Dr. Stelios Kyriakides, Director of the Center for Research in Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials and Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics has been elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions bestowed to an engineer. Dr. Kyriakides was elected for his “contributions to understanding of propagating instability phenomena in structures and materials and its use for technological applications.”

Professor Kyriakides' major technical interests are in the mechanics of solids with an emphasis on instability at both the macro (structural) and micro (material) levels. His work is motivated by practical problems and usually involves combined experimental, analytical and numerical efforts. He has pioneered the area of propagating instabilities in solids, structures and materials. Such instabilities have been shown to govern the mechanical behavior of structures of larger size such as offshore pipelines, oil well casings and tunnel linings, long panels in pressure loaded structures, etc.

Dr. Kyriakides joined the University of Texas in 1980. He has received numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation Presidential Investigator Award in 1984. He is a fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Academy of Mechanics. He has published more than 100 technical articles and reports.