SPEAKERS

Prof. Zdenek P. Bazant 

Northwestern University

Born and educated in Prague (Ph.D. 1963), Bazant joined Northwestern University in 1969, became Professor in 1973, and served as Director of Center for Geomaterials (1981-87).   Since 1990 he has been W.P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Mechanical Eng.  and Materials Science, and since 2002 concurrently McCormick Institute Professor. He was inducted to the US National Academy of Sciences, US National Academy of Engrg., Am. Acad. of Arts & Sciences, Royal Society London, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Italian National Academy (dei Lincei), Spanish Royal Acad. of Engrg., Istituto Lombardo (Milan), Acad. of Engrg. of Czech Rep., Acad. of Athens, Indian Nat.  Acad. of Engrg. and Academia Europaea (London). He was editor-in-chief of ASCE J. of Engrg. Mechanics, and is Regional Editor of Int.  J. of Fracture; was president of Soc.  of Engrg.  Science, founding president of IA-FRAMCOS and of IA-CONCREEP;  Division Director in IA-SMiRT; member of US Nat.  Comm.  on Theor.  & Appl.  Mech.; and chaired many committees in ASCE, RILEM, ACI, SES and IA-SMiRT. He is an Illinois Registered Struct.

In 2015, ASCE created ZP Bazant Medal for Failure and Damage Prevention.  His honors:  Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art I. Class, from Austrian President, 2016; 7 honorary doctorates–CTU Prague, UC Boulder, Politecnico di Milano, TU Karlsruhe, INSA Lyon, TU Vienna, Ohio State Univ., Columbus; Honorary Member of ASME, ASCE, ACI and RILEM; SES Prager Medal; ASME Medal, ASME Timoshenko Medal, Warner Medal and Nadai Medal; ASCE von Karman Medal; Freudenthal Medal, Newmark Medal, Biot Medal, Mindlin Medal, Croes Medal, Lifetime Achievement Award, Huber Prize and TY Lin Award; Torroja Medal (Spain); RILEM L’Hermite Medal; Solın, Bazant (Sr.)  & Stodola Medals (Czechia, Slovakia); IACMAG  Outstanding Contrib.  Award; ICOSSAR Lecture Award; SEAOI Meritorious Paper Award; Best Engrg. Eng. Book of the Year (SAP); Medal of Czech Soc. for Mech. (which also created  ZP  Bazant Prize for Eng.   Mech,);  National Winner of 1955 Math.   Olympics of Czechoslovakia; and Guggenheim, NATO, Ford, Humboldt, JSPS & Kajima Fellowships. Honored by Special Issues of Int. J. of Solids & Structures and Int. J. of Fracture, and by 60th, 70th, 75th  and 80th  birthday workshops & Proc.  He authored 8 books (on concrete creep, hygrothermal  effects, scaling of structural  strength,  inelastic analysis, fracture and size effect, quasibrittle  probabilistic mechanics, stability of structures, concrete at high temperature) and >600 refereed journal articles. H-index: 124, citations:  68,000 (on Google, Jan 2019, incl.  self-cit.), i10 index:  616.  He is one of the original top 100 ISI Highly Cited Scientists in Engrg.  (www.ISIhighlycited.com.) His 1959 mass-produced patent of safety ski binding is exhibited in New England Ski Museum in Franconia, NH.

Prof. Paulo Branicio

University of Southern California

Paulo Branicio is currently an assistant professor at the University of Southern California (www.usc.edu) where he runs the Branicio Research Lab (branicio.usc.edu). He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), São Carlos, Brazil. He was a Postdoc researcher at the Louisiana State University (LSU), and the University of Southern California, USA. During 2008-2016 he was an IHPC Independent Investigator, Scientist and Senior Scientist at the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) – A*STAR, Singapore. In 2017, he joined USC as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Paulo has co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications. His research interests include molecular dynamics simulations of metals and ceramics under extreme conditions, nanostructured high strength ceramics, metallic glasses, phase change materials for data storage, and scalable parallel algorithms for data mining and structure analysis. He is a member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports.

Prof. Arief Budiman

Singapore University of Technology & Design

Arief Budiman received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University, CA in 2008. During his doctoral candidacy at Stanford’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering under the supervision of Professor William D. Nix (MRS Von Hippel Award 2007), Dr. Budiman received several research awards (MRS Graduate Silver Award 2006, MRS Best Paper 2006) and contributed to several high-impact journal publications. Currently, at  SUTD, Professor Budiman is leading a dynamic, young group researching nanomaterials and nanomechanics and their implications for extending the extreme limits of materials as well as their applications in the next generation energy technologies. He spent a year in MIT as part of SUTD-MIT faculty immersion program. Dr. Budiman has authored 80+ high-impact journal publications (Acta Materialia, etc.). He has also recently published a book “Probing Crystal Plasticity at the Nanoscales – Synchrotron X-ray Microdiffraction” (Springer 2015). He has two U. S. Patents and one pending.

Prof. Xi Chen

Columbia University 

Dr. Xi Chen received his B.S. from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1994, M.S. from Tsinghua University in 1997, and Ph.D. in Solid Mechanics from Harvard University in 2001. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University from 2001-2003. Prof. John Hutchinson was his Ph.D. and postdoc advisor. He joined Columbia University in 2003 and was promoted through the ranks. He uses multiscale theoretical, experimental, and numerical approaches to investigate various research frontiers in materials addressing challenges in energy and environment, nanomechanics, and mechanobiology. He has published over 300 journal papers with a h-index over 54. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2007, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2008, ASME Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award in 2010, SES Young Investigator Medal in 2011, ASME Thomas J. R. Hughes Young Investigator Award in 2012, and a number of international recognitions from Japan, Korea and China. He is a Fellow of ASME and chaired its Materials Division in 2017.

Prof. Huck Beng Chew

University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign

Dr. Huck Beng Chew received his PhD in 2007 under a President Graduate Fellowship from the National University of Singapore, where he focused on the micromechanics of fracture and failure of complex multilayered materials. He joined Brown University as a post-doc, where his expanded his research interests to include atomistic modeling of materials. Chew joined the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an assistant professor in 2011, and later as an associate professor in 2017, where his research focuses on the nano and micromechanics of small-scale material structures using multi-scale computational simulations. He received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2017. He has authored/coauthored over 40 papers in journals such as Nano Letters, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Physical Review, and the Royal Society Proceedings.

Prof. Ming Dao

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ming Dao is the Principal Investigator and Director of MIT’s Nanomechanics Laboratory, a Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. He obtained his BS in engineering mechanics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and his PhD in materials science from University of California at San Diego. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and received twice the best paper award from Japan Institute of Metals and Materials (2006 & 2013). He was named the 2012 Singapore Research Chair Professor in Bioengineering and Infectious Disease by MIT, and was a visiting professor with French National Blood Transfusion Institute (INTS, 2016-2017). He is an adjunct professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, and a visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University. His research interests include nanomechanics of advanced materials, and cell biomechanics/biophysics of human diseases. He has published more than 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Prof. Daining Fang

Beijing Institute of Technology

Prof. Daining Fang received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from Nanjing Chemical University, and Ph.D. degree from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University in 1995, and has become Chair Professor and Vice Dean of College of Engineering in Peking University since 2009. He became Vice President of Beijing Institute of Technology. He has been elected as Academician of Chinese Academy of Science since 2013. He is currently Vice Chairman of Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Prof. Norman A. Fleck

University of Cambridge

Norman A. Fleck is Professor of Mechanics of Materials at the University of Cambridge and the founding director of the Cambridge Centre for Micromechanics.  Fleck received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge in 1979 and 1984, respectively. He is a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the Koiter Medal by ASME (2013), the Griffith Medal by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2014), and the Solid Mechanics Prize by Euromech (2015). Fleck holds an honorary doctorate from Eindhoven University of Technology, where he was appointed Distinguish Professor (2015). He is combining experiment and new constitutive models to understand material deformation and failure and has a particular interest in microarchitectured materials.  He has published over 350 papers and he has been distinguished as ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering.

Prof. Huajian Gao

Brown University

Huajian Gao received his Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Harvard University in 1988. He served on the faculty of Stanford University from 1988-2002, and as a Director of the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research from 2001-2006. At present, he is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Engineering at Brown University. His research is focused on the understanding of basic principles that control mechanical properties and behaviors of materials in both engineering and biological systems. He is Member of National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Germany National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. He is also the recipient of numerous academic honors, including the Rodney Hill Prize in Solid Mechanics from International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Theodor von Karman Medal from American Society of Civil Engineers.

Prof. Antonios E. Giannakopoulos

National Technical University of Athens

Born in Athens, Greece 25/3/1961.

Since 2016
Professor, Dept of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
National Technical University of Athens
Since 2006
Professor, Dept of Civil Engineering
University of Thessaly
2001-2006
Associate Professor, Dept of Civil Engineering
University of Thessaly
1997-2001
Senior Research Scientist, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, USA
1995-1997
Visiting Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
MIT, USA
1988-1990 and 1991-1996
Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Solid Mechanics
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Academic degrees:

1983
Dip. Eng., National Technical University of Athens
1987
Masters of Science, Solid Mechanics, Brown University, USA
1987
Masters of Science, Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA
1989
Ph.D., Solid Mechanics, Brown University, USA
1993
Docent, Royal Inst. of Technology, Sweden
1998-2001
Deputy Editor
Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia

Author of more than 120 scientific papers and received a total of about 2 million Euro grands.

Prof. Julia R. Greer

California Institute of Technology

Greer’s research focuses on designing materials with multi-scale microstructural hierarchy, that utilize three-dimensional (3D) architectures with nanoscale-induced material properties. These nano-architected meta-materials provide a rich “playground” for fundamental science and can enable new advances in smart and lightweight multifunctional materials, energy storage, nanophotonics, and additive manufacturing. Greer is a full professor (Mettler Chair effective July 2019) at Caltech with appointments in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Medical Engineering. She has >140 publications and has delivered >100 invited lectures. She was named a Vannevar-Bush Faculty Fellow (2016) and CNN’s 20/20 Visionary (2016). Her work was recognized as a Top-10 Breakthrough Technology (2015). Greer was named one of “100 Most Creative People” by Fast Company and a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum (2014) and received multiple career awards: Kavli (2014), Nano Letters, SES, and TMS (2013); NASA, ASME (2012), Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2012), DOE (2011), DARPA (2009), and TR-35, (2008).

Dr. Tianfu Guo

Institute of High Performance Computing

A*STAR, Singapore

Tianfu received his M.Eng in Computational Mechanics from Dalian University of Technology in 1989 and his PhD in Solid Mechanics from Tsinghua University in 1992. He received his postdoctoral training at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 1992-1994 and subsequently served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Mechanics at Tsinghua University from 1995-1998. During his tenure in Tsinghua University, he received the Top Prize for Advances in Science and Technology on Macro-Meso Constitutive Laws and Fracture from the China State Commission of Education in 1995 and Excellent Young Teacher Award from Tsinghua University in 1997. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, as a Visiting Scientist and Research Fellow from 1998-2009.  He is now a Senior Scientist (III) at the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), A*STAR, Singapore. His research interests include ductile damage and fracture, materials modeling and simulation, and surface instability of soft matter.  He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as J. Mech. Phys. Solids, Int. J. PlasticityInt. J. Solids Struct., Acta Mater.Phys. Rev.  Lett., and  Soft Matter.

Prof. Wanlin Guo

Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, chair Professor in mechanics and nanoscience, founder and director of the Key Laboratory of Intelligent Nano Materials and Devices of Ministry of Education and the Institute of Nanoscience of Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He received the National Science Foundation of China for Distinguished Young Scholars in 1996 and the honor of Cheung Kong Scholars in 1999. In 2012, he obtained the National Nature Science Prize of China. He has published 400+ refereed papers in journals such as Nature Nanotech, Nature Comm., Phys. Rev. Lett., Nano Lett., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Adv. Mater., J. Mech. Phys. Solids et al.  His current research focuses on 1) three dimensional fatigue fracture and damage tolerance and durability design of structures at high temperature; 2) intelligent nano materials and devices, multiscale physical mechanics, novel conception and technology for efficient energy conversion; 3) Hydrovoltaics and brain-like intelligence.

Prof. Chaobin He

National University of Singapore

Dr. Chaobin He received his Ph.D. degree from Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge in 1995. After graduation, Dr. He worked in Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge as a postdoctoral associate for two years and later in the USM, USA for another two years before he joined the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) under the agency for science, technology and research (A-star) in 1999. Currently Dr. He is an associate professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore, and holds a joint appointed position as a Principal Scientist at IMRE.  His current research interests are in the areas of polymer nano-structured materials, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, and block copolymers and self-assembly.

Prof. Odd Sture Hopperstad

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim

Odd Sture Hopperstad is professor at Department of Structural Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. He earned his doctoral degree at NTNU in 1993 and was appointed professor in 1998. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences and the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. Professor Hopperstad’s research activities are mainly within materials mechanics, ductile fracture, formability, crashworthiness and structural impact. Within these fields, Hopperstad has authored/co-authored about 250 articles in international journals with peer review. He has supervised/co-supervised 40 PhD students in the past and is currently supervising/co-supervising 15 PhD students. He is Research Director of the Centre of Research-based Innovation CASA at NTNU and the principal investigator of the Toppforsk-project FractAl. Since 2010, he has been Associate Editor in European Journal of Mechanics – A/Solids.

Prof. K. Jimmy Hsia

Nanyang Technological University Singapore

K. Jimmy Hsia is Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and Dean of Graduate College at NTU. He received his B.S. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and his Ph.D. from MIT. He is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and recipient of NSF Research Initiation Award, Max-Planck Society Scholarship, and Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship. Before joining NTU, Hsia was Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and before then was W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). From 2005-2007, Hsia served as Founding Director of Nano and Bio Mechanics Program in the Directorate for Engineering at NSF. He served as Associate Dean of Graduate College and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for New Initiatives at UIUC. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of an Elsevier journal, Extreme Mechanics Letters.

Prof. Yonggang Huang

Northwestern University

Yonggang Huang is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering 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, a member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a foreign member of Academia Europaea, and a foreign member of Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research awards in the past 5 years include the Drucker Medal (2013) and Nadai Medal (2016) from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science (since 2014) and in Physics (since 2018); Prager Medal (2017) from the Society of Engineering Sciences; and Bazant Medal (2018) from the American Society of Civil Engineers.  His recognitions for undergraduate teaching in the past 5 years include the Cole-Higgins Award for Excellence in Teaching (2016), McCormick School of Engineering; and on the Associated Student Government Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll (2018), Northwestern University.  He is the Editor of Journal of Applied Mechanics, and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division.

Prof. Rui Huang

The University of Texas at Austin

Rui Huang received his Bachelor degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1994 and his PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with specialty in Mechanics, Materials, and Structures, from Princeton University in 2001. He joined the University of Texas at Austin as an Assistant Professor in September 2002 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008 and Professor in 2014. He has published over 100 journal papers in the areas of fracture mechanics, thin films, nanomechanics, and soft materials. He is an elected Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Prof. John W. Hutchinson

Harvard University

John Hutchinson received his undergraduate education in engineering mechanics at Lehigh University and his graduate education in mechanical engineering at Harvard University. He joined the Harvard faculty in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 1964 and is currently the Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering Emeritus. Hutchinson and his collaborators work on problems in solid mechanics concerned with engineering materials and structures. Buckling, structural stability, elasticity, plasticity, fracture and micro-mechanics are all relevant in their research.  Examples of ongoing research activities are: (1) efforts to extend plasticity theory to small scales, (2) instabilities in soft materials and shell structures, (3) fracture mechanics of tough ductile alloys, and (4) the mechanics of thin films, coatings and multilayers. Hutchinson is a Fellow of the ASME, a member of the US National Academies of Engineering and Sciences, and a foreign member of the Royal Society of London.

Prof. Baohua Ji

Zhejiang University

Dr. Baohua Ji is the professor of Department of Engineering Mechanics, Zhejiang University. He got his B.S and Ph.D degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University of China in 1993 and 1998, respectively. He did his postdoc research at Institute of Mechanics of Chinese Academy of Science during 1998-2001, and at Max-Planck Institute for Metal Research during 2001-2004. Dr. Ji has received many awards including Distinguished Young Scientist Award of the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2009), the NSFC Distinguished Young Scholar Award (2010), and Ten-thousand Talents: National special support program for high-level personnel recruitment (2017). His Interests includes cell-matrix interaction, cell migration, and molecular biomechanics. The objective of his research is to provide a quantitative understanding of how forces and deformation affect human health and disease at tissue, cellular and molecular levels.

Prof. Jian Lu

City University of Hong Kong

Prof. Jian LU is Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Vice-President (Research &Technology) and Dean of graduate studies at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He obtained the Dip. Ing., Master (DEA) degree and Doctoral degree from University of Technology of Compiegne in 1984 and 1986 respectively. He received his Habilitation from Sorbonne University (Paris 6) in 1993. From 1994 to 2005, he was appointed as Head of Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering at the University of Technology of Troyes, France. He has published more than 350 SCI journal papers including papers in Nature (cover story), Science, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Materials Today, Advanced Materials, PRL, Acta Materialia, and JMPS. He received the French Knight of the National Order of Merit and French Knight of the National Order of Légion d’Honneur in 2006 & 2017 respectively. He was elected as an academician by the National Academy of Technologies of France in 2011. He received the Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Award from the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2018.

Prof. Nadia Lapusta

California Institute of Technology

Nadia Lapusta is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Geophysics at the California Institute of Technology.  In 1994, she has received her undergraduate degree (Diploma with Highest Honors) in Mechanics and Applied Mathematics at Taras Shevchenko Kiev State University (now Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) in Ukraine. She continued her education at Harvard University, receiving her S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Sciences in 1996 and 2001, respectively.  Professor Lapusta’s interdisciplinary research group works in the areas of computational mechanics of geomaterials, earthquake source processes, fundamentals of friction and fracture, and solid-fluid interactions.

Prof. Magnus Langseth

Norwegian University of Science & Technology

Magnus Langseth is a professor at the Department of Structural Engineering at NTNU and at the same time the Director of CASA – Centre for Research-based Innovation for the period 2015-2023. Professor Langseth was in 2005 awarded the “Médaille Albert Portevin”, Société Francaise de Métallurgie et de Matériaux. In 2009 he was honoured with the title of ”Docteur Honoris Causa” at the Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Impact Engineering and serves as a member of the governing board of DYMAT. The research of Professor Langseth is linked to impact and crashworthiness of aluminium and steel structures, structural joints, lightweight ballistic protection as well as blast loading and response of structures. Included here is the development of test facilities for material testing at elevated rates of strain as well as facilities for impact, blast and crashworthiness testing of components and structures.

Prof. Bin Liu

Tsinghua University

Dr. Bin Liu is currently a professor at Tsinghua University in China. He got his bachelor and PhD degrees majored in mechanics from Tsinghua University in 1996 and 2001, respectively. He spent three years, from 2001 to 2004, working as a postdoctoral research associate in Prof. Yonggang Huang’s group at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the United States. He then visited Germany as a Humboldt research fellow and worked with Prof. Huajian Gao in Max-Plank institute from 2004 to 2005. He returned to China and joined the faculty of Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University in 2005. His research interests include multiple scales and multiple physics simulation method, fracture mechanics, and composite mechanics. He is the editorial board member of International Journal of Plasticity and Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience. He has published more than 110 journal articles and 3 book chapters.

Prof. Jun Lou

Rice University

Jun Lou obtained B.E. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University and Ohio State University, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Princeton Materials Institute at Princeton University. After a short postdoc stint at Brown University, he joined Rice University and is currently a full professor and the associate chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. Jun Lou has extensive experience in the synthesis and design of 2D materials beyond Graphene and other nanomaterials; nanomechanical and multi-physics characterization, and fabrication of advanced material systems and devices. He serves as the site director for the NSF industry university collaborative research center (IUCRC) of Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC), exploring potential applications of 2D materials in different industries with commercial partners. He is also the co-Editor-in-Chief of Materials Today.

Prof. Xiaoyan Li

Tsinghua University

Xiaoyan Li is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University in 2007. After that, he received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University in 2012. His current research interests focus on deformation and fracture mechanisms/behaviours of nanostructured materials (including nanocrystalline and nanotwinned materials, low-dimensional materials), energy storage materials and mechanical metamaterials, and on design and fabrication of mechanical metamaterials and high entropy alloys.

Prof. Robert M. McMeeking

University of California, Santa Barbara

Robert McMeeking attended Glasgow and Brown Universities and was postdoc at Stanford, joining the Illinois University faculty in 1978.  He moved to UCSB in 1985, was department chair for 7 years, and is Tony Evans Distinguished Professor.  He is also Sixth Century Professor at Aberdeen University, Leibniz Professor in Saarbrücken Germany, and publishes papers on mechanics of materials.  McMeeking was Editor of the Journal of Applied Mechanics for 10 years. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of ASME, of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  He won a Humboldt Prize in 2006, again in 2013, and received a Humboldt Alumni Award in 2018.  He was given the Brown Engineering Alumni Medal in 2007, and the Prager and Timoshenko Medals in 2014.  In 2018 McMeeking was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering by the University of Glasgow.

Prof. R. Narasimhan

Indian Institute of Science

Professor R. Narasimhan received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1982 and Masters and Doctoral degrees from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, in 1983 and 1986. After working for four years at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, he joined Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 1991 where he is presently J.C.Bose National Fellow and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests are Computational Solid Mechanics, Nonlinear and Dynamic Fracture Mechanics. He is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy and Indian National Academy of Engineering. Also, he has served as member of the Editorial Boards of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, International Journal of Fracture and Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids.

Prof. Alan Needleman

Texas A & M University

Alan Needleman received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966 and his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1971. He spent five years in Applied Mathematics at MIT before moving to Brown University. He retired from Brown in 2009 and moved to the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of North Texas. In 2015 he joined Texas A&M University where he is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Needleman is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was awarded the Prager Medal by the Society of Engineering Science and the Timoshenko Medal by ASME. He holds honorary doctorates from the Technical University of Denmark and Ecole Normale Superior de Cachan (France), and is an Honorary Professor of Dalian University of Technology (China).

Prof. Kim Lau Nielsen

Technical University of Denmark

Kim Lau Nielsen received his Ph.D degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 2010. In the period 2010-2013, he engaged as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Section of Solid Mechanics at DTU and participated in projects on “Plasticity Across the Scale” and “Higher Order Theories in solid mechanics”. In 2013, he continued as Assistant professor and since 2014 he has taken on the position as Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, DTU. He became a VILLUM Young investigator that same year. His research interests include advanced numerical modeling of both manufacturing processes and structural mechanics, and span topics such as conventional and higher order plasticity, crystal plasticity, fracture and damage mechanics. The primary focus in his work is on the development and implementation of numerical procedures that accommodate new material models and novel analyses.

Prof. Christian Frithiof Niordson

Technical University of Denmark

Christian Niordson is professor of Solid Mechanics at Technical University of Denmark. His research focuses on Mechanics of Materials with particular emphasis on numerical modeling of micron scale size-effects in metals, where experiments exhibit the general trend that ‘smaller is stronger’. He develops material models endowed with constitutive length scales, most often in a higher order continuum mechanical setting, to model micron scale plasticity. Within a continuum framework crystal plasticity and isotropic plasticity models are employed to account for the additional hardening that is associated with so-called geometrically necessary dislocations. The models provide insight into plasticity at small scales where external and internal interfaces affect dislocation motion. Applications include both the micron scale phenomena themselves, as well as their implications for macroscopic properties such as macroscopic yielding and fracture.

Prof. Michael Ortiz

California Institute of Technology

Professor Ortiz received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1984-1995 he held a faculty position in the Division of Engineering of Brown University, where he carried out research activities in the fields of mechanics of materials and computational solid mechanics. He is currently the Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, where he has been in the faculty since 1995 and where he has served as the director of Caltech’s DoE/PSAAP Center on High-Energy Density Dynamics of Materials from 2008-2013. Professor Ortiz has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at Caltech, Midwest and Southwest Mechanics Seminar Series Distinguished Speaker, an elected member-at-large of the US Association for Computational Mechanics and a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Technical University of Munich.

He is a Fellow of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering. Professor Ortiz is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior US Scientists, the IACM International Computational Mechanics Awards for Research, the USACM Computational Structural Mechanics Award, the ISI Highly Cited Researcher Award, the inaugural 2008 Rodney Hill Prize conferred every four years by the IUTAM and 2015 Timoshenko Medal of the ASME. Professor Ortiz has served in the University of California Office of the President Science and Technology Panel, the Los Alamos National Laboratory T-Division Review Committee, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Predictive Science Panel, the Sandia National Laboratories Engineering Sciences External Review Panel, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Chemistry, Materials, Earth and Life Sciences Directorate Review Committee, in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Engineering Directorate Review Committee and in the National Research Council Panel for the Evaluation of QMU. He has been editor of the Journal of Engineering Mechanics of ASCE and of the Journal of Applied Mechanics of the ASME and is presently associate editor of the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, the Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering and of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Journal.

Prof. Guruswami Ravichandaran

California Institute of Technology

Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran is the John E. Goode, Jr. Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Otis Booth Leadership Chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering (Solid Mechanics and Structures) from Brown University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Academy of Europe. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) and American Academy of Mechanics. He was named Chevalier de l’ordre des Palmes Academiques by the Republic of France. His awards include A.C. Eringen Medal from the Society of Engineering Science, Warner T. Koiter Medal from ASME, and William M. Murray Lecture Award from SEM. His research interests include mechanics of materials (deformation, damage, and failure), dynamic behavior, micro/nano mechanics, composites, active materials, cell mechanics, and experimental methods.

Prof. Upadrasta Ramamurty

Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Ramamurty did his PhD Brown University under the guidance of S. Suresh. After Post-doctoral stints at UCSB and MIT, he held faculty positions at NTU, Singapore, and IISc, Bangalore, before returning to NTU in August 2018. His current research interests include deformation and fracture behavior of amorphous as well as crystalline alloys, additive manufacturing, and the development and application of the nanoindentation technique. He published 260 papers in peer reviewed international journals and is an editor of Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia. He is an elected Fellow of both the National Academies of Engineering a d Sciences of India, and TWAS-The World Academy of Sciences, and is a recipient of the Scopus Young Scientist and National Metallurgist Day awards, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar and TWAS prizes (both in Engineering Sciences category), and Swarnajayanthi and JC Bose National Fellowships. He delivered the CNR Rao Prize Lecture in Advanced Materials of the Materials Research Society of India and the Lee Hsun Award Lecture of IMR, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is an Honorary Professor at the International Centre for Materials Science, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India and Qiushi Distinguished Visiting Professor of Zhejiang University, China.

Prof. James R. Rice

Harvard University

James R. Rice, born 1940 in Frederick, MD, USA, is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Engineering Sciences and Geophysics at Harvard, appointed jointly in its School of Engineering and Applied Science and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. From 1965 to 1981 he was a faculty member in the Division of Engineering at Brown. His prior education was at Lehigh, with a 1962 Sc.B. in engineering mechanics, and a 1963 Sc.M. and 1964 Ph.D. in applied mechanics. Rice’s research of recent years focuses on the mechanics and related hydrologic, materials, and thermal science underlying earth and environmental processes. That has included earthquake nucleation and rupture propagation, landslides, aseismic deformation transients, and more recently, tsunami propagation and melt-water interactions with glacier and ice sheet dynamics. Much of that research involves pore fluid interactions with the deformation and rupture. Earlier, his work addressed plastic deformation and cracking processes in mechanical and materials engineering, and related analytical and finite-element computational methodology.

For his publications (many downloadable), see http://esag.harvard.edu/rice/RicePubs.html (last updated 2016), and for a fuller cv, see http://esag.harvard.edu/rice/RiceCV.html. (last updated 2015). His contributions have been recognized by award of the Timoshenko and Nadai  Medals, as well as the 2016 ASME Medal, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, by the von Karman, Biot, and Mindlin  medals of the American Society of Civil Engineers, by the Bucher Medal of the American Geophysical Union, by the Louis Néel Medal of the European Geosciences Union, and by the Reid Medal of the Seismological Society of America.  He has been elected to the USA National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Science, to foreign membership in the Royal Society, London, and in the French Académie des Sciences. Also, he has received honorary doctorates from several universities: Lehigh Univ.,1985; Northwestern Univ.,1996; Brown Univ.,1997;  Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, 1999; Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), 2005;  and Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, 2012).

Prof. Robert O. Ritchie

Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Robert O. Ritchie is the H.T. & Jessie Chua Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments at the University of California Berkeley, and Faculty Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He holds M.A., Ph.D. and Sc.D. degrees in physics/materials science from Cambridge University. He is known for his research on the fracture and fatigue of engineering and biological materials, with current interests focused on bioinspired materials, the degradation of bone and other natural materials, and the fracture in multi-component alloys, notably bulk-metallic glasses and high-entropy alloys. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the U.K., and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Prof. Ares J. Rosakis

California Institute of Technology

B.A. & M.A. (1978), Oxford University, M.S. (1980) & Ph.D. (1983); Brown University. Assistant (1982-’88), Associate (1988-1993), Full Professor (1993-); Theodore von Kármán Professor Caltech, 2004-; F. Otis Booth Leadership Chair, 2013-2015; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, GALCIT (2004-2009); Dean, Division of Engineering and Applied Science (2009-2015), Caltech; Distinguished Visiting Professorships: École Normale Supérieure (2005); Astor Professor, Oxford , (2007); Nanyang Visiting Professor, NTU, (2018).

Awards: NSF-PYI, the White House; Kingslake Medal, (SPIE); Hetenyi, Lazan, Frocht, Murray, Harting, Theocaris Awards, Nemat-Nasser Medal, (SEM); Fellow: ASME, SEM, ICF, AAAS, AGU; Engrg. Alumni Medal, Brown U; Eringen Medal, SES; Von Karman Medal (ASCE); Thurston Award, Timoshenko Medal, (ASME).

Inductions: National Academy of Sciences, (NAS); National Academy of Engineering (NAE); American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Academia Europaea; European Academy of Sciences and Arts; Indian National Academy of Engineering; Academy of Athens; Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques , Republic of France.

Prof. Phoebus Rosakis

University of Crete

Phoebus Rosakis was born in Athens, Greece.  He holds a B.Sc. from Brown University  and a Ph.D. (Applied Mechanics) from Caltech. He was a Professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell University until 2003, where he received the  Barger  Award for Outstanding Teaching.  He moved back to Greece to help build the first Department of Applied Mathematics in Greece (University of Crete).  He is interested in modelling and mathematical analysis in challenging nonlinear problems of solid mechanics across scales and disciplines. Research highlights: the first theoretical models predicting supersonic motion of twins (with H.Y. Tsai) and supersonic dislocations under stress, the first actual measurement of  speed-stress relation  of  dislocations in a plasma crystal (with V. Nosenko), an explicit calculation of cleavage energy and phase boundary energy  in arbitrary  Bravais lattices, a highly successful  thermodynamic model for the stored energy of cold work in metals with experimental verification (with A.J. Rosakis and G. Ravichandran). More recently, models predicting cellular  locomotion based on the mechanosensing  hypothesis: cells detect external stress and evolve accordingly (with T.Y. Hou, Z. Zhang, G. Ravichandran);  the first explanation of cell-induced remodelling and deformation of fibrous extracellular matrix using the nonlinear elastic theory of martensitic transformations (with G. Grekas, M. Proestaki, J. Notbohm, C. Makridakis, G. Ravichandran).

Prof. Pradeep Sharma

University of Houston

Pradeep Sharma is the M.D. Anderson Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering. He also has a joint appointment in the Department of Physics. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in the year 2000. Subsequent to his doctoral degree, he was employed at General Electric R & D for more than three years as a research scientist. There he worked in two simultaneous programs on Nanotechnology and Photonics apart from basic research in problems of theoretical and computational materials science. He joined the department of mechanical engineering at University of Houston in January 2004. His honors and awards include the Young Investigators Award from Office of Naval Research, Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award from the ASME, Texas Space Grants Consortium New Investigators Program Award, the Fulbright fellowship, the Melville medal, the James. R. Rice medal and the University of Houston Research Excellence Award. He is a fellow of the ASME, the associate editor of the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids and serves on the editorial board of several other journals.

Prof. Choon Fong Shih

National University of Singapore

Choon Fong Shih has been University Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since 2013. Prior to this position, he served as the Founding President of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) from 2008-2013. From 2000 to 2008 he was President of NUS. Shih is a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and US National Academy of Engineering. He has advisory roles with Peking University, SUSTech, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, American University of Sharjah, among others. In 2018, Shih received Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Medal.

Prof. Subra Suresh

Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Subra Suresh is President and Distinguished University Professor at NTU Singapore. He has authored three books, more than 300 research articles and 26 patent applications, and has co-founded a technology start-up. Suresh’s research has focused on the properties of engineered and biological materials and their implications for human diseases. He is a member of all three branches of the US National Academies – Engineering, Sciences, and Medicine. He has also been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors, and as a foreign member of science academies in China, France, Germany, India, and Spain. He has been awarded 18 honorary doctorate degrees from institutions in USA, UK, China, India, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, South Korea, Greece and Russia. He is an independent Director of the Boards of HP Inc., California, and Singapore Exchange, and a member of the Boards of NRF and A*STAR, Singapore.

Prof. David Srolovitz

University of Pennsylvania

David Srolovitz is the author of ~500 papers on topics in materials theory/simulations including defects, microstructure evolution, deformation, and film growth  and has an h-index of ~90 with ~30,000 literature citations.  He is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of MRS, TMS, ASM, and is the winner of the 2013 MRS Materials Theory Award.  Srolovitz studied Physics at Rutgers University and received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a staff member at Exxon Corporate Research and Los Alamos National Laboratory and then professor at the University of Michigan and Princeton University. He served as the Executive Director of the Institute of High Performance Computing and the Scientific Director of the Science and Engineering Research Council in Singapore. He is on leave from the University of Pennsylvania at the  City University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Zhigang Suo 

Harvard University

Zhigang Suo is Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics and Materials at Harvard University. He earned a bachelor degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1985, and a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in 1989.  Suo joined the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1989, Princeton University in 1997, and Harvard University in 2003.  His research centers on mechanics and materials.  Suo co-founded iMechanica.org, and is a founding co-editor-in-chief of Extreme Mechanics Letters. He was a member of the Executive Committee (2005-2010, Chair 2010) of the Applied Mechanics Division, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  Suo received the Humboldt Research Award, the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, the Special Achievement Award for Young Investigators in Applied Mechanics, the Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award, and the Prager Medal.  He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Prof. Vincent Tan

National University of Singapore

Dr. Vincent Tan is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS).  He obtained his B.Eng and M.Eng degrees from NUS and PhD in Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University, USA.  Dr. Tan’s current research projects cover multiscale modeling of heterogeneous materials, damage in composite materials and structures and ballistics. His research on concurrent multiscale methods and bioinspired composites have been presented in several invited seminars and his work on impact mechanics has resulted in a spin-off company. Dr. Tan is currently a member of the General Council of the International Association for Computational Mechanics and Vice President and Fellow of the Association for Computational Mechanics, Singapore.

Prof. Viggo Tvergaard

Technical University of Denmark

Viggo Tvergaard is a Professor Emer. of Solid Mechanics at the Technical University of Denmark. He got his Ph.D. in 1971 from the Technical University of Denmark, and his dr. techn. degree in 1978. His primary research interests are instabilities of structures and solids, the mechanics of materials, fracture mechanics, damage mechanics, and micromechanics. Since 1995 he is the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids. He is a foreign member of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the US National Academy of Engineering, and is an honorary member of ESIS, Eur. Struct. Integrity Soc. He obtained an Honorary Doctor Degree from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 1993. He received the 1998 Koiter Medal of ASME, the 2009 Euromech Solid Mechanics Prize, and the 2017 Timoshenko Medal of ASME. President of IUTAM from 2012 to 2016, now Vice-President of IUTAM.

Prof. Eric van der Giessen

University of Groningen

Erik Van der Giessen obtained his PhD degree from Delft University of Technology in 1988. He held a dual professor appointment at his alma mater in Engineering Mechanics and in Materials Science from 1992 till 2001. Since 2001 he is a professor in Applied Physics and affiliated with the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen. He is a member of the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received a few awards, such as the Warner T. Koiter Medal of the ASME in 2012 and the Solid Mechanics Prize of the European Society for Mechanics (euromech). Erik Van der Giessen has worked on the micromechanics of deformation and fracture of engineering metals and polymers. His current main research interest is multiscale modeling in biophysics and of biomaterials.

Prof. Biao Wang

Sun Yat-Sen University

Prof. Biao Wang is the Dean of Sino-French Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Technology (IFCEN), Winner of Cheung Kong Chair Professorship of the Ministry of Education of China (2000) and Winner of the Fund of National Natural Foundation for Excellent Young Investigators (1997). He joined Sun Yat-sen University in 2004, and had served as the Dean of the School of Physics and Engineering from 2005 to 2014. He played a leading role in IFCEN’s establishment and since 2010 he has worked as the Dean. His research areas are mainly on: (1) Nuclear safety related key technologies; (2) Micro- and nano-mechanics of materials; (3) Mechanics of advanced functional materials; (4) Laser crystal materials and laser systems, etc. In these areas, he has published over 300 international academic journal papers and three books, and gained over 20 authorized patents. As a principal investigator, he received dozens of domestic and international academic awards, such as Citation Classic Award by ISI (2000) etc. Additionally, his part-time jobs in Academic organizations involves Chairperson of Guangdong Physics Society of China, Standing Council Member of CSTAM. And he also serves in the editorial board of several international and domestic academic journals.

Prof. Ziqiang Wang

Institute of Mechanics
Chinese Academy of Sciences

2009-present:

Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

1986-present:

Professor of Institute of Mechanics
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

March-September 2000:

Visiting Professor, Institute of Materials and Engineering
National University of Singapore

March-June 1996:

Visiting Professor, Department of Solid Mechanics
Lulea University, Sweden

January-July 1990:

Visiting Professor of CERAM
Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, France

August-December 1989:

Visiting Professor of Engineering Division
Brown University, U.S.A.

March 1981-March 1983:

Visiting Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Sheffield, UK

Prof. Yueguang Wei

Peking University

Professor of Peking University. He graduated from Xi’an University of Science and Technology in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree of Mechanics, from the China University of Mining and Technology in Beijing in 1986 with a master’s degree of Engineering Mechanics, and from Tsinghua University in 1992 with a Ph.D. degree of Solid Mechanics. He was a professor of the Institute of mechanics, Chinese of Sciences from 1998~2016. In 2017, he was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He mainly engaged in cross-scale mechanics, elastoplastic fracture mechanics, composite mechanics and other research. In recent years, he has successfully applied the theory of cross-scale mechanics to the characterization of the toughness and failure mechanism of advanced thermal barrier coatings for engine blades. The relevant achievements won 2 second prizes and 1 third prize of the National Natural Science Award of China.

Prof. Yu-Jie Wei

Institute of Mechanics
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr Yu-Jie Wei received his B.S. degree in mechanics from Beijing University in 1997, a M.S. degree in solid mechanics from Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2000, and a PhD degree in applied mechanics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016. After two years of post-doc experience at Brown University, he joined the University of Alabama as an assistant professor. In 2012, he joined the Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and has been a professor there since then. Dr Wei’s research interest is about the strength of solids and their plastic deformation mechanisms, with a focus to build-up the relationship between macroscopic mechanical properties and microscale structures of materials. Dr. Wei has published multiple papers, as a leading author and/or the corresponding author, in journals like Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, PNAS, PRL, Nano Letters, J Mech Phys Solids, Adv Mater, Acta Mater and so on. He is a recipient of NSFC 2014 Outstanding Young Investigator Award.

Prof. Pawel Woelke  

Thornton Tomasetti

Principal at Thornton Tomasetti; Adjunct Professor at Columbia University; CTO at VistaMat Suite. Over 15 years of experience in constitutive modelling of materials and structures subjected to extreme loads. Pawel led a number of research and development projects ranging from crash of road and rail vehicles as well as aircraft, through new engineered material development and characterization (e.g. metals, metal laminates, composite laminates, functionally graded materials, plastics, adhesives, foams) to anti-terrorism protection of critical infrastructure and survivability of marine and aerospace systems subjected to blast, fire and other extreme loads.

Prof. Wei Yang

Zhejiang University

Wei Yang was born in 1954 in Beijing. He received his Ph.D. degree from Brown University, USA in 1985. Currently, he is a Professor of Zhejiang University, a Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Fellow and the Treasure of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), a Foreign Member of NAE (USA), and the President of CSTAM. He has worked in fracture mechanics, meso- and nano-mechanics, structures of aerospace vehicles, and X-mechanics. He served as one of the eight Bureau Members of IUTAM, and as the Chair of WP7. He was a Professor of Tsinghua University, and served as the Chair of University Academic Committee. He was the President of Zhejiang University (2006-2013), and the President of National Natural Science Foundation of China (2013-2018). His research achievements won him the W.T. Koiter Medal and Calvin Rice Award from ASME, and the Eric Reissner Medal from ISES.

Prof. Shouwen Yu

Tsinghua University

Shouwen Yu is a Professor of Engineering Mechanics at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Yu was President of the International Congress on Fracture (ICF, 2013-2017), Vice President of ICF (2001-2005) and elected as Honor Fellow of ICF in 2005. He is former Vice President of International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES, 2008-2012), and former Vice-President of Tsinghua University from 1992 to 1999. He has worked in the field of fracture mechanics, damage mechanics and nano /micro /meso-mechanics in last several decades. Professor Yu authored and co-authored 6 books and has published 440 papers. He is member of editorial board or advisory committee of several International Journals. He received IFEES President’s Award for “Excellence in Global Engineering Education” in 2012, two National Natural Science Awards and two National Awards of Education in China.

Prof. Tong-Yi Zhang

Shanghai University

Tong-Yi Zhang earned Master degree in 1982 and PhD in 1985, both from University of Science and Technology Beijing, China. After working at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for 22 years, he moved to Shanghai University in 2015, as the founding dean of Materials Genome Institute, to promote materials genome initiative, materials informatics and mechnoinformatics. He was a vice president of the International Congress on Fracture (ICF) 2013-2017 and now is a director of ICF executive committee. The prizes he received include the HLHL prize for scientific and technological progress and twice the Second Prize of the State Natural Science Award in China. He is ICF Fellow, Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Senior Research Fellow of Croucher Foundation, Hong Kong, Fellow of ASM International, USA, and the Editor-in-Chief of Science China Technological Sciences.

Prof. Yong-Wei Zhang

Institute of High Performance Computing

A*STAR, Singapore

Prof. Yong-Wei ZHANG is Principal Scientist II and Deputy Executive Director at Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), A*STAR, Singapore. He is Adjunct Professor both at National University of Singapore and Singapore University of Technology and Design. His research interests focus on using theory, modelling and computation as tools to study the relationship between structures and properties of materials with applications in materials design, materials processing and manufacturing, property engineering, mechanical-thermal coupling, mechanical-electronic coupling, and mechanical properties of biomaterials et al. He has published over 450 refereed journal papers, and delivered over 80 invited/keynote/plenary talks and lectures. He received Best Young Scientist Award from Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1996); IBM Singapore High Performance Computing Quest Gold Award Winner (2004); Best Paper Award (2011-2016) and Highly Cited Paper Award (2014, 2015, 2017) from Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR. A*STAR Aerospace Programme Achievement Award (2013). He is listed as World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (2018). He is Editorial Board Member for Advanced Theory and Simulation and International Journal of Applied Mechanics.