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Isaac M. Daniel

Walter P. Murphy Professor
Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1964

Northwestern University

Department:    Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Research Statement
Prof. Daniel's research encompasses many areas of mechanics and materials with emphasis on experimental mechanics and composite materials. In the latter, he has worked on all aspects of the area including processing, micromechanics, characterization, fracture and damage mechanics, nondestructive evaluation and life prediction. He has pioneered test methods for characterization of polymer, ceramic and metal matrix composites. He is the author of a widely used textbook on Mechanics of Composites. In recent years he has been working on processing, characterization and modeling of polymer/clay and polymer/graphite nanocomposites.

1964 Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology
1959 Illinois Institute of Technology
1957 B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology

1998- Walter P. Murphy Professor
1997- Director, Center for Intelligent Processing of Composites
1996- Chairman, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Program
1986- Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
1984 Visiting Professor, University of Poitiers, France
1982-1986 Professor and Director, Mechanics of Materials Laboratory, Illinois Institute of Technology
1975-1982 Science Advisor of Materials and Manufacturing Technology, IIT Research Institute
1965-1975 Manager, Experimental Stress Analysis Section, IIT Research Institute
1959-1965 Research Engineer, Armour Research Foundation

Selected Honors
2002 Symposium on "Recent Advances in Experimental Mechanics" in honor of Isaac M. Daniel held in conjunction with 14th U.S. National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Blacksburg, VA
1999 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
1998 William M. Murray Medal and Lecture, Society for Experimental Mechanics
1996 Distinguished Research Award, American Society for Composites
1995 Keynote speaker at 2nd International Conference on Composites Engineering
1994 Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics
1993-1999 Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics
1984 B. J. Lazan Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics
1982 Keynote speaker at 7th International Conference on Experimental Stress Analysis
1981 Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics
1978-1980 National Materials Advisory Board Committee on "Characterization of Organic Matrix Composites,"

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