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Associate Professor

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

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  • Ph.D., Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2006
  • M. Tech., Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India, and University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2000
  • B.E., Civil Engineering, Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli, India, 1996


Dr. Mulani’s research interests are uncertainty quantification, random vibrations, and multi-disciplinary optimization, especially of composite structures’ multi-scale analysis and design. He was awarded a DAAD fellowship to carry out master’s thesis work at the Universitat Stuttgart, Germany. His research on optimization using curvilinear stiffening for panels and wings is well-renowned. He is a senior member of AIAA, a member of the American Society for Composites, member of the German Aerospace Society. He is also an integral part of the Remote Sensing Center (https://rsc.ua.edu/) and leads the antennas’ design, manufacturing, and integration.

For more information about Dr. Mulani’s research, funding, and openings, please visit https://smolab.ua.edu/

Honors and Awards

  • DAAD Fellowship: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service), awarded for pursuing research at the Institut für Statik und Dynamik der Luft-und-Raumfahrtkonstruktionen, Uinverstität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany from May 1999 to February 2000.
  • Night on the Town: The General Electric Award is the recognition of the methodology developed for prediction of damping for shrouded buckets in the rotor and implemented successfully in the BDamper tool. It was awarded on 22nd June 2007.

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Vishe, N., Mulani, S. B., and Roy, S., “Mode-I Fatigue Crack Growth Mitigation by In-situ Healing in Thermoset CFRP Composite using Thermoplastic Healants,” AIAA Journal [accepted].
  • Vishe, N., Mulani, S. B., and Roy, S., “Repeatable Self-healing of Composite’s Fatigue Delamination,” Composite Structures, Vol. 311, 2023, 116846.
  • Gupta, S., Paudel, A., Thapa, M., Mulani, S. B., and Walters, R. W., “Optimal Sampling-Based Neural Networks for Uncertainty Quantification and Stochastic Optimization,” Aerospace Science and Technology, Vol. 133, 2023, 108109.
  • Paudel, A., Gupta, S., Thapa, M., Mulani, S. B., and Walters, R. W., “Higher-Order Taylor Series Expansion with Efficient Local Sensitivity Estimation for Uncertainty Quantification,” Aerospace Science and Technology, Vol. 126, 2022, 107574.
  • Römer, U., Bertsch, L., Mulani, S. B., and Schäffer, B., “Uncertainty Quantification for Aircraft Noise Emission Methods and Limitations,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 60, 2022, pp. 3020-3034.