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Nanoscale Mechanics, Bio-inspired Hierarchical Structures, and Potential Applications

L. Cate Brinson is the Jerome B. Cohen Professor of Engineering at Northwestern University with primary appointment in the Mechanical Engineering Department and a secondary appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. After receiving her Ph.D. in 1990 from Caltech, Dr. Brinson performed postdoctoral studies in Germany at the DLR, and since 1992 she has been on the faculty at Northwestern University. Her primary research focus is on the modeling and characterization of advanced material systems, including high performance composites and intelligent materials. Current research investigations involve studies of aging in polymeric-based systems, nanomechanics of nano-reinforced polymers, characterization of titanium foams for bone implants, and experiments and modeling of shape memory alloys, where investigations span the range of molecular interactions, micromechanics and macroscale behavior. Dr. Brinson has received many awards, including the 2003 ASME Special Achievement Award for Young Investigators, a 2000 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, the 1995-99 NSF CAREER Award, the ASEE New Mechanics Educator Award, an ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship and an AAUW Postdoctoral Fellowship; she held the June and Donald Brewer Junior Chair at Northwestern University from 1992-1994, and was a member of the Defense Science Study Group (1998-99). She has made numerous technical presentations on her research and has co-organized symposia at many ASME and SES conferences. She is a member of several professional societies and served 5 years on the Society of Engineering Science Board of Directors, including one year as President of the society. She has also been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures and the Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology.
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