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Engineering educator

Huajian Gao, American engineering educator. Memorial fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 1995. Fellow: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Robert Henry Thurston Lecturer award 2009, George Wallace Melville medal 2004, Special Achievement award 1999).

Background

Gao, Huajian was born on December 7, 1963 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Son of Shurong Gao and Shixin Xu.

Education

Huajian Gao received his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Xi'an Jiaotong University of China in 1982, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Harvard University in 1984 and 1988, respectively.

Career

He taught at Stanford University between 1988 and 2002, where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1994 and to full Professor in 2000. He joined the Max Planck Society in 2001 as a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Metals in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2006 he moved to Brown University as the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Engineering.

Professor Gao has a background in applied mechanics and engineering science. His research interests span over Solid Mechanics, Nanomechanics and Biomechanics. He works on mechanics of thin films and hierarchically structured materials, mechanics of biological and bio-inspired materials, mechanics of nanostructured and nanotwinned materials, mechanics of cell adhesion, mechanics of cell-nanomaterials interactions, mechanics of energy storage systems, and mechanics of metallic glasses.

Achievements

  • Professor Gao is the recipient of numerous academic honors, from a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995 to recent honors including the Humboldt Prize from Germany and Rodney Hill Prize in Solid Mechanics from the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 2012. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012, and to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (as a foreign academician) in 2015.

Membership

Fellow: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Robert Henry Thurston Lecturer award 2009, George Wallace Melville medal 2004, Special Achievement award 1999).

Connections

Married Joan Cheung.

father:
Shurong Gao

mother:
Shixin Xu

spouse:
Joan Cheung.