Alan Zehnder

Cornell College of Engineering

SEM Awards: S. Nemat-Nasser

Alan Zehnder received his bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. at Caltech working on dynamic fracture. In 1988, following a year as a post-doc at Caltech, Zehnder joined the faculty at Cornell University. At Cornell he teaches courses in engineering mathematics and mechanics. His research interests include the fracture of nanoscale systems, nonlinear dynamics of nanomechanical oscillators, damage tolerance of polymer matrix composites and deformation and fracture of hydrogels. He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the Cornell College of Engineering and is the incoming editor of Experimental Mechanics.


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Last Updated: 04/25/2023