ASCE has honored Huajian Gao, Ph.D., with the 2017 von Karman Medal for his groundbreaking research on the mechanical behaviors of engineering and biological systems across multiple length scales, with particular emphasis on deformation and failure mechanisms in thin films and hierarchically structured materials.
Gao is among today’s leading researchers in the field of mechanics, including micro- and nano-indentation of materials, morphological surface roughening of strained epitaxial films, fracture of piezoelectric ceramics, diffusional creep in thin films, robust and reversible adhesion in biological systems, size-dependent elastic modulus of carbon nanotubes, and hierarchical nanotwinned materials, among many other areas. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids.
He also served a term as president of the Society of Engineering Science, is a past chair of the Applied Mechanics Executive Committee of ASME, and is currently chair of the Solid Symposium Panel of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. Gao’s academic achievements in the field of engineering mechanics have been recognized with numerous honors and awards.
The Theodore von Karman Medal is presented to an individual in recognition of distinguished achievements in engineering mechanics that are applicable to any branch of civil engineering.