Prof. Huajian Gao

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Office: 610 Barus & Holley Building
Phone: (401) 863-2626
Fax: (401) 863-9025
Email: huajian_gao@brown.edu

Mailing Address:
School of Engineering
Brown University
610 Barus & Holley
184 Hope Street
Providence, RI, 02912

Brief Biography

Huajian Gao received his B.S. degree from Xian Jiaotong University of China in 1982, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Science from Harvard University in 1984 and 1988, respectively. He served on the faculty of Stanford University between 1988 and 2002, and as Professor and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Germany between 2001 and 2006. He is now Walter H. Annenberg University Professor of Brown University.

Professor Gao has a background in engineering science and applied mechanics. His current research interests are focused on nanomechanics of engineering and biological systems, including mechanical properties and behaviors of bone, gecko, cell, protein, DNA, carbon nanotubes, thin films and nanocrystalline materials. He has more than 30 years of research experience with more than 400 publications.

Memberships

• Member, National Academy of Engineering of USA
• Member, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
• Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences

 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineering
 Fellow, Institute of Physics (Great Britain) 
 Life Member, American Geophysical Union
 Life Member, Society of Engineering Science
 Member, Engineering Mechanics Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers
 Member, Materials Research Society

Professional Society Recognitions

• Theodore von Karman Medal (highest medal of ASCE in engineering mechanics), Engineering Mechanics Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2017
• Nadai Medal (highest medal of ASME in engineering materials), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2015
• William Prager Medal (highest medal of SES), Society of Engineering Science (SES), 2015
• Rodney Hill Prize in Solid Mechanics (highest international award in mechanics; only one awardee every four years), International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2012
• Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (highest German award for international scientists), Germany, 2012 
• Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (highest joint award of Pi Tau Sigma and ASME), Pi Tau Sigma (National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society) and ASME, 2011 
• Guggenheim Fellowship (for exceptional scholarship or creativity; only 1-2 awards in engineering per year), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1995

Research Interests

• Solid Mechanics, nanomechanics, biomechanics
• Mechanics of thin films and hierarchically structured materials
• Mechanics of nanostructured and nanotwinned materials
• Mechanics of biological and bio-inspired materials 
• Mechanics of cell-nanomaterials interactions
• Mechanics of energy storage materials
• Mechanics of cell adhesion
• Mechanics of amorphous alloys

Awards & Honors

 Theodore von Karman Medal (highest medal of ASCE in engineering mechanics), Engineering Mechanics Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2017
 Elected Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, 2017
 Faculty Fellow, Hagler Institute of Advanced Study (TIAS) at Texas A&M University, 2017
 Southwest Mechanics Lecture Series (invited lecture tour of universities in the Southwestern region of USA), 2017
 Fran and Eric Gebhardt Distinguished Lecture, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016
 Wang Ren Lecture on Mechanics, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, Peking University, 2016
 Rockwell Distinguished Lecture, University of Houston, 2016
 Fowler Distinguished Lecture, Texas A&M University, 2016
 CU-Boulder Aerospace Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, 2016
 C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Seminar (DSS) Series, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016
 Distinguished Visiting Chair Professor Scheme (DCPS), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2016-2017
 Elected Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2015
 Distinguished Lecture Series, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 2015
 Nadai Medal (for distinguished contributions and outstanding achievements which broaden the field of materials engineering), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2015
 William Prager Medal (for outstanding research contributions in theoretical solid mechanics), Society of Engineering Science, 2015
 James F. Bell Memorial Lecture in Continuum Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University, 2015
 Martin & Lucinda Glicksman Seminar Series, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, Florida Institute of Technology, 2015
 ISI Highly Cited Researcher, Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), 2015
 Winston Chen Distinguished Lecture, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 2014 
 Yunchuan Aisinjioro-Soo Distinguished Lecture, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014 
 Inaugural Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University, 2014
 The 33rd Master Forum Lecturer, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2014
 Honorary Professorship, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2013
 Founding co-Director, Center for Advanced Mechanics and Materials, Tsinghua University, 2013
 Van C. Mow Distinguished Lecture in Applied Mechanics, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2013. 
 Lee Hsun Lecture Award, Institute of Metals Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2012.
 Founding co-Director, Center for Advanced Mechanics and Materials, Tsinghua University, 2012.
• Inaugural Simpson Faculty Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2012.
• Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, 2012.
• Timoshenko Distinguished Visitor, Mechanics and Computation Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2012.
• Engineering Distinguished Lecture, The University of Hong Kong, 2012.
• Institute of Advanced Study Distinguished Lecture, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2012.
• Elected to National Academy of Engineering of USA, 2012.
• Rodney Hill Prize in Solid Mechanics, International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2012.
• Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Prize (Humboldt-Forschungspreis), Federal Republic of Germany, 2012.
• Honorary Professorship, Shanghai University, 2011.
• ASME Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2011.
• Stanford S. and Beverley P. Penner Distinguished Lecture in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 2011.
• Y.C. Fung Lecture, California Institute of Technology, 2011.
• Highly Commended Article, The James Clerk Maxwell Young Writers Prize, Journal of Philosophical Magazine, 2010 (with T.K. Bhandakkar, E. Chason).
• Honorary Professorship, Xian Jiaotong University, 2009.
• William Mong Distinguished Lectures, The University of Hong Kong, 2009.
• ASME Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2009.
• Distinguished scholars and artists Advisor, John S. Guggenheim Foundation, 2008-2011.
• Visiting Investigator Programme (VIP) Award, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, 2007-2012.
• The Jerzy Nowinski Lecture, University of Delaware, 2007.
• Distinguished Scholar Lecture, Arizona State University, 2007.
• Co-editor-in-Chief of Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2006.
• Midwestern Mechanics Lecturer, 2005-2006.
• Wissenschaftspreis des Stifterverbands (Research innovation award; team leader is Prof. Eduard Arzt), Max Planck Society, 2005.
• Elected Board of Directors, Society of Engineering Science, 2005.
• Young Investigator Award, Society of Engineering Science, 2005.
• Elected Fellow, The Institute of Physics, 2004.
• George Wallace Melville Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2004.
• Elected Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2003.
• Oversea Director, Shenyang Center for Interfacial Materials, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2003.
• Scientific Member (Director), Max Planck Society, 2001-2006.
• Outstanding Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation of China, 2000.
• Chang Jiang Chair Professorship Award, Chinese Ministry of Education, 2000.
• Special Achievement Award for Young Investigators in Applied Mechanics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1999.
• Humboldt Fellowship Award, 1997.
• Alcoa Science Award, 1996.
• Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship Award, 1995.
• NSF Young Investigator Award, 1993-1998.
• IBM Faculty Development Award, 1992-1993.
• NSF Research Initiation Award, 1990-1992.
• IBM Research Initiation Award, 1990.
• Schlumberger Fellowship Award, 1988.
• Harvard University Graduate Fellowship Award, 1984.
• Xian Jiaotong University, "SAN HAO XUE SHENG" medal, 1979-1982.
• Xian Jiaotong University Fellowship Award, 1978-1982.

Editorial Activities

• Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
  (co-Editor-in-Chief 2006-2015), 2006-present 
 Special Invited Editor, PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA), 2014
 Editorial Board, National Science Review (a topmost journal in China aimed at reviewing cutting-edge developments across science and technology in China and around the world under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), 2013- 

• Advisory Board, Computational Materials Science and Engineering, 2012-
• Advisory Board, Acta Mechanica Sinica, 2011-
• Editor-in-Chief, Acta Mechanica Sinica, 2001-2011
• Editor, International Journal of Applied Mechanics, 2009-
• Regional Editor, International Journal of Fracture, 2004-
• Acting Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 1997
• Chief Editor, Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 2004-2006
• Invited Editor, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 2008
• Associate Editor, Communications in Computational Physics, 2006-2007
• Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 2000-2006
• Editorial Board, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2005-2011
• Editorial Board, Journal of Computational & Theoretical Nanoscience, 2004-
• Editorial Board, Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems, 2004-
• Editorial Board, Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 1998-
• Editorial Board, Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Editorial Board, 2004- 
 Editorial Board, Acta Metallurgica Sinica, 2003-
 Editorial Board, Acta Mechanica, 2014-
 Board of Associate Editors, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2008-2013 

Society Leadership/
Committee Memberships

 Engineering Executive Committee (representing the Solid Mechanics Faculty Group on all matters related to teaching, research and administration in the School of Engineering), Brown University, 2008-2012, 2013-2014, 2015-
 Advisory Committee, the State Key Laboratory of Structural Analysis for Industrial Equipment, Dalian University of Technology, 2015-
 Academic Committee Chair, Department of Instrument Science and Engineering, School of Electronical Information and Electric Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2014-2017.
 Rodney Hill Prize Committee, International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2014-2015
 US Representative to IUTAM General Assembly, International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2014
 Journal of Applied Mechanics Paper Award Committee, Chair, 2014
 Community and Program Committee, School of Engineering, Brown University, 2014-2016
 Faculty Grievance Committee, Brown University, 2014-2017
 International Advisory Committee, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nanobionics (SINANO), Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2013-
 Founding co-Director, Center for Advanced Mechanics and Materials, Tsinghua University, 2013-
 University Resources Committee (responsible for recommending the annual operating and capital budget of the whole university to the President), Brown University, 2013-2016
 Mechanical Engineering Peer Committee (Member 2013, Vice Chair 2014, Chair 2015), National Academy of Engineering, 2013-2015
 Committee on Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty, (Member 2013-2014, Chair 2015), 2013-2016.
 DOE/BES Review Committee, Materials Science Program, Sandia National Laboratories, 2013
 IUTAM Congress Committee, International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2012-2016
 Director of Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), Brown University, 2012-2014
 Founding Associate Director, International Center for Applied Mechanics, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 2012-
 German Excellence Initiative Evaluation Committee, University of Freiburg, 2012
 Applied Mechanics Division Executive Committee, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Program Chair 2013, Vice Chair 2014, Chair 2015, Past Chair 2016-2020), 2010-2020
 Solid Mechanics Faculty Search Committees (Chair 2010), Brown University, 2008-2014
 DOE/NNSA PSAAP Review Committee, Center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity and Survivability of Microsystems (PRISM), Purdue University, 2009
 US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2008-2016
 Advisor of Guggenheim Fellowships in Engineering, John S. Guggenheim Foundation, 2008-2012
 IUTAM Solids Symposium Committee, International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2008-2016
 Committee on Diversity and Hiring, Brown University, 2007-2008
 University Re-accreditation Steering Committee (preparing the re-accreditation of Brown University with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges), Brown University, 2007-2009
 Board of Directors (Member 2004-2009, Vice President 2010, President 2011, Past President 2012), Society of Engineering Science, 2004-2012
 DOE/BES Review Committee, Materials Science Program, Sandia National Laboratories, 2006
 Senior Advisory Board, Garching Supercomputer Center, Max Planck Society, 2001-2006
 International Scientific Advisory Board, Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science (SYNL), Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2002-2014
 Scientific Advisory Board, Failure Mechanics Laboratory, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2002-2012
 International Scientific Advisory Board, Laboratory for Nonlinear Mechanics, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2001-2011
 Scientific Advisory Board, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming, 2001-2005
 DOE/BES Review Committee, Materials Science Program, Sandia National Laboratories, 2003
 DOE/BES Review Committee, Materials Science Program, Los Alamos National Laboratories, 2001