Prof Adhikari is the chair of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering of Swansea University (from April 2007). He was an Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder from the Royal Society, London (UK academy of sciences). He was an Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) Advanced Research Fellow (September 04-August 09) and winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2007) in Engineering (given to an outstanding scholar under the age of 35). He received his PhD in 2001 as a Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust scholar at the Trinity College from the University of Cambridge. He was a lecturer at the Bristol University (January 03-March 07) and a Junior Research Fellow in Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (September 01-January 03).
Professor Adhikari's research areas are multidisciplinary in nature and include uncertainty quantification in computational mechanics, bio & nanomechanics (nanotubes, graphene, cell mechanics, nano-bio sensors), dynamics of complex systems, inverse problems for linear and non-linear dynamics and vibration energy harvesting. He published more than 230 peer reviewed journal papers and 150 conference papers in these areas