2017 SES Medalists and Fellows

2017 SES Medalists

2017 W. Prager Medalist

Yonggang Huang

Plenary Talk Title: Mechanically Guided, Deterministic Three-Dimensional Assembly

Bio: Yonggang Huang is the Walter P. Murphy Professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering, and Center for Bio-integrated Electronics at Northwestern University.  He is interested in mechanics of stretchable and flexible electronics, and mechanically guided deterministic 3D assembly.  He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and his other honors include the Larson Award (2003), Melville Medal (2004), Richards Award (2010), Drucker Medal (2013), and Nadai Medal (2016) from American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Young Investigator Medal (2006) and Prager Medal (2017) from the Society of Engineering Sciences; International Journal of Plasticity Medal (2007); and Guggenheim Fellowship (2008).  He is a Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering (2009) and a Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science (since 2014).


2017 G.I. Taylor Medalist

Nadine Aubry

Plenary Talk Title: From Particle Manipulation to Mixing in Microchannels

Bio: Nadine Aubry is University Distinguished Professor and dean of the College of Engineering at Northeastern University. Her research has focused on a number of fluid dynamics problems ranging from turbulence to microfluidics. She was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Fellow of American Physical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and National Academy of Inventors. Her leadership positions have included president of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (currently), chair of the U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and chair of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics. Before joining Northeastern, she was the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor, University Professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her Ph.D. from the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.


2017 James R. Rice Medalist

Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan

Plenary Talk Title: Science and Engineering of Shape

Bio: L Mahadevan is the England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, Physics and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He obtained his PhD from Stanford under the supervision of the mathematician Joseph Keller. He started his independent career on the faculty at MIT, and then moved to Cambridge University as the first Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems and a Fellow of Trinity College, before coming to Harvard in 2003. His interests center around using  experiment and  theory to understand the patterns of shape, flow and motion in living and nonliving matter, on scales that range from atomically thin graphene to plate tectonics, and from the statistical mechanics of DNA to the continuum mechanics of brain folding. His work has been recognized by many awards and lectureships such as the GI Taylor Lectureship at Cambridge University,  the Alan Tayler Lectureship in Mathematics at Oxford University, a Chaire Paris Sciences at ESPCI, Paris, a Miller Visiting Professorship at UC Berkeley,  and the Singleton Lectureship in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT,  among others. He is the recipient of a  MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.


2017 Young Investigator Medalists

Xuanhe Zhao

Talk Title: 3D Printing of Soft Living Machines: Modeling vs Experiments

Bio: Xuanhe Zhao is an associate professor in mechanical engineering at MIT. The current research goal of his group is to understand and design soft materials that possess unprecedented properties and functions for addressing grant societal challenges. Dr. Zhao is the recipient of early career award or young investigator award from National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Society of Engineering Science, American Vacuum Society and Adhesion Society. He held the Hunt Faculty Scholar at Duke and d’Arbeloff Career Development Chair and Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professor at MIT.


Oscar Lopez-Pamies

Talk Title: Fracture and Healing of Elastomers: Theory and Numerical Implementation

Bio: Oscar Lopez-Pamies received his B.S. degree in Mathematics and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2001 and 2002, and his Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania and Ecole Polytechnique (France) in 2006. He served on the Mechanical Engineering faculty of SUNY Stony Brook between 2007 and 2011 before joining the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently Associate Professor and CEE Excellence Faculty Fellow. Oscar’s research focuses on the development of mathematical theories and associated numerical methods to describe, explain, and predict the macroscopic behavior, stability, and failure of highly deformable heterogeneous solids directly in terms of their microscopic behavior. He is the recipient of a number of academic honors, including the Young Scientist Prize from the European Mechanics Society in 2009, the NSF CAREER award in 2011, the Journal of Applied Mechanics award in 2014, and the Young Investigator Medal from the Society of Engineering Science in 2017.


2017 SES Fellows

Mohammed A. Zikry

Bio: Mohammed A. Zikry is the Zan Prevost Smith Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He has received the Jefferson Science Fellowship (advisor to the Secretary of State, U.S. State Department), Senior Research Fulbright Award, the RJ Reynolds Award, the ALCOA Distinguished Research Award, NCSU Research Excellence Award, and the Ralph Teetor Research Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering. He has been awarded a Professeur, Premiere Classe, Strasbourg University, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), the editor in Chief of the ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, the Regional Editor for Mechanics of Materials, and was the Chair of the Executive Committee of ASME’s Material’s Division. He has also received the Alumni Award for Impact from the University of California, San Diego, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Kansas. He has been a senior research advisor to the Army Research Office and a consultant to numerous industries. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, his M.S. from the Johns Hopkins University, and his B.S. from the University of Kansas.


Martin Ostaja-Starzewski

Bio: Martin Ostoja-Starzewski did his undergraduate studies (1977) at the Cracow University of Technology, Poland, followed by Master’s (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees at McGill University, Canada.  His main research interests are in stochastic mechanics, thermomechanics and transport phenomena in random/fractal media, advanced continuum theories, and MRI-based modelling of traumatic brain injury.  He wrote 190+ journal papers and two books: 1. Microstructural Randomness and Scaling in Mechanics of Materials, CRC Press (2008); 2. Thermoelasticity with Finite Wave Speeds, Oxford Mathematical Monographs (2009).  He (co-)edited 15 books/journal special issues and co-organized numerous symposia and congresses.  He has been on the editorial boards of over a dozen journals.  He is co-Editor of the CRC Modern Mechanics and Mathematics book series as well as Chair Managing Editor of Mathematics and Mechanics of Complex Systems (MEMOCS) journal.  He is Fellow of ASME, AAM, WIF, and Assoc. Fellow of AIAA. In the winter of 2012 he was Timoshenko Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University.  Since 2014 he is Site co-Director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures.