David Barnett wins the 2018 Drucker Medal

DAVID BARNETT, professor emeritus of materials science and engineering and of mechanical engineering, was recently named a recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2018 Drucker Medal for his contributions to the field of applied mechanics and mechanical engineering.

Established in 1997, the Drucker Medal recognizes excellence in research, teaching and service to the community and is named to honor an engineering professor at Brown University and later dean of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

David Barnett
David Barnett (Image credit: Joel Simon)

Barnett’s research focuses on dislocations and waves in anisotropic elastic and piezoelectric media. His work, much of which has involved collaboration with the late Norwegian physicist Jens Lothe, led to a better understanding of defects, such as dislocations and of surface and interfacial waves in solids, and included the development of the so-called integral formalism to aid in the solution of problems in anisotropic elasticity.

Drucker Medal awardees receive an honorarium and bronze medal for their accomplishments. Barnett will be honored at the ASME annual awards presentation in Pittsburgh in November.

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