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International Symposium Held In Honor of Boyd Professor George Z. Voyiadjis

04/24/2012 02:03 PM

BATON ROUGE – In April 2012, to honor the seminal contributions of Boyd Professor George Z. Voyiadjis in microstructure plasticity and instability on the occasion of his 65th birthday, Hanyang University in Seoul, Republic of Korea hosted an international symposium on “Modeling Material Behavior at Multiple Scales.” The event spanned two days and was attended by researchers from the United States, France, Belgium, Poland, Korea, China, Japan, India, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, including university professors and researchers from national labs and industry. The technical papers associated with the presentations will be published in a special 2013 issue of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology.

Voyiadjis, Boyd Professor at LSU and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is a world leader in plasticity and damage mechanics of metals, metal matrix composites, polymers and ceramics. His research has been performed on developing numerical models that aim at simulating the damage and dynamic failure response of advanced engineering materials and structures under high-speed impact loading conditions. This work will guide the development of design criteria and fabrication processes of high performance materials and structures under severe loading conditions. Emphasis is placed on survivability area that aims to develop and field a contingency armor that is thin and lightweight, but with a very high level of an overpressure protection system that provides low penetration depths. The formation of cracks and voids in the adiabatic shear bands, which are the precursors to fracture, are mainly investigated.

Voyiadjis is the recipient of the 2008 Nathan M. Newmark Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the 2012 Khan International Medal for outstanding lifelong contributions to the field of plasticity.

He has also received numerous other awards and distinctions, including being named editor of the Journal Nanomechanics and Micromechanics of the American Society of Civil Engineers; recipient of the 2012 Associate Editor Award to the Journal of Engineering Mechanics; and being the most cited author from 2005-2008 by the International Journal of Solids and Structures. His professional and honorary society memberships include Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the American Society of Engineering Education.

He has more than 240 referred journal articles and 17 books, 10 as editor, to his credit. More than 50 graduate students, including 28 Ph. D. candidates, completed their degrees under his direction.  He has also supervised numerous postdoctoral associates. Voyiadjis has also been extremely successful in securing more than $15.0 million in research funds as a principal investigator from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Department of Transportation and major companies such as IBM and Martin Marietta. He has been invited to give plenary presentations and keynote lectures in many countries around the world. He has given more than 350 presentations and lectures.

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