New Applied Mechanics Reviews Podcast Features Interview with Prof. Kenneth Liechti


Feb. 25, 2019


Applied Mechanics Reviews (AMR) has posted the latest in its series of more than 20 podcasts on the ASME Digital Collection website. The new podcast features an interview with Prof. Kenneth Liechti of the University of Texas at Austin, whose active interests include fracture mechanics with a focus on interfacial fracture and delamination mechanics. The interview is now available on the AMR podcast page.

During the 45-minute interview, Dr. Liechti discusses developing new devices for exploring the hidden science of interfacial fracture and his efforts to communicate the importance of mechanics in interdisciplinary collaborations — as well as his dedication to carrying on the traditions of his Scottish heritage.


Kenneth Liechti

A Fellow of ASME and the Zarrow Centennial Professor in Engineering at UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering, Liechti’s research concentrates on deformation and failure mechanisms in multilayered materials and structures using experimental and numerical stress analytical techniques. A member of the Cockrell School of Engineering faculty since 1982, he has published more than 100 articles and is the co-author of the book Mechanics of Materials with Marc Bedford. He received the Society of Experimental Mechanics’ (SEM) William M. Murray Lecture Award in 2017 and the Adhesion Society’s Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science in 2015.

Liechti has served in a number of ASME positions including chair, vice chair and secretary of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division; chair of the Basic Engineering Technical Group; and chair of the Daniel C. Drucker Medal, Timoshenko Medal and Warner T. Koiter Medal Committees.

The interview was conducted by Harry Dankowicz, the editor of Applied Mechanics Reviews and an ASME Fellow. Dr. Dankowicz is a professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

To listen to the podcast with Dr. Liechti, or one of the other AMR podcasts in the series, visit the Applied Mechanics Reviews podcast page.