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Rohan Abeyaratne

Rohan Abeyaratne

Quentin Berg (1937) Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Room 3-366
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-0066  
Fax: 617-258-6156  
Email:

Administrative Contact:
Debra Blanchard
Room 3-264
Phone: 617-258-5808  
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Education

B.Sc.,  University of Ceylon, 1975

M.Sc.,  California Institute of Technology, 1976
Ph.D.,  California Institute of Technology, 1979

 

Honors & Awards

2010 - Drucker Medal, ASME

2007 - 2008 - President, American Academy of Mechanics
2001 - Quentin Berg Professorship
2000 - MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT
1998 - Fellow, ASME
1996 - Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics
1995 - Den Hartog Distinguished Educator Award
1988 - MIT Graduate Teaching Award
1975 - E.O.E. Pereira Gold Medal, University of Ceylon

 

Major Lectures

 

2010 - Plenary Lecture, Applied Mechanics Division, ASME Annual Congress, Vancouver, Canada

2010 - Inaugural James K. Knowles Lecture, California Instiute of Technology, Pasadena, California

2008 - Plenary Lecture, Canadian Conference on Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, Toronto, Canada

2008Plenary Lecture, International Conference on Applied Mathematics: Modeling, Analysis and Computation, Hong Kong

2008James R. and Shirley A. Kliegel Lecture, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

2007Alwin Schaller Distinguished Lecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

2007 - Plenary Lecture, National Academy of Engineering Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (NAE-CASEE)

2007 - Plenary Lecture, ASME Mechanics & Materials Conference, Austin, TX
2005  - Keynote Lecture, Workshop on Mathematical Materials Science, International Center for Mathematical Sciences, UK
2003 - 2004 - Midwest Mechanics Lecturer
2002  - Southwest Mechanics Lecturer
1984  - General Lecture, 10th Canadian Fracture Conference

 

Professional Service

2009 - 2013 - CEO & Director, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research & Technology (SMART) Centre

2008 - 2009 - co-Director, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research & Technology (SMART) Centre

2001 - 2008 - Head of Department, MIT Mechanical Engineering

1996 - 2001 - Associate Head of Department, MIT Mechanical Engineering

2010 - co-Chair, Scientific Advisory Board on Education, Mechanics Department, Tsinghua University

2010 - Scientific Advisory Board, Tsinghua University

2007 - Chair, Visiting Committee, Georgia Tech, Woodruff School of   Mechanical Engineering
2006 - Chair, Task Force on Mechanics Education, American Academy of Mechanics
2005 - Scientific Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
2005 - External Examiner, Faculty of Engineering, University of Sri Lanka
2005 - Chair, MIT Engineering Council's Working Group on Life Sciences and Human Health
2003 - Professional Advisory Board, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2003 - Member, U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
2003 - External Review Committee, John's Hopkins University: School of Engineering
2002 - External Evaluation Committee, Brown University: Mechanical Engineering Program
2001 - Visiting Committee, Cornell University, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
1993 - ASME Technical Committee on Instability in Solids and Structures
1988 - ASME Technical Committee on Elasticity

 

Editorial Boards

2011 - Editorial Board, Acta Mechanica Sinica

2005 - 2011 Associate Editor, Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics
2005 - Editorial Board, International Journal of Solids and Structures
1995 - Editorial Board, Journal of Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids
1991 - 1996 Editorial Board, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics
1989 - Editorial Board, International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education

 

Research Interests

Mechanics: Continuous and Discrete Models in Mechanics; Material Instabilities; Non-Equilibrium Behavior of Solids; Stress-Induced Phase Transformations in Solids.

 

Teaching Interests

Introductory and Advanced Mechanics of Deformable Solids, Dynamics, Elasticity, Continuum Mechanics

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