School of Engineering


Prof Sarp Adali


After working at METU, Turkey (19731976), Dr. Adali worked at CSIR (19771983), doing extensive work on optimal design of composite structures. From 1984 onwards, he was with the Mechanical Engineering Department of UKZN and was the Head of the Department between 2000 and 2005. He spent several sabbatical leaves at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA between 1986 and 2006. Dr Adali has more than 200 journal publications on composites/nano-mechanics and presently he is editorial board member of one national and 6 international journals.

Research interests

  • Design optimization 
  • Optimal design of composite laminates 
  • Nanocomposites 
  • Nano-mechanics 

Research profiles