George G. Adams

Northeastern University, USA


George G. Adams received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Cooper Union in 1969 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering (applied mechanics) from the University of California at Berkeley, Calif, USA, in 1972 and 1975, respectively. He is an Engineering Distinguished Professor at the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (joint appointment with Electrical and Computer Engineering) at Northeastern University where he has served on the faculty since 1979. His areas of expertise are in contact mechanics, adhesion, and tribology; mechanics of microelectro mechanical systems (MEMSs), especially RF MEMS switches and micromirrors; nanomechanics (including materials characterization, adhesion, and mechanical and electrical contacts); and the dynamic response of structures to moving loads (including friction-induced vibrations and other instabilities). He has published over 70 refereed journal papers and has had numerous research grants and contracts with government and industry. Dr. Adams became an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and a Research Associate at the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose, Calif, prior to joining the Northeastern University in 1979. He is an Associate Editor of Microsystems Technologies—Micro- and Nanosystems and Information Storage and Processing Systems and of the International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering. He cofounded and served as the first Chair of the Contact Mechanics Technical Committee of the Tribology Division of ASME. He is a Fellow of the ASME and the STLE.

Biography Updated on 4 February 2010

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