Polymer processing of functionally graded materials, smart materials, multifunctional materials, and nanocomposites; particulate material processing of functionally graded materials and nanocomposites; thin film processing of nanostructured functionally graded materials; finite element modeling of functionally graded and multifunctional materials; microstructural and mechanical characterization of functionally graded materials, smart materials, multifunctional materials, nanocomposites, and biologically inspired heterogeneous structures; and mathematical techniques for optimizing the design of functionally graded and multifunctional materials.
- Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1994
- M.S., University of South Carolina, 1989
- B.S., University of South Carolina, 1988
Associate Editor, Experimental Mechanics; Paper reviewer, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, AIAA Journal, Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, Experimental Mechanics, Optical Engineering; NSF Proposal Review Panel on Civil and Mechanical Systems; Reviewer, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship program; Organizer, “Special Session on Biologically Inspired Materials,” SEM 2001 Annual Conference & Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Portland, OR; Secretary, SEM Composites Technical Division; Consultant, Army Research Lab, Unistates Technology, Metal Matrix Cast Composites, Inc.; Graduate Committee representative, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland.
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2008); Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Appreciation Award (2007); A. J. Durelli Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics (2006); ONR Young Investigator Award (2000); Army Summer Faculty Research and Engineering Program (1997).