European Academy of Sciences Names Voyiadjis as Member

June 10, 2019

George VoyiadjisBATON ROUGE, LA – Boyd Professor and Chair of the LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering George Voyiadjis has been elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences.

The organization—which was recognized by Royal Decree in 2003 by Albert II, king of Belgium—is a fully independent, international association of distinguished scholars that aims to recognize and elect to its membership the best European scientists with a vision for Europe as a whole, transcending national borders and with the goal of strengthening European science and scientific cooperation. Academy activities include fostering new scientific and technological approaches, assisting in the creation of businesses built on advanced technologies, strengthening international scientific cooperation, and promotion of new discoveries via international workshops and special publications.

The EurASc has invited Voyiadjis to participate in its next Symposium and Ceremony of Awards in October in Madrid, Spain. There, he would receive his certificate of membership.

“This is a great honor for me and I’m proud to be recognized by my peers in such a way,” Voyiadjis said. “I’m also looking forward to representing LSU and the College of Engineering among my European counterparts, whom I first collaborated with in 2004.”

Voyiadjis began his career at LSU in 1980 as an assistant professor after working at the California Institute of Technology, where he earned his master’s in civil engineering, and Columbia University, where he earned his PhD in engineering mechanics. His primary research interests are in plasticity and the damage mechanics of metals, metal matrix composites, polymers, and ceramics with an emphasis on the theoretical modeling, numerical simulation of material behavior, and experimental correlation.

Voyiadjis is a Foreign Member of both the Polish Academy of Sciences, Division IV (Technical Sciences), and the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. He was also instrumental in LSU joining a consortium of universities and research centers that includes the University Carlos III of Madrid, the National Engineering School of Metz, the Polytechnic University of Poznan, and the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Each year, the consortium organizes an international workshop devoted to the behavior of materials. This year’s workshop, which took place in April in Cyprus, was co-organized by Voyiadjis and covered the experimental, theoretical, and numerical aspects of the mechanical behavior of solids at high strain rates.

Over the last decade, Voyiadjis has helped LSU establish additional relationships with international institutions. In 2009, an exchange agreement with Ecole Nationale d’Ingenieurs in Metz, France, was made. The agreement included the exchange of faculty, research, graduate students, training, and internships. A common project also developed between LSU and ENIM-LaBPS that mainly concerned the friction definition at high-applied velocity. Analytical models have been developed at LSU and experiments performed at ENIM, with the work being presented at conferences and published in journals. New projects have been proposed related to the characterization and modeling of the microstructural behavior of materials using nano-indentation experiments and computational simulations.

Another collaboration began in 2009 when students from LSU travelled to the University of Lorraine in France to conduct high-impact experiments at the National Engineering School of Metz, now a department at UL. A number of joint-journal papers and conferences between the two followed, and, during UL Professor Alexis Rusinek’s last visits to LSU, a new lab called MATEX, or Materials Under Extreme Loading Laboratory, was initiated here that allows for the study of the behavior of materials at high-impact loads.

Recently, both LSU and UL signed a memorandum of understanding that extends their relationship for the next five years. More specifically, it extends the joint research between Voyiadjis and Rusinek on high-impact loadings on structures.

Additionally, LSU is part of the ITHACA Project, a joint scientific projected related to additive manufacturing between LSU, UL, Derby University in England, and IPPT from the Polish Academy of Sciences. The project, which recently received $100,000 from the Polish National Academic Exchange Agency, runs from December 2018 to November 2020. The results obtained will be presented at joint seminars and conferences, including the Fourth International Conference in Damage Mechanics that will be held in Baton Rouge in May 2020.


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