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Dr. C. 'Nat' Nataraj

Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Moritz, Sr. Endowed Chair Professor in Engineered Systems

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  • Ph.D. in Engineering Science, Arizona State University
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology
Short Bio

I am the Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Moritz, Sr., Endowed Professor in Engineered Systems at Villanova University. I currently lead the Villanova Center for Analytics of Dynamic Systems (VCADS). I have had extensive teaching, research and administrative experience. I have authored a text book and 200+ articles. I have received funding of over $11 million. I have developed and taught 16 undergraduate and graduate lecture courses, almost all labs in my department and have served as an adviser to many undergraduate design and research projects. I am a passionate advocate for education with personal attention and student mentoring. I also have dedicated volunteer service and leadership at professional, community and university levels. Some recent media involvement includes lead story in US News & World Report, a Philly Inquirer front-page article and a TEDx talk. I won the University level Outstanding Research Award and have been a runner-up for University Teaching Award. I am a life fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


My primary research interest is nonlinear dynamics of engineering systems. The application areas for my research have been unmanned systems and autonomy, robotics, rotor dynamics, magnetic bearings, vibration and diagnostics. Please browse the VCADS website for publications from my research team. Also provided are descriptions of research projects, grants, etc.

All credit goes to my research team!


I am fortunate to be at Villanova where teaching is valued and appreciated, and is not treated like a chore that interferes with research! I have taught many classes, but have recently settled down to teaching four graduate courses in a four-semester sequence. Read more.

Administration Overview
  • I helped found and led the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics & Control from 2002 to 2007. CENDAC, as we called it, is thriving as an interdisciplinary research center.
  • I stepped down from CENDAC to serve as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for eight hectic years.
  • I am currently Director of VCADS.