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Science Pop-Up Talks - Engineering Disasters - Learning from Failure
Nikhilesh Chawla, Ransburg Professor in Materials Engineering, Purdue University “Engineering Disasters - Learning from Failure” ABSTRACT: History is filled with several, often spectacular, engineering disasters. With each disaster, however, engineers have learned important lessons that have prevented future disasters. This talk covers the importance of materials in engineering disasters. In particular, examples of engineering disasters, such as the failure of the ship Titanic, the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings, and the recent Columbia Space Shuttle disaster will be covered. In each part, I will discuss the relevant engineering materials issues associated with these disasters. In particular, structure-property relationships are highlighted to obtain a fundamental understanding of the root cause of each disaster. The presentation concludes with what we have learned to decrease the chance of future disasters. BIO: Nikhilesh Chawla is Ransburg Professor in Materials Engineering at Purdue University. He joined Purdue in 2020, after previously serving as Founding Director of the Center for 4D Materials Science and Fulton Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Arizona State University. Prof. Chawla received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1997. He was a postdoctoral fellow jointly at Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan, and a senior development engineer at Hoeganaes Corporation. Prof. Chawla’s research is in the area Four-Dimensional (4D) materials science with a particular emphasis on the deformation behavior of advanced materials at bulk and small length scales. He has co-authored close to 280 refereed journal publications and over 500 presentations in these areas. He has over 13,000 citations to his work. He is the author of the textbook Metal Matrix Composites (co-authored with K.K. Chawla), published by Springer. The 2nd edition of this book was published in 2013. Prof. Chawla is a fellow of ASM International and past member of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) Board of Directors. He is the recipient of the University of Michigan, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2018, Acta Materialia Silver Medal for 2017, and New Mexico Tech Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2016. In addition, he was named 2016 Structural Materials Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineering Award, as well as the 2016 Functional Materials Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineering Award, both from TMS; 2013 Brimacombe Medalist Award from TMS; 2011 Distinguished Lectureship given by Tsinghua University, China; 2004 Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers, given by ASM International; and the 2006 TMS Young Leaders Tutorial Lecture. He’s also won the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. Prof. Chawla is editor of Materials Science and Engineering A published by Elsevier (2020 Impact Factor of 5.2). He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Materials Characterization and Materials Chemistry and Physics.
Event Type : Study Groups      
Category : Science Pop-Up Talks - Series Three
Date(s) : 04/14/2022
Time : 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Location : Online
Instructor : Varied, see description
Fee : $10.00
Event Status : COMPLETED