Dr. Xiaosheng Gao is currently a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Akron. He received his PhD from Brown University in May 1998 with a major in solid mechanics and two minors: one in materials science and the other in applied mathematics. Before joining the University of Akron, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary research is mechanics of materials and structures 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 9 August 2011