Mechanics of Materials and Structures as a Driver of Technological Innovation in the 21st Century

Sunday, October 13, 2019

1:15 – 2:15 pm

Graham Chapel

Biographical Information

Dr. Nakhiah Goulbourne is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan.  She earned her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2005.  Upon earning her PhD, she was appointed a tenure-track faculty position in the Mechanical Engineering department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  In 2009, she joined the faculty in the Aerospace Engineering department at the University of Michigan and established a group studying the mechanics of materials and structures.  She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award.

Currently, Dr. Goulbourne is the NSF program director for the Mechanics of Materials and Structures program (MoMS) within the mechanics and engineering materials cluster (MEM).  Her program supports research related to the mechanics of deformable materials and structures.  Current program areas include but are not limited to soft materials, low dimensional/nanomaterials, architected materials, computational mechanics and multi-scale modeling, multiphysics phenomena, constitutive modeling of metals/glasses/ceramics, composites, and related areas.