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Needleman to receive international engineering award

Alan Needleman, engineering prof 2011Alan Needleman, left, professor of materials science and engineeing, will receive the 2011 Timoshenko Medal - the highest international award in the field of applied mechanics - from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

The Timoshenko Medal was established in 1957 and is conferred in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of applied mechanics. Instituted by the society's Applied Mechanics Division, it honors and commemorates renowned engineer and teacher Stephen P. Timoshenko. The medalist delivers a non-technical lecture at the society's winter annual meeting.

Needleman's research interests are in the computational modeling of deformation and fracture processes in materials over a range of size scales from the nano to the macro. He has made significant contributions to several areas of mechanics of materials including the development of a ductile fracture computational methodology, the development of cohesive surface methods for fracture analysis and creation of a framework that enables using discrete dislocation plasticity to solve general boundary value problems.

Needleman’s honors include:

  • National Academy of Engineering
  • Prager Medal awarded by the Society of Engineering Science
  • Drucker Medal awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences

He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Technical University of Denmark and Ecole Normale Superior de Cachan. Needleman also has been recognized by ISI, publishers of the Science Citation Index, as one of the most highly cited researchers in both the fields of engineering and materials science.

He is a member of UNT’s Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling and of the Computational Materials Modeling Group of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Needleman also is involved in the university’s U.S. Air Force sponsored Institute for Science and Engineering Simulation, which provides scientific research for the development of next generation aircraft engines.

Posted on: Fri 03 June 2011

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