Sc.D., Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1964B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Bradley University, 1963

Dr. Miksad is Dean Emeritus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Virginia. He holds the Thomas M. Linville Endowed Professorship, and he is currently Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. He served as Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1994 to 2004. He was on the faculty of the College of Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin from 1974 to 1994, where he held positions as Chair of the Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department, and Associate Dean for Research. Prior to that he taught at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London England, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Miksad is the author, or co-author, of over 100 research publications. Dr. Miksad has conducted research in the areas of hydrodynamic stability, nonlinear dynamics of transition to turbulence, wave forces on offshore structures, and the atmospheric and oceanic transport of pollutants His current research is focused on paleo-hydrological engineering studies of Inca heritage sites in Peru.


  • Invited Presentation to the Peruvian Congress (“Saqsayhuaman Evaluatcion Desde La Optica De Enginieria y Rcomendaciones Para su Manejo”,Congreso de la Republica, Lima Peru, 21 Agosto 2013
  • Nominated to (Academia Panamericana de Ingenieria) the Pan American Academy of Engineering 2013
  • Elected “Profesor Honorario”, Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima Peru 2013

Research Interests

  • Paleo-Hydrological Engineering Studies Of Inca Heritage Sites In Peru
  • Hydrodynamic Stability
  • Nonlinear Dynamics Of Transition To Turbulence
  • Wave Forces On Offshore Structures
  • Atmospheric And Oceanic Transport Of Pollutants

Selected Publications

  • “Partial Reconstruction of Wavelet transforms: a Technique for Quantifying Amplitude Envelopes of Riser Response Modes”, Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Artic Engineering, Vol. 125, November, 2003 J.A. Pelstring, D.A. Jordon, R.W. Miksad
  • Measurement of the Instantaneous Characteristics of Natural Response of a Spar Platform Subjected to Irregular Wave Loading”, International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering, Volume 12, Number 1, pp 16-24, March 2002 L.M. Teisseire, M.G. Delafoy, D.A. Jordon, & R.W. Miksad
  • "Wavelet Analysis of the Transient Response of Spar Platforms", Intn'l Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering,, December, 1998 D. A. Jordan, D.C. Weggel, R.W. Miksad, and J.M. Roesset
  • “Spatial Coherence in the Wake of a Flat Plate”, Applied Mechanics Reviews, Volume 50, Number 11, Part 2, November, 1997 J.B. Davila, M.R. Hajj, R.W. Miksad, R.W., and E.J. Powers
  • “Implementation of the Continuous Wavelet Transform for Digital Time Series Analysis”, Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol 68, No. 3, pp 1984 - 1994, March 1997 D. Jordon, R.W. Miksad, and E.J. Powers