The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded the 2012 Nathan M. Newmark Medal to Yannis F. Dafalias, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis. The award honors Dafalias’s research in plasticity of metals and soils, finite elastic-plastic deformations, inherent and evolving anisotropy, and structural optimization.
Dafalias holds a joint appointment as professor of structural mechanics and geo-mechanics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of California at Davis, and as professor of mechanics at the Department of Mechanics of the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the National Technical University of Athens. Previous awards for Dafalias have included the Walter L. Huber Research Prize awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1987, and the Foreign Researcher Shield Plate awarded by the Japanese Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering in 1991. Dafalis earned his diploma of civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, a master of science in engineering mechanics from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in engineering sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE established the Nathan M. Newmark Medal in 1976 with contributions from Newmark’s former students to honor his contributions to the scientific base of structural engineering and teaching abilities. Recipients of the award have made “contributions that have substantially strengthened the scientific base of structural engineering.”