Congratulations to Research Associate Dr. Marianna Maiarù, who will start her new position as an Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, starting September 2016.
CSL alumni Dr. Evan J. Pineda (NASA Glenn) has been selected to receive the NASA Early Career Achievement Medal. This is one of the highest awards in NASA and represents acknowledgement of his significant contributions to NASA's mission and purpose. We congratulate Dr. Pineda for receiving this honor!
Prof. Anthony M. Waas, the director of the Composite Structures Lab, Boeing-Egtvedt Chair and Chairman of Aero/Astro department here at UW, has been selected to receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award for 2016. This award is presented to an individual who has been responsible for an outstanding recent technical or scientific contribution in aerospace structures, structural dynamics, or materials. In particular, Prof. Waas receives this award “for pioneering contributions to the development of the innovative, experimentally validated, computational methods for progressive damage analysis of polymer and hot ceramic composite materials and structures.” Prof. Waas will be honored at a the 2016 AIAA Science and Technology Form and Exposition in San Diego, California.
Postdoctoral Fellow and former graduate student Dr. Dianyun Zhang starts as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut starting September 2015. Congratulations and all the best Dr. Zhang!
Research Associate Dr. Nhung Nguyen has been awarded the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for Future Award for 2015-16. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Nguyen!
The Composite Structures Laboratory has moved to the University of Washington – Seattle from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, in January 2015.
Pavana Prabhakar was chosen as one of the three recipients of the 2012 American Society for Composites Ph.D. Research Scholarship Award. The award is given to formally enrolled Ph.D. candidates in engineering or science whose dissertation research is focused on some aspect of composite materials.
Evan Pineda has won the Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures, and Vincent Wang Jie has won the American Society of Composites Award for the best composites paper at the 53rd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference in Honolulu, Hi, April 23–26, 2012. The competition included 127 abstracts and 99 downloaded papers (a record number).
Brian P. Justusson won 1st place in the Army Research Laboratories 2011 Summer Student Symposium and was the recipient of the ARL Director’s Award for Excellence. The symposium was held on August 11, 2011 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, MD. Mr. Justusson’s paper entitled “Microstructural Investigation and Evaluation of Mechanical Properties of Friction Stir Welded Joints” was supervised by Dr. Chian-Fong Yen and Dr. Constantine Fountzoulas of ARL. Mr. Justusson’s paper was selected from over 30 students across three ARL locations.
Mark Pankow was awarded Ivor K. McIvor Award for Outstanding work in Solid Mechanics in 2010 from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. This award is presented annually to a graduate student in recognition of outstanding scholastic and research performance in Applied Mechanics.
Pavana Prabhakar was awarded the Amelia Earhart Fellowship from Zonta International. Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.
Scott Stapleton has won the Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures at the 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference in Orlando, FL, April 12–15, 2010. Stapleton’s paper, “Modeling Progressive Failure of Bonded Joints Using a Single Joint Finite Element,” co-authored by Prof. Waas and their NASA collaborator, Dr. Brett Bednarcyk, was selected as the best student paper in the structures track of the conference.
Siva Shankar Rudraraju‘s paper “In-Plane fracture of laminated fiber reinforced composites with varying fracture resistance: experimental observations and numerical crack propagation simulations” won the Jefferson Goblet Award at the 50th AIAA Structures/Structural Dynamics & Materials conference held in Palm Springs, CA, May 4-7, 2009. The paper was selected from amongst 85 entries as the best graduate student paper.
Scott Stapleton was chosen as one of the three recipients of the 2009 American Society for Composites Ph.D. Research Scholarship Award. The award is given to formally enrolled Ph.D. candidates in engineering or science whose dissertation research is focused on some aspect of composite materials, and will be formally presented at the ASC conference on September 15-17, 2009 in Newark, Delaware.