CEE Chair Voyiadjis Named Member of Academia Europaea
July 30, 2020
BATON ROUGE, LA – For the fourth time in seven years, Boyd Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering George Voyiadjis has been elected as a foreign member of a prestigious international organization of scholars, most recently, the Academia Europaea-Physics & Engineering Sciences.
In 2013, Voyiadjis was elected to the Polish Academy of Sciences (Technical Sciences Division); in 2016, the National Academy of Engineering of Korea; and in 2019, the European Academy of Sciences.
“This is a great honor for me and I am extremely 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. This award represents a recognition way beyond anything I ever imagined as a student at Columbia University nearly 47 years ago.
“My experience in industry and my academic appointment overseas has allowed me to think in a more global sense and at the same time, stay relevant to engineering applications in my research endeavors. That’s what keeps me grounded and gives me the ability to continue to do all of this work. Working with my students has been the catalyst of my success in my academic career. The importance of this interaction is to challenge them, but also allow them to interact with you through the evolution of the research work.”
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.
The object of the Academia Europaea is the advancement and propagation of excellence in scholarship in the humanities; law, the economic, social, and political sciences; mathematics; medicine; and all branches of natural and technological sciences anywhere in the world for the public benefit and for the advancement of the education of the public of all ages in the aforesaid subjects in Europe. Its members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research. Current membership stands at around 4,000 and includes 72 Nobel Laureates.
Invitations are made only after peer group nomination, scrutiny and confirmation as to the scholarship and eminence of the individual in his or her chosen field. Election is confirmed by the Council of the Academia.
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