Shivaji joined UNCG last fall and his appointment to the endowed professorship was effective earlier this year. Funds for the professorships are made possible by the UNCG Excellence Foundation Inc. Shivaji earned a PhD in 1981 from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Prior to joining UNCG, he served for 26 years at Mississippi State University, where he was honored as a W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor.
His area of specialization is partial differential equations, in particular, nonlinear elliptic boundary valve problems. His research work has applications in combustion theory, chemical reactor theory and population dynamics, and it has been funded by the National Science Foundation for several years. He has authored more than 100 research papers and presented more than 150 research talks at conferences and international institutions.