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Biography

L. Catherine Brinson

Associate Professor
Ph. D., Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1986-1990

Northwestern University

Department:    Mechanical Engineering
E-mail:   cbrinson@northwestern.edu
Home Page:    http://www.mech.northwestern.edu/fac/brinson
Phone:   (847) 467-2347
Fax:   (847) 463-0540


Research Statement
Professor Brinson's research interests lie in the study of advanced material systems including high performance composites and intelligent materials, and developing new methods to characterize and to model material behavior. Current research investigations involve studies of aging in polymeric based systems, nanomechanics of nano-reinforced polymers, characterization of titanium foams for bone implants, and experiments and modeling of shape memory alloys. Investigations span the range of molecular interactions, micromechanics and macroscale behavior. Projects encompass analytical, numerical and experimental techniques.


Education
1986-1990 Ph. D., Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
1985-1986 M.S., Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
1981-1985 B.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics (summa cum laude), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA


Positions
2000-2001 Visiting Professor, Universistaet der Bundeswehr, Hamburg, Germany
1998- Associate Professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1992-1998 Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1991-1992 Visiting Research Scientist, DLR - German Air and Space Agency, Goettingen, Germany


Selected Honors
2000-2001 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship
1999 President of the Society of Engineering Science
1998-2000 Defense Science Study Group, Institute for Defense Analysis
1997- Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Engineering Materials & Technology
1996-2002 Associate Editor, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
1996-1998 Board of Directors of the Society of Engineering Science
1995-1999 NSF CAREER Award
1995 ASEE New Mechanics Educator
1993 ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship, NASA-Langley
1992-1994 June and Donald Brewer Junior Professor, endowed chair, Northwestern University
1991-1992 AAUW (American Association of University Women Educational Foundation) Postdoctoral Fellowship

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