Kevin Turner Receives Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award

Kevin Turner, Gabel Family Term Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, is the recipient of the 2014 Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for "outstanding research in experimental and theoretical solid mechanics, particularly for advancing the understanding of interfacial mechanics with applications to microscale and nanoscale manufacturing, wafer bonding, layer transfer processes, failure and reliability in microsystems, and advanced lithography."

Turner's research addresses fundamental and applied problems at the intersection of the fields of surface and interface mechanics and micro- and nanosystems. Surface and interface mechanics, which encompasses fracture, contact, and adhesion mechanics, plays a crucial role in determining the behavior of many micro- and nanoscale systems and manufacturing processes. Turner's research group uses a combination of experimental measurements, analytical modeling, and numerical simulations to improve and realize innovative micro- and nanomanufacturing processes as well as to develop new approaches to measure the mechanical properties of interfaces at small scales. His current work includes projects in semiconductor wafer bonding, microtransfer printing, tip-based nanomanufacturing, microfluidic devices for probing cell mechanics, and characterizing soft materials and interfaces.

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

To read more about Turner and his research, please visit his faculty profile.