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Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM) to award the Sia Nemat-Nasser Medal

June, 2011

In 2009, The Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM) established the Sia Nemat-Nasser Award. In 2011 the Society elevated the award to a medal 'Sia Nemat-Nasser Medal' and cited Sia to be its first recipient. The Medal will be presented at the SEM Annual Conference in Uncasville, CT, June 13-15, 2011. The medal is intended to recognize an individual for distinguished, innovative and outstanding work that has realized the impact of experimental mechanics on other scientific and engineering fields through an integrated multidisciplinary research.



Sia presented the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) 4th Elsevier Distinguished Lecture in Mechanics

April 18, 2011

Sia was invited to present the 4th Elsevier Distinguished Lecture in Mechanics, sponsored by Elsevier and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Granular Science Laboratory. His lecture is entitled: Managing Stress Waves Over Multi-frequencies by Micro-Architectural Design of Materials.



Sia appointed UC Berkeley’s Springer Professor

Fall Semester, 2010

Sia was appointed by UC Berkeley’s Department of Mechanical Engineering as the Russell Severance Springer Professor of Mechanical Engineering for Fall Semester 2010. Sia presented five lectures at Berkeley focused on Dynamics of Composites with Controlled Micro‐Architectures.



Sia awarded the Thirteenth Yunchuan Aisinjioro-Soo Distinguished Lectureship

October, 2010

 

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, awarded the 2010-11 Yunchuan Aisinjioro-Soo Distinguished Lectureship to Sia in recognition of his contributions to mechanics and materials. Sia presented a lecture entitled Dynamics of Composites with Controlled Micro‐Architectures (Lecture is available in DVD form and at mms://streamer.cen.uiuc.edu/me_soo/Soo-Lecture-2010.wmv).



The 3rd Annual Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Medal is awarded at IMECE

November, 2010

 

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The Materials Division of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) presented the 3rd annual Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Medal to Professors: Xi Chen of Columbia University and Markus J. Buehler of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at the annual ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress (IMECE), held in British Columbia. The medal is to recognize: research excellence in the areas of experimental, computational, and theoretical mechanics and materials by young investigators who are within 10 years after their Ph.D. degree, with special emphasis placed on under-‐represented minorities and women.



ASME presents the ‘Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Medal’ to Dr. Huiling Duan

November, 2009



The second ASME Materials Division 'Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Medal' was presented to Dr Huiling Duan, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering of the College of Engineering at Peking University. The award was given during the ASME annual meeting held in Lake Buena Vista, FL, November 13-19, 2009. This award is given to recognize research excellence in the areas of experimental, computational, and theoretical mechanics and materials by young investigators who are within 10 years after their Ph.D. degree. The photo of Dr. Duan and Sia was taken during the repection after the ceremony.



Two CEAM Affiliated Students Recognized for their Achievements

November, 2009


Or Weizman, University City High-School student and CEAM student Intern, presented his CEAM related research at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair, April 2009. His poster entitled “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Self-healing Polymer” won a first place out of ~800 middle and high-school student entries. In May 2009, Or participated in the 2009 California State Science Fair and won a third place in the Senior Division of Chemistry (with 25 high-school student competing), for his poster titled “Synthesis and Characterization of a Self-Healing Polymer.” Or’s internship at CEAM, beginning in the summer of 2008, entails assisting CEAM graduate student Christian Nielsen on research relating to ‘Healable Composites’.


Eva Gabriela Baylon, a UCSD 2008-09 McNair Research Program Scholar and CEAM undergraduate student researcher, was awarded a travel scholarship this year (all expenses paid) to attend the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference, October 16-18 in Houston, TX. Eva made a poster presentation focused on her progress associated with CEAM’s self-healing polymer research.


 


In August 2009, Eva attended the California McNair Symposium held in Berkeley and presented her research on ‘Self-Healing Polymers,’ and, as a raffle winner, was honored with a new laptop!



Sia receives the 2009 Society of Experimental Mechanics ‘William M. Murray Lecture’ medal

June, 2009


The Society of Experimental Mechanics awarded Sia with the 2009 William M. Murray Lecture medal at the SEM Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM June 1-3, 2009, in recognition of his ‘outstanding experimental and theoretical contributions to the field of mechanics and materials’. During the conference, Sia delivered the Murray Lecture entitled “From Ionic Polymers to Self-assembling Carbon Nanotubes: A Journey into Nano-Space”.



John E. Starrett Memorial Scholarships presented to three MAE engineering graduating seniors

June, 2009


 


Sia presented the eighteenth annual John Starrett Memorial Scholarship Award to three MAE graduating seniors: Jesse Caldwell – Revelle College, Vikram R. Juneja – Muir College, and Eric Bi-Wen Ting – Warren College, during their respective commencement ceremony. The Starrett Memorial Scholarship, which carries a $750.00 award and framed certificate, was established in 1990 to commemorate Dr. John Starrett, UCSD Ph.D. and CEAM Principal Development Engineer.



Sia Nemat-Nasser presents the 'Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Medal' to Dr. Jiangyu Li

November, 2008



Sia presented the first ASME Materials Division 'Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Medal' to Dr. Jiangyu Li, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Washington, at the ASME annual meeting held in Boston, MA, November 2-6, 2008. This award is given to recognize research excellence in the areas of experimental, computational, and theoretical mechanics and materials by young investigators who are within 10 years after their Ph.D. degree.



Sia Nemat-Nasser receives the 2008 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Stephen P. Timoshenko Medal

November, 2008



The Timoshenko medal recognizes Sia for ‘fundamental theoretical and experimental contributions in dynamic stability; deformation and failure modes of materials; nano-electro-chemo-mechanical characterization and modeling of ionic polymer metal composites; and composites with tuned electromagnetic functionality, self-healing and self-sensing.’ The medal was presented during the ASME 2008 International Mechanical Congress and Exposition (IMECE), Oct 31-Nov 06, 2008, in Boston, MA.


In his acceptance speech, Sia noted that it was in June of 1958 when he stepped on American soil with $200 in his pocket. Managing to finish his BS, MS, and PhD degrees by 1964, he joined Northwestern University, then UCSD, then back to Northwestern, and finally back to UCSD in 1985, where he created the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials and spearheaded the creation of the University-wide Materials Program, serving as its Founding Director for five years. Guided by Timoshenko’s teaching, he following his passion for engineering education and research to receive this great honor, the Timoshenko Medal, 50 years later, since he arrived in the USA.



CEAM students teach summer class introducing engineering to high school students

July, 2008



Instructor Dr. Kristin Schaaf and teaching assistant Sara Marshall taught a mechanical engineering course entitled ‘Operating at the Interface between Science and Society: Mechanical Engineering’, as part of this summer’s UCSD’s Academic Connections outreach program, which offered a unique pre-college summer academic and residential experience to seventeen students who took this mechanical engineering course. The goal of the program is to provide hands-on college subject matter courses and the opportunity to experience life and learning at a top-ranked research university.



Sia Nemat-Nasser presents John E. Starrett Memorial Scholarship to four engineering graduating seniors

June, 2008



Sia presented the seventeenth annual John Starrett Memorial Scholarship Award to four graduating seniors: two from MAE [Eric Haar, Warren College and Joel Kaluzny, Sixth College], one from Bioengineering [Kaveh Zakeri, Warren College], and one from Structural Engineering [Andy Tran, Sixth College], during two commencement ceremonies. [Picture: June 22nd Warren College Commencement, presentation of two of the awards]. The Starrett Memorial Scholarship (which carries a $750 award) was established in 1990 to commemorate Dr. John Starrett, UCSD Ph.D. and CEAM Principal Development Engineer, who suddenly passed away at the age of 47.



Sia Nemat-Nasser is awarded the 2008 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Theodore von Karman Medal

May, 2008



The Engineering Mechanics Division of ASCE awarded Sia the 2008 Theodore von Karman Medal recognizing him for 'exceptional, distinguished and sustained contributions in the fields of micromechanics, granular materials, constitutive relations of materials, stability and dynamic behavior of solids and structures, and experimental and analytical methods in broad areas of engineering mechanics'. The medal was presented during the Engineering Mechanics Institute's inaugural International Conference, May 18-21, 2008, in Minneapolis, MN.



Sia Nemat-Nasser is the convocation speaker at Sacramento State University

May, 2008



Sia delivered the convocation speech at the 2008 Sacramento State University graduation ceremony, to the graduating engineers. His comments were focused on the pivotal role that engineering has played in the human’s cultural evolution, from tool-making of the hunters and gatherers to the 20th century that has witnessed many great innovations which have completely transformed our lives. The photo above includes President Alexander Gonzalez (3rd left), Dean of Engineering, Emir Macari (right), and Sia (center).



Sia Nemat-Nasser gives an invited talk at NAS symposium

May, 2008



Sia delivered an invited lecture at an NAS one-day symposium held at Northwestern University, May 14, 2008, to honor two National Medal of Science recipients, Chemistry Professor Tobin Marks (left) and Mechanics Professor Jan Achenbach (right). Professor Nemat-Nasser’s lecture focused on his new research to create multifunctional composites. For more information visit: http://www.nmss.northwestern.edu/.



ASME establishes 'Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Medal'

April, 2008



The Materials Division of ASME is pleased to announce the creation of The Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Medal in honor of Dr. Sia Nemat- Nasser, Director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials at UC San Diego and Distinguished Professor of Mechanics and Materials. This award is given to recognize research excellence in the areas of experimental, computational, and theoretical mechanics and materials by young investigators who are within 10 years after their Ph.D. degree, with special emphasis placed on under-represented minorities and women. Information about the award may be found on the ASME Materials Division, Honors & Awards website.



Sia Nemat-Nasser receives the 2008 Sacramento State University Distinguished Service Award

April, 2008



The Alumni Association of Sacramento State University awards Sia the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. The award recognizes Sia for exceptional, distinguished and sustained contributions to engineering research and teaching. The award was presented to Sia at the honors banquet hosted by Sacramento State University’s President, Alexander Gonzalez (above photo, right), Dean of Engineering, Emir Macari, and the Alumni Association, April 17, 2008.



Sia Nemat-Nasser is selected to receive the SEM M.W. Murray Medal

December, 2007


Sia has been selected by the Society of Experimental Mechanics, Inc. to receive the SEM Murray medal, the highest award of the society. The selection is made two years in advance and Sia’s medal will be conferred at the annual meeting of SEM in Albuquerque, June 2009, where Sia will present the society’s Murray Lecture.



Sia Nemat-Nasser is honored at ASME

November, 2007



Sia was honored at ASME, November 14-15, by a symposium, "Modeling and Experiments in Nanomechanics and Nanomaterials – In Honor of Prof. Sia Nemat-Nasser and his Contributions in Constitutive Equations," as part of the 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Seattle Washington. Photo: Professors M. Taya (University of Washington, second left) Sia’s former graduate student, M. Dunn (University of Colorado, second right) Professor Taya’s former graduate student, Y. Li (University of Washington, far left) Professor Dunn’s former graduate student, and Sia Nemat-Nasser.


This was the fourth symposium in Sia’s honor. The first was a special two-day international symposium on "Deformation Characteristics and Modeling of Materials" in Sendai, Japan, 1996, the second, a three-day symposium on "Experiments and Modeling of Failure of Modern Materials" in San Diego as part of the MechMat2001 Conference, June 2001, and the third at the Society of Engineering Science 39th Annual Technical Meeting, October 2002, for receiving the Prager Medal.



CEAM MAE graduate students teach engineering as part of UCSD’s 2007 Academic Connections summer outreach program for high-school students

July, 2007



Instructor Kristin Schaaf and teaching assistant Christian Nielsen taught a mechanical engineering course entitled ‘Operating at the Interface between Science and Society: Mechanical Engineering’. The course was taught through a large variety of activities including lectures, group projects, tours of research labs and machine shops, field trips, guest speakers, hands-on experience in fabricating composite test specimens, as well as conducting mechanical tests. The students were exposed to the broad nature and great career flexibility associated with mechanical engineering. Most importantly the course enhanced the students’ understanding and interest in the area of mechanical engineering.



Sia Nemat-Nasser is awarded the B.J. Lazan Award

June, 2007



Sia Nemat-Nasser was awarded the 2007 B.J. Lazan Award from the Society of Experimental Mechanics, Inc., recognizing him for his outstanding original technical contributions to experimental-theoretical contributions to the characterization and multi-scale modeling of polymer-metal composites, geomaterials, ceramics, crystalline metals, and the creation of novel composites.



Sia Nemat-Nasser Receives 2006 Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award

November, 2006



Sia was recognized for distinguished contributions as a world leader in the art of experimental, theoretical and computational applied mechanics, including biomimetic multifunctional materials. The Robert Henry Thurston Lecture was established in 1925 in honor of Robert Henry Thurston, the first president of ASME, and a farseeing leader in science and engineering. The Robert Henry Thurston Lecture was elevated to a Society award in 2000 to encourage stimulating thinking on a subject of broad technical interest to engineers.



Kristin Schaaf is awarded 1st place in student paper competition at SEM

June, 2006



CEAM Ph.D. student Kristin Schaaf (center left) was awarded first place in the 2006 student paper competition at the Society for Experimental Mechanics annual conference in St. Louis, MO. The competition encourages excellence in technical communication in the experimental mechanics field.


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