I am a Professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University. My training is in the general area of mechanics of materials, as I got all my degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Northeastern University, and Northwestern University, respectively. My research focuses on learning more about the interaction of three fields of materials science, mechanics of solids, and structural design. I am simply curious about and interested in understanding how things fail. That way, we can make safer products and systems which range from better corneal surgery procedures, to electric power insulators, jet engines, and buildings that are resistant to total collapse under earthquake. We can accomplish these seemingly unrelated fields through a few tools of the trade that include: experimental stress analysis, constitutive modeling, durability of composites, and are thus able to manipulate the toughness and strength of materials. My sense of purpose is based on working toward a belief: A safe and secure shelter is a human right.
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Be a lamp, a lifeboat, a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi, 1207-1273 AD
- Ph.D. Northwestern University
- M.S. Northeastern University
- B.S. University of Wisconsin-Platteville