George Z. Voyiadjis, D.Eng.Sc., F.EMI, Dist.M.ASCE, F.SES, F.AAM, a pioneering researcher in multi-scale modeling of materials to address problems in instabilities and the high-energy impact and damage of structures, has been honored by ASCE for his contributions as an outstanding leader in the engineering profession by being named a Class of 2015 Distinguished Member.
Voyiadjis is the Boyd Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University, the highest professorial rank awarded by the university. Voyiadjis’ seminal contribution in damage mechanics has impacted many disciplines including aerospace, civil, and mechanical engineering. His book, Advances in Damage Mechanics: Metals and Metal Matrix Composites with an Introduction to Fabric Tensors, is used by researchers and students worldwide. It includes Voyiadjis’ achievement in the characterization of the damage and the microstructure for metal matrix composites, and his research endeavors provide a consistent framework for all future work in this area. He also is the chief editor of the Handbook of Damage Mechanics: Nano and Macro Scale for Materials and Structures. He led a joint research effort on the analysis of the fuel tank rupture in the January 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. His contribution in developing numerical models and simulations of structures considering damage evolution helped other researchers and industries achieve a better understanding of structures’ behavior under severe static and dynamic loading.
Voyiadjis is a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the recipient of the Kahn International Medal for outstanding life-long contributions to the field of plasticity. He was also awarded ASCE’s Nathan M. Newmark Medal. In 2015, he was awarded the medal for distinguished work in the area of damage mechanics by ICDM-IJDM, International Journal of Damage Mechanics.
Voyiadjis earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Ain Shams University, Egypt, a master’s in civil engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and doctor of engineering degree from Columbia University.