Anil K. Kar, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, who has made wide-ranging contributions to the science and practice of civil engineering – including pioneering the invention of the C-bar, which will significantly enhance the life span of concrete structures – is the recipient of ASCE’s Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research.
Proprietor of Engineering Services International and chairman and managing director of Engineering Services International Private Limited, Kar is well known in India and abroad for his contribution to the state-of-the-art in many areas of engineering. A recipient of ASCE’s State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award, Kar is the holder of several Indian and international patents and has more than 50 years’ experience in engineering management; research, analysis, and design for structural systems; engineering for nuclear power plant facilities in different countries; industrial and other projects; weapon design; missiles and explosion; shock and vibration; and structural rehabilitation.
Kar is credited with many innovative and award-winning designs, including the C-bar, a rebar with a plain surface and a deformed axis with a capacity to enhance the life span of concrete structures. He is also the developer of Permakar Technology for structural rehabilitation as well as waterproofing systems and protection of structures against corrosive elements, and he is the developer of the well-known Kar Formulae on the phenomenon of missile impact, used worldwide in weapon design and protective design for missile impact.
Working extensively on seismic qualification of equipment and systems for many nuclear power projects in India and abroad, his contributions in the area led to many improvements in the field of seismic qualification of nuclear power plant facilities. The semirigid seismic support systems for electrical cable trays and HVAC ducts, a standard design practice for all nuclear power plants worldwide since 1974, is another of Kar’s contributions. Kar also developed the highly ductile cement composite Karcrete, having exceptional strength in flexural tension and enormous capacity in energy absorption. This work led to the concept of deep slab in the design of very thick foundation slabs, and attendant savings in the cost of construction of such slabs.
Kar earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He is listed in International Who’s Who in Engineering, Who’s Who in the World, International Who’s Who of Intellectuals, 2000 Personalities of the Millennium, 5000 Personalities of the World, Who’s Who in the Commonwealth, Who’s Who in Asia, Who’s Who in the East, International Who’s Who in Community Service, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.