Fadil Santosa is a professor and the department head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. His research focuses on inverse problems, nondestructive testing, wave phenomena, optics, photonics, optimization, optimal design, homogenization methods, and financial mathematics.

Santosa’s is working on a symbol-based approach to bar code decoding from cameras and studying electromagnetic wave phenomena in metallic 2-D materials, resonance phenomena infinite optical structures, and phaseless inverse scattering. He holds two patents: one for multifocal optical device design and another for symbol-based decoding of optical codes.

He earned his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1976, and both his MS and Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1977 and 1980, respectively.