Sia Nemat-Nasser is distinguished professor of mechanics and materials, and director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials, at the University of California, San Diego. His work includes research on micro-architectured composites to mitigate shock-waves, metamaterials to redirect, attenuate and manage stress waves; and original comprehensive models of deformation and failure of metallic structures with application to metal forming and failure prevention.
Dr. Nemat-Nasser has also taught at Northwestern University as professor of civil engineering and applied mathematics.
Dr. Nemat-Nasser has been director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials since 1987. He spearheaded the creation of the integrated Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program and served as its founding director. He has served as director of the National Science Foundation-funded Institute for Mechanics and Materials.
Dr. Nemat-Nasser is a leading scholar in the field of mechanics and has made seminal contributions to a broad range of topics including: constitutive response and liquefaction in granular media; brittle crack growth and bifurcation in compressive loading; plasticity at large strains; elastic-plastic crack tip fields; failure of ductile metals under shock wave conditions; overall properties of composites; thermodynamics of deformation; ionic polymer metal composites; and metamaterials with novel electromagnetic and acoustic properties.
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