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Dr. Manhar Dhanak is the Director of The Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering, SeaTech, the Director of Engineering Research for the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center and a professor in the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University. His research interests are in hydrodynamics and physical oceanography. Dhanak serves on the Board of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) and is the Chair of the Florida COOS Consortium. He is a graduate of the University of London and has served as a Research Fellow at Imperial College, London, as a Research Scientist at Topexpress, Cambridge, UK and as a Senior Research Associate at University of Cambridge before joining FAU.

Dhanak is one of the early users of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) as mobile platforms for oceanographic observations, including measurement of ocean turbulence. He has participated in at-sea AUV-based observational experiments in the Mediterranean and the coasts of Bermuda and Florida and has carried out research funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the National Science Foundation. Dhanak was the Principal Investigator (PI) on ONR's National Naval Responsibility for Naval Engineers program at FAU, is currently PI on ongoing ONR-funded programs in advanced autonomous surface vehicles and development of advanced-vehicle hydrodynamic assessment tools, a co-PI on a $2M project in ONR's Seabasing program, and a co-PI on FAU's Center of Excellence in Ocean Energy Technology. He has consulted on development of several outfalls off the U.S. east coast and water intake systems for power plants in Mexico and the Philippines. He provided expert witness testimonies for a fatal air crash in the Bahamas and for wave-induced coastal damage in Baja-California. He is the author of several publications in scientific journals.

Dhanak has served on the Governing Board of the Consortium of Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) and is currently an institutional representative on the Consortium of Ocean Leadership. He has previously served on the Boards of South Florida Ocean Measurement Center.

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Florida Atlantic University is a public university serving 27,000 students on seven campuses in South Florida. Please note that content shared or posted may be subject to Florida's Public Records Law. fau.edu.

Since its inception in 1965, the FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science now encompasses three academic departments and nine technical disciplines.

Known for strong teaching and advising, diversity of the student body, K-14 outreach programs, collaborations with business and industry, and quality and quantity of research, the College intends to be an institution of choice in southeast Florida. eng.fau.edu

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