Michael Khonsari

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Michael M. Khonsari

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dow Chemical Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering

PhD, University of Texas at Austin


Tribology (friction, lubrication, and wear) • fatigue and fracture • materials degradation • irreversible thermodynamics.

Biographical Sketch

Professor Khonsari holds the Dow Chemical Endowed Chair. Before joining LSU, he was a faculty member at Ohio State University, Pittsburgh University, and Southern Illinois University. Concurrently, he served as a faculty research fellow at NASA Glenn (formerly Lewis) Research Center in Cleveland, the Department of Energy in Pittsburgh, and Wright-Patterson Air Force (Dayton). He is the director of the NSF Center for Innovations in Structural Integrity Assurance (CISIA). Prof. Khonsari was the Editor-in-Chief of ASME Journal of Tribology from 2012-2022. He currently serves on the editorial board of 10 scientific journals and is the Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering. Professor Khonsari is a Fellow of AAAS, NAI, ASME, and STLE. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including ASME Mayo Hersey, ASME Burt NewKirk, and NLGI Clarence E. Earle Memorial. He concurrently serves as Associate Commissioner for Research at the Louisiana Board of Regents. He is a Governor appointee to the Louisiana Innovation Council established in 2010.

Key Publications

  • Khonsari, M.M. and E.R. Booser Applied tribology: bearing design and lubrication, John Wiley & Sons, 3rd Edition, 2017.
  • Khonsari, M. M. and M. Amiri, Introduction to thermodynamics of mechanical fatigue, CRC Press, 2012.
  • Lu, X. and M. M. Khonsari, An experimental investigation of dimple effect on the stribeck curve of journal bearings, Tribology letters 27, 169-176, 2007
  • Naderi, M. Amiri, M.  and M. M. Khonsari, On the thermodynamic entropy of fatigue fracture, Proceedings of Royal Society, A, 2010.
  • Bryant, M. D., Khonsari, M. M., and Ling, FF, on the thermodynamics of degradation, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 2008