Ares Rosakis Sc.M.’80 Ph.D.’83 was awarded the 2011 A. Cermal Eringen Medal of the Society of Engineering Science (SES) in recognition of his sustained contributions to dynamic fracture mechanics and methods to determine stresses in thin film structures. Medalists for 2011 were announced at the recent 48th Annual Technical Meeting of SES at Northwestern University.
Rosakis is the Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics
and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California Institute of Technology.
He is presently Chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science
at Caltech, where he previously served as Director of the Graduate Aerospace
Laboratories between 2004 and 2009. He is a member of the US National
Academy of Engineering and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He
received his BA and MA degrees in engineering science from Oxford University,
and his Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees in solid mechanics from Brown University.
Rosakis has received numerous honors including the Hetényi Award (1991, 2008), the B.L. Lazan Award (1996), the Frocht Award (2003), the Murray Medal and Lecture (2005) and the Harting Award (2007) from
the Society of Experimental Mechanics, the Brown University Engineering Alumni Medal and the Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award from ASME (2010).