Rui Huang and Chad Landis


Rui Huang
 (left) and Chad Landis (right) have been elected fellows of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Huang was selected “for the creative use of mechanics to understand instability of materials and structures at micro/nano scales.” Landis was selected “for pioneering contributions to the development of analytical and computational methods to understand the behavior of ferroelectrics.”

Huang and Landis are two of only 3,298 fellows selected from 90,972 ASME members, making the fellow grade a true distinction among members. Each will receive a certificate, name badge and lapel pin. Newly elected fellows will be recognized on the ASME website and in the November issue of Mechanical Engineering Magazine.

Huang’s research interests include nonlinear mechanics of thin films, graphene, and soft materials. In particular, his recent works have focused on thermomechanical and interfacial properties of graphene, coupled large deformation and solvent diffusion in hydrogels, and material characterization and failure analysis of through-silicon vias for 3-D integrated circuits. For more information about his research, visit his web page

Landis’ research focuses on continuum modeling and numerical simulation of the mechanical, electrical, magnetic and thermal behavior of materials. Specifically his interests include active/smart materials such as ferroelectrics and ferromagnetic shape memory alloys. His interests also include the mechanics of materials such as plasticity, micromechanics, composites, fracture mechanics and finite element methods. For more information about his research, visit his web page.

Both Huang and Landis have been recently promoted to professor in the ASE/EM department, effective September 1, 2014. Huang joined the department in 2002 and Landis joined in 2007. They are both members of the Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials(CMSSM).