Xiaosheng Gao received his Ph.D. degree from Brown University, RI, USA, in May 1998 with a major in solid mechanics and two minors: one in materials science and the other in applied mathematics. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the University of Akron as an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering in January 2001 and was promoted to an Associate Professor in May 2006. His primary research is mechanics of materials with emphasis on numerical modeling and simulation. In recent years, he has worked extensively on developing mechanism-based models to simulate material failure process and to predict fracture of structural components. This research bridges the macroscopic continuum mechanics and the microscopic aspects of materials science. The results provide guidelines for safer and more economic design and operation of high-performance of engineering structures.
Biography Updated on 18 May 2010