Pedro Ponte Castañeda Receives 2016 ASME Warner T. Koiter Medal

Ali JadbabaiePedro Ponte Castañeda, Raymond S. Markowitz Faculty Fellow and Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, is the recipient of the 2016 Warner T. Koiter Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is being recognized "for his world-leading development of theoretical tools of great power, elegance and practical importance for the analysis of the nonlinear response of composite materials."

The award, which includes a medal, a plaque, and an honorarium, will be presented at the AMD Honors and Awards Banquet, during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Phoenix,
Arizona.

The Warner T. Koiter Medal, established in 1996, is bestowed in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of solid mechanics with special emphasis on the effective blending of theoretical and applied elements of the discipline, and on a high degree of leadership in the international solid mechanics community.

Ponte's research is in the area of heterogeneous material systems, including composites, polycrystalline aggregates and particulate flows. In the area of composite materials, he addresses nonlinear constitutive and kinematical effects as observed in low-temperature plasticity and high-temperature creep of metal-matrix composites, as well as in the large-deformation behavior of fiber-reinforced  and porous elastomers. His group is also concerned with the theoretical development of constitutive models for porous metals, accounting for the evolution of the microstructure, which will be useful in assessing the effect of porosity on localization instabilities with applications to ductile failure and manufacturing processes. He is also developing constitutive models for low-symmetry polycrystals, magneto-rheological elastomers, electro-active composites, soft particle suspensions and skeletal muscle.

To read more about Ponte and his research, please visit his Penn Engineering research profile.

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