Vistasp Karbhari, the former
provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of
Alabama in Huntsville and a renowned engineer and researcher in composite
materials and structural engineering, begins his tenure today as the eighth
president of The University of Texas at Arlington.
Karbhari succeeds James D. Spaniolo and will lead an institution
recognized for its world-class research program, attracting top-tier
students and faculty members and garnering international attention for
its successful online initiatives and diverse student population.
am humbled by the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of President
Spaniolo and others, including President Wendell Nedderman, who built
this great institution to where it stands today – poised to take the
next step toward Tier One status,” Karbhari said. “UT Arlington is a
model for the 21st century urban university, a shining
example in the areas of educational excellence, delivery, access and
translation of research to practice.”
Pedro Reyes, executive vice
chancellor for academic affairs for The University of Texas System, said
Karbhari will capitalize on UT Arlington’s rapid growth and momentum.
am confident under Dr. Karbhari’s leadership UT Arlington will continue
to advance its national research goals and excel in academic
excellence, taking the university to new heights,” Reyes said.
Arlington’s total research expenditures have more than tripled over the
past decade to $71.4 million last year, fueled by increasing expertise
in engineering, science, nursing and many other areas.
is up 35 percent over the past 10 years, with remarkable growth in the
College of Nursing, the College of Science, the College of Education and
Health Professions and the School of Social Work. UT Arlington is also
noted for its College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and its
School of Architecture, the only school of its kind in North Texas.
achievement continues to climb. About 27 percent of entering freshmen
graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and about 70
percent ranked in the top 25 percent of their class.
Student Congress President Varun Mallipaddi said he looks forward to working with President Karbhari in the coming year.
are getting a proven researcher who is well versed in academia with a
vision of progressing all aspects of UT Arlington, which will greatly
benefit all Mavericks, past and present,” said Mallipaddi, a senior
College of Business finance major. “Our students are on board with the
University’s quest to attain Tier One status, and with our transition to
President Karbhari’s leadership, they should be rest assured of our
Karbhari is a noted researcher and scholar and
is a published author or co-author of more than 460 scientific papers in
archival journals and conference proceedings. He earned his bachelor’s
and master’s degrees from The University of Poona in India and his
doctorate from The University of Delaware, where he served on the
faculty of the College of Engineering and as a scientist at the Center
for Composite Materials.
In 1995, he joined the University of
California, San Diego, one of the top-ranked public research
universities in the nation, and served as a professor of structural
engineering and of materials science and engineering. He was appointed
UA Huntsville provost and executive vice president for academic affairs
UA Huntsville, a top-ranked public university, has
benefitted from its location near Redstone Arsenal, home to the U.S.
Army Aviation and Missile Command and major components of the Defense
Intelligence Agency and the Missile Defense Agency. The Carnegie
Foundation has rated the University as a “very high” research activity
Visit www.uta.edu/president to learn more about President Karbhari.
said he is committed to working with UT Arlington faculty, students,
staff, alumni and the community to build on North Texas’ assets and
industries to see the University achieve prominence in academics and
“Together, we will not just continue the journey toward
Tier One status, but we will become a world class institution, a
preeminent place for intellectual pursuits and a driver of positive
change,” Karbhari said.
About The University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research
institution of nearly 33,800 students and more than 2,200 faculty
members. UT Arlington is the second-largest member of the University of
Texas System and generated $71.4 million in research expenditures last
year, a sum that has tripled over the past decade. UT Arlington has
increasing expertise in bioengineering, medical diagnostics,
micomanufacturing, and defense and Homeland Security technologies, among
other areas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.