Robert M. McMeeking, UC Santa Barbara, USA
Professor McMeeking completed his Ph.D. in solid mechanics at Brown University in 1976 and then spent 2 years at Stanford University as Acting Assistant Professor. He moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as Assistant Professor, and subsequently Associate Professor, in the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Department. Professor McMeeking joined the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 1985 as Professor of Materials and of Mechanical Engineering. He was Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering 1992-1995 and again during 1999-2003. He has published approximately 300 scientific papers on such subjects as plasticity, fracture mechanics, computational methods, glaciology, tough ceramics, composite materials, materials processing, powder consolidation and sintering, ferroelectrics, microstructural evolution, nanotribology, actuating structures, blast and fragment protection of structures, fluid structure interactions arising from underwater blast waves, the mechanics of the cell and its cytoskeleton, lithium-ion batteries and fuel-cells, embrittlement of alloys and ceramics, adhesion, toughening of elastomers, and the viscoelasticity and fracture of multi-network polymers. Professor McMeeking was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Mechanics from 2002 to 2012, and is currently Secretary of the Congress Committee of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and President of the International Congress on Fracture. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of both the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and held a Humboldt Award for Senior Scientists in 2006 and again in 2013. He was awarded the Brown Engineering Alumni Medal in 2007, the 2014 William Prager Medal of the Society of Engineering Science, and the 2014 Timoshenko Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.