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Professors Ryan Elliott and Thomas Schwartzentruber Promoted to Full Professor

Professor Ryan Elliott Professor Thomas Schwartzentruber
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The Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics department is pleased to announce the promotions of Professors Ryan Elliott and Thomas Schwartzentruber from Associate Professor to Full Professor, effective beginning of Fall Semester 2018.

Professor Elliott received his B.S degree in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University in 1998. He then went to the University of Michigan, where he received a M.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering in 1999, a M.S. in Mathematics in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2004. Professor Elliott joined AEM as an Assistant Professor in 2005 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2011. Professor Elliott was a Visiting Researcher at the Laboratoire de Mechanique des Solides at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris in 2010. He also served as the Russell J. Penrose Faculty Fellow from 2012 to 2015. Fall of 2017, he was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and he is active in the Society of Engineering Sciences (SES).

Professor Elliott is an expert in theoretical and computational methods in solid mechanics and stability theory. Professor Elliott's research interests are in the areas of active materials, shape memory alloys, solid-to-solid phase transformations, and atomistic materials modeling. In addition, he and co-workers established the OpenKIM (Knowledgebase of Interatomic Potentials) project. His research has been well recognized throughout his career. Professor Elliott has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award and a University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professorship.In 2014. Professor Elliott received the Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award for excellence in computational mechanics from the Applied Mechanics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Professor Schwartzentruber received his B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2001, his M.A.Sc. Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2003, and his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2007. He was a post-doctoral associate at Michigan from 2007 to 2008 before joining AEM as an Assistant Professor in 2008. In 2011, Professor Schwartzentruber was a visiting Assistant Professor at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2014 He is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and serves on the AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee.

Professor Schwartzentruber was the recipient of an Air Force Young Investigator Award in 2009, a Taylor Career Development Award in 2014, and he was named as the Russell Penrose Faculty Fellow in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in 2015. He is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department.

Professor Schwartzentruber's research utilizes particle simulation methods to model non-equilibrium and chemically reacting gas flows. He is one of the founders and leading practitioners of a method called Discrete Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC).During his career at Minnesota, he has not only has made important and powerful extensions to the DSMC method, he has also led the development of a completely new method that enables first-principles simulations of basic flow physics, and he has extended these approaches to new areas of research .

Visit the faculty pages of Professor Elliott and Professor Schwartzentruber for more information about these dedicated professors.


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