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2016 Warner T. Koiter Medal – Professor Pedro Ponte Castañeda

The Executive Committee of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division is pleased to announce and congratulate Professor Pedro Ponte Castañeda, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, as the recipient of the 2016 Warner T. Koiter Medal. This award, which includes a medal, a plaque, and an honorarium, will be presented at the AMD Honors and Awards Banquet, tentatively scheduled on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona, November 11-17, 2016.

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. The award was funded by the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, to honor Warner T. Koiter for his fundamental work in nonlinear stability of structures in the most general sense, for his diligence in the effective application of these theories, his international leadership in mechanics, and his effectiveness as a teacher and researcher.

Professor Castañeda receives the Koiter Medal, 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.

Peter Wriggers, Chair
AMD Executive Committee

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