt Prize (best student paper prize) from the Cambridge University

September 1998 Overseas Research Student Award

October 1997 Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust Scholar at the Trinity College, Cambridge

October 1997 Honorary Cambridge Nehru Scholarship from New Delhi


Professor Adhikari collaborates with some of the leading researchers in the field from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. The students and postdocs working in the research group have excellent backgrounds in mechanics, applied mathematics, structural dynamics and computational methods. These, combined with an atmosphere of truly inter-disciplinary thinking and open-minded approach allows them to conduct internationally leading research. Some of the publications appearing in prestigious international journals from these research works can be found in the above links.

Potential PhD studentsMRes project students (one year project) and post-doctoral scholars interested in any of the above areas, or areas related to them, please contact Professor Adhikari directly. 

Academic visitors, willing to spend some time in Swansea to collaborate in any of the above areas are also welcome.

Fully funded scholarships are available for highly motivated students.