Director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials (CEAM)
Distinguished Professor of Mechanics and Materials

Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, San Diego 
4209 Engineering Building 1
9500 Gilman Drive 
La Jolla, CA 92093-0416 

Office: 4209 EBUI 
Phone: (858) 534-4914 
FAX: (858) 534-2727 
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Doctor of Philosophy, 1964
University of California, Berkeley , Berkeley, CA.

Master of Science, 1961
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.



Experimentally-based analytical/computational, nano-scale modeling of response and failure modes of materials, particularly multifunctional structural systems, e.g., structural composites with tunable electromagnetic functionality and stress-wave functionality, thermal management, self-healing, self-sensing, and metamaterials with negative refractive index; polyelectrolytes and ionic polymer metal composites as soft-actuators and sensors; shape-memory alloys; bio-hybrid interfaces and their short- and long-term functionality; advanced metals and ceramics; elastomers; granular materials; and hybrid composites. Current research is focused on phononic and photonic crystals, and non-linear solitary waves in granular crystals.


  • Multiscale Multifunctional Materials: self-healing, self-sensing, and electronically tuned composites
  • Adaptive Materials for Energy-Absorbing Hybrid Structures
  • Dynamic Response of Elastomers (particularly polyurea and polyurethane)
  • Structural Composites with Tuned EM Chirality
  • Microstructural Design for Stress Wave Energy Management
  • Elastomeric Polymer-by-Design for Blast-Induced Shock-Wave Management
  • Materials with Controlled Microstructural Architecture
  • Active Acoustic Cloaking


2004- Distinguished Professor of Mechanics and Materials, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
1999- Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
1998-00 Director, Institute for Mechanics and Materials, UC San Diego
1992-97 Co-Director, Institute for Mechanics and Materials, UC San Diego
1989-94 Founding Director, Materials Science and Engineering Program, UC San Diego
1986- Director, Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials, UC San Diego
1985-99 Professor, Dept. of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, UC San Diego
1972-73 Visiting Professor, Dept of Solid Mech., The Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby 
1970-85 Professor of Civil Eng. and Applied Math., Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL
1969-70 Associate Professor of Applied Mechanics, Dept. of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, UC San Diego
1966-69 Assistant Professor of Applied Mechanics, Dept. of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, UC San Diego
1965-66 Senior Research Engineer, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1964-65 Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1963-64 Teaching Fellow (part-time), UC Berkeley
1961-62 Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, California State College (now University), Sacramento


2015 2014/15 Distinguished Teaching Award for Academic Senate Members
2013 ASME Gold Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2012 M.M. Frocht Award, Society of Experimental Mechanics
2011 Inaugural Felix Bloch Lecturer, Phononics 2011 Conference
2011 4th Elsevier Distinguished Lecturer in Mechanics, New Jersey Institute of Technology
2011 Ist Recipient of the SEM Sia Nemat-Nasser Medal [formally the Sia Nemat-Nasser Award]
2010 Yunchuan Aisinjioro-Soo Distinguished Lectureship, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2010 Russell Severance Springer Professor - Fall Semester 2010, UC Berkeley
2009 SEM establishes the 'Sia Nemat-Nasser Award' to recognize an individual for distinguished, innovative and outstanding work that has realized the impact of experimental mechanics on other scientific and engineering fields through an integrated multidisciplinary research.
2009 M.W. Murray Medal and Lecture, Society of Experimental Mechanics
2008 Stephan P. Timoshenko Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2008 ASME Materials Division establishes 'The Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Medal,' to recognize the excellence of young investigators who are within ten years after their Ph.D
2008 Distinguished Service Award, California State University, Sacramento, & Sacramento State Alumni Association
2007 American Society of Mechanical Engineers IMECE Symposium on Modeling and Experiments in Nanomechanics and Nanomaterials - In Honor of Sia Nemat-Nasser, Seattle, WA, Nov. 2007
2007 B.J. Lazan Award, Society of Experimental Mechanics
2006 Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2006 Certificate of Recognition-Outstanding Dedication as Faculty Mentor, UC Faculty Mentor Program
2005 Honorary Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2005 Faculty Research Lecturer Award, UC San Diego
2004 Honorary Member, World Innovation Foundation
2003 Willard F. Rockwell Medal, International Technology Institute
2003 Honorary Member World Level of the Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology, HOFEST
2003 Best Paper of the Year Award, Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems, [Nemat-Nasser, S. "Micromechanics of Actuation of Ionic Polymer-metal Composites," Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 92, No. 5 (2002) 2899-2915], American Society of Mechanical Engineers Aerospace Division
2002 Nadai Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2002 William Prager Medal in Solid Mechanics, Society of Engineering Science
2001 Life Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2001 National Academy of Engineering, Member
2001 MMC2001 Conference Symposium on Experiments and Modeling of Failure of Modern Materials-In Honor of Sia Nemat-Nasser’s 65th Anniversary, San Diego, CA
2000 Millsaps-Taylor Memorial Lecture, University of Florida
2000 Teacher of the Year Award, Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego
2000 Certificate of Recognition - Outstanding Support as Faculty Mentor to McNair Scholar, UC San Diego
1997 Technical University of Crete's Gold Medal
1997-98 Chair, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Materials Division
1996-97 Outstanding Teaching Award, School of Engr. Mechanical Engineering, UC San Diego
1996-97 President, American Academy of Mechanics
1996 Int'l Symposium on Deformation Characteristics and Modeling of Materials - In Honor of Sia Nemat-Nasser's 60th Anniversary, Sendai, Japan; [Mech. of Mater. Vol. 28 (1-4) 1998].
1995-00 John Dove Isaacs Chair in Natural Philosophy
1994-95 Teacher of the Year Award, School of Engineering-AMES Dept, UC, San Diego
1988-94 Secretary, American Academy of Mechanics
1988 Fellow, Society of Engineering Science
1987 Foreign Fellow, Danish Center for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics
1979 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
1979-80 President, Society of Engineering Science
1976-82 Director, Society of Engineering Science
1975 Alburz Educational Foundation Prize
1972-73 Fellowship, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby
1970 Founding Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics
1963-64 Ford Foundation, UC Berkeley
1962-63 Arthur Gould Tasheira Fellowship, UC Berkeley
1959-60 Student Award Certificate, American Society for Testing and Materials



  • American Academy of Mechanics
    - Member, Honors (Awards) Committee (2005-)
    - President (1996-97)
    - President-Elect (1995-96)
    - Secretary (1989-1994)
    - Founding Fellow (1970 - present) - Timoshenko Medal Committee, Member (2009-2014)
  • American Association of University Professors (since 1983)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • - Fellow of Engineering Mechanics Institute (2013)
    - Charter Member of Engineering Mechanics Institute (2007)
    - Lifetime Membership Certification 2003
    - Engineering Mechanics Division:
    - Committee on Inelastic Behavior (1983-85) (1992-95)
    - Member (1975)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    - Honorary Member (2005)
    - Lifetime Membership Certification for 35 years of support (2001-)
    - Fellow (1979)
    - Applied Mechanics Division:
    • Timoshenko Medal Committee, Member (2009-2014)
    • Committee on Geomechanics, Member (1992-1995)
    • Committee on Geomechanics, Chairman (1981-85)
    • Program Committee, Member (1979-82)
    - Materials Division:
    • Executive Committee, Member (1993-98)
    • Chair (1997-98)
    - Materials & Structures Technical Group:
    • International Congress Group Representative (1995)
  • International Society for Computational Engineering & Sciences (ISCES)
    - Founding Member (1999-)
  • International Technology Institute (2003-)
  • National Academy of Engineering
    Member, 2001
    - Co-Chair Section 10 Search Committee (2007-2010)
    - Member, 2009 Nominating Committee
  • Society of Engineering Science
    - Silver Member Certification for 24 years of support (2009 -)
    - Fellow (1988 - present)
    - Committee on Geophysical and Geotechnical Phenomena, Chairman (1984)
    - President (1979-80)
  • Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) (1999-) 
  • The American Society for Metals (ASM) International (1987- )
  • The Mathematical Association of America (2004 –)
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) (1996-)
  • The Society for Experimental Mechanics (1984- )
  • - Fellow (2011 - present)
  • World Innovation Foundation (2004-)



  • Editor of Mechanics Today, series of books (Vols. 1-6 published by Pergamon Press on behalf of the American Academy of Mechanics) (1974-1976, 1978, 1980-1981)
  • Co-Editor of Mechanics of Elastic and Inelastic Solids, series of seven books, published by two publishers;  Martinus Nijhofff and Kluwer Academic (1980 - 1989)
  • Editor, Three Dimensional Constitutive Relations and Ductile Fracture, North Holland Publishing (1981)
  • Editor-in-Chief, international journal Mechanics of Materials (1982 - present)
  • Editor, Mech. Mater. "Inelastic Deformation and Failure Modes,” Vol. 4 (1985)
  • Honorary Editorial Advisory Board Member, Iranian Journal of Science and Technology (until 1979)
  • Advisory Board Member, international journal Mechanics-Research Communications (until 1985)
  • Editorial Board Member, international Journal of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (1980-1990)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Microcomputers in Civil Engineering (1993)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, international journal Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (1990-1994)
  • Editorial Board Member, international journal Mechanics and Materials in Design (2001-)
  • Editorial Board Member, journal Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures (2004-2006)



Has authored, co-authored, or edited over twenty books and proceedings, and has organized over forty scientific workshops and meetings, including organization of the 2001 Mechanics and Materials Summer Conference, jointly sponsored by ASME's Materials and Applied Mechanics Divisions, ASCE Engineering Mechanics Division and the Society of Engineering Science.  He has published over 470 scientific articles and has presented over 430 lectures and seminars at scientific meetings and at various institutions, with more than thirty-five being plenary or keynote lectures.

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