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Symposium 8: Defects in materials

Honoring Professor Nasr Ghoniem on the occasion of his 60th birthday


Ladislas Kubin, CNRS-ONERA, France

Steve Zinkle, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Shahram Sharafat, University of California, Los Angeles

Hanchen Huang, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Anter El-Azab, Florida State University


This symposium is held in honor of Professor Nasr M. Ghoniem, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of California Los Angeles on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Professor Ghoniem has made innumerous contributions in a wide range of fields, such as the mechanics and physics of defects, computational materials science, radiation interaction with materials, instabilities and self-organization in non-equilibrium materials. As well as being a world renowned scientist, he also gained fame as an outstanding teacher and mentor to many young scientists. His dedication to education has earned him the prestigious title of “University of California Distinguished Professor.” Prof. Ghoniem’s career was recently highlighted by the publication of two voluminous books, which he co-authored with D. Walgraef, "Instabilities and Self-Organization in Materials", published by Oxford University Press. These books address critical phenomena such as phase transitions, plastic deformation and fracture, intimately related to self-organization. His contributions include the advancement of methods for producing spatially-ordered and self-assembled microstructure in solids by non-equilibrium methods. This research opens the door for many technological applications.

The speakers of this symposium are invited to present theoretical, computational, and/or experimental contributions in one of the following areas:

  • Radiation effects in materials
  • Laser-surface interaction
  • Dislocation dynamics and mesoscale plasticity
  • Phase changes in materials and equilibrium and non-equilibrium microstructure pattern formation
  • Thin film phenomena and atomic/defect processes on surfaces
  • Damage mechanics and fracture in materials
  • Microstructural effects on the mechanics of materials
  • Methods of multiscale modeling

Contact Information of Symposium Organizers

Ladislas Kubin

Director of Research
29 Av. de la Division Leclerc, BP 72, 92322 Chatillon Cedex, France
Tel +33-01 46 73 44 41, Fax +33-01 46 73 41 55

Steve Zinkle

Director, Materials Science and Technology Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
1 Bethel Valley Road
P.O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6132, USA
Tel 865-574-4065, Fax 865-574-4066

Shahram Sharafat

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1597
Tel 310-794-5990, Fax 310-206-4830

Hanchen Huang

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering
School of Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180
Tel 518-276-2020

Anter El-Azab (Symposium Chair)

School of Computational Science and Mechanical Engineering Department
Florida State University
Dirac Science Library
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4120, USA
Tel. (850) 644-2434, Fax 850-644-0098