ASE/EM Professor Chad Landis has been selected to receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award for outstanding contributions to the mechanics of active materials. The award recognizes special achievements in Applied Mechanics for researchers under the age of 40 and will be presented at the Applied Mechanics Banquet on November 4, 2008 in Boston.

Professor Landis has made a number of outstanding contributions to the mechanics of active materials. His research focuses on continuum modeling and numerical simulation of the mechanical, electrical, magnetic and thermal behavior of materials. His specific interests are on materials such as ferroelectrics and ferromagnetic shape memory alloys. He also has a broad range of interests in the mechanics of materials, including fracture mechanics, plasticity, micromechanics, composites, and finite element methods.

Dr. Landis joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in the spring 2007 semester. He has also received the Career Award from the National Science Foundation, and the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research.