S. Nemat-Nasser

Professor Nemat-Nasser, Distinguished Professor of Mechanics and Materials, is the Director of UCSD’s Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials. He studies how materials respond to thermo-mechanical loads imposed by their environment, and how they may fatigue or fail over time. He is especially interested in the mechanics of ceramics, ceramic composites, high strength alloys and superalloys, rocks and geomaterials, and advanced metallic and polymeric composites with electromagnetic, self-healing, and self-sensing functionality; ionic polymer-metal composites as soft actuators/sensors, and shape-memory alloys. He has a history of realizing the impact of experimental mechanics on various scientific and engineering fields, to develop novel materials with new properties. A very brief bio follows:


Sia Nemat-Nasser arrived in the USA in 1958 from Iran. B.S., Sacramento State U, 1960; M.S., 1961, and Ph.D. 1964, UC Berkeley. Assistant professor, Sacramento State U, 1961-62. post-doc, 1964-66, Northwestern U; assistant and associate professor, 1966-70, UCSD; professor, 1970-85, Northwestern U; professor, 1985-present, UCSD. His awards and honors include: Nat’l. Acad. Eng.: Member 2001. ASME: Stephen P. Timoshenko Medal 2008; Mater. Div. establishes Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Medal 2008 (focused on underrepresented minorities & women in engineering); Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award 2006; Honorary Member 2005; Aerosp. Div., Adaptive Struct. & Mater. Systems Best Paper of the Year Award 2003; Nadai Medal 2002; Life Fellow 2001; Chair, Mater. Div. 1997-98; Fellow 1979. ASCE: Theodore von Karman Medal 2008. Sacramento State U: Distinguished Alumni Award 2008. SEM: B.J. Lazan Award 2007; W.M. Murray Medal 2009. SES: William Prager Medal 2002; Founding Fellow 1988; Pres. 1979-80. AAM: Pres. 1996-97, Secy 1989-94, Fellow 1970. World Innovation Foundation: Honorary Member 2004. Tech. Inst.: Willard F. Rockwell Medal 2003. UCSD: Faculty Research Lecturer Award 2005; Sch. Eng./MAE Teacher of the Year Award, 2000-01, 1996-97, & 1994-95; John Dove Isaacs Chair in Natural Philosophy,1995-00. Alburz Educational Foundation Prize 1975.

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2019 Recipient

For novel contributions in Accelerated Testing Methodology and Durability Studies for Predicting Long-term Fatigue Life of Polymer Composites and Structures.

Yasushi Miyano
Yasushi Miyano is a Professor and Director of Materials System Research Laboratory, Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan. His research is focused on the prediction methodology for the long-term fatigue life of polymer composites and structures based on the time-temperature superposition principle for the viscoelasticity of polymer matrix. For 50 years, he has been publishing the research works for academic journals. His most recent and important accomplishment was to publish a book in November 2017 entitled “Durability of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers” with Professor Masayuki Nakada of Kanazawa Institute of Technology from Wiley-VCH.

He has been an active member of SEM since 1982. From 1995, he continues to conduct Composites Durability Workshops with Professors Stephen Tsai and Richard Christensen at Stanford University. He is funded from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in the USA and other Japanese government organizations.

Past Recipients

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the Sia Nemat Nasser Medal in the past.

2017 - Igor Emri
2015 - A. Rosakis
2013 - H. Espinoza
2011 - S. Nemat-Nass