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Dr. Alan Needleman, professor with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2011 Timoshenko Medal -- widely regarded as the highest international award in the field of applied mechanics -- from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
The Timoshenko Medal was established in 1957 and is conferred in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of applied mechanics. Instituted by ASME’s Applied Mechanics Division, it honors Stephen P. Timoshenko, world-renowned authority in the field, and it commemorates his contributions as an engineer and as a teacher. The Timoshenko Medalist delivers a non-technical lecture at the Applied Mechanics Dinner at the ASME winter annual meeting, which will be held this year in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 11-17.
Dr. Needleman's research interests are in the computational modeling of deformation and fracture processes in materials over a range of size scales from the nano to the macro. He has made significant contributions to several areas of mechanics of materials including the development of a ductile fracture computational methodology, the development of cohesive surface methods for fracture analysis and creation of a framework that enables using discrete dislocation plasticity to solve general boundary value problems.
Needleman’s honors include election to the National Academy of Engineering, the Prager Medal awarded by the Society of Engineering Science, the Drucker Medal awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Technical University of Denmark and Ecole Normale Superior de Cachan (France). Needleman also has been recognized by ISI, publishers of the Science Citation Index, as one of the most highly cited researchers in both the fields of Engineering and Materials Science.
He is a member of UNT’s Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling and of the Computational Materials Modeling Group of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Needleman also is involved in the university’s U.S. Air Force sponsored Institute for Science and Engineering Simulation, which aims at providing the scientific background for the development of the next generation of aircraft engines.