||This symposium will highlight emerging experimental and computational techniques that are rapidly changing the design process for materials that function in a broad array of thermomechanical environments. New in-situ micromechanical test techniques, rapid property screening approaches and 3D structural probes that provide new mechanistic insights on dislocation dynamics, the role of material structure across lengthscales and the connection to macroscale properties will be featured. The challenges of integrating of multiple, heterogenous, high volume streams of materials data will be discussed. Presentations will highlight new methodologies and workflows that can guide the design of lightweight, high temperature, fatigue resistant and architected materials and structures.
This award symposium was established to honor Professor William D. Nix and the tremendous legacy that he has developed and shared with the minerals, metals, and materials community and to highlight and promote continued progress and innovation relevant to research into the underlying mechanisms and mechanical behavior of macro-, micro-, and nanoscale materials. This symposium specifically recognizes Professor Nix’s influential roles in micromechanics of deformation and materials science for more than half a century.
Professor Nix’s research and seminal contributions to structural materials, thin films, and nanoscale plasticity have had significant impact on critical U.S. industries, spawned new fields of study, and motivated generations of researchers working in fields that span from aerospace to microelectronics. Breakthroughs in technologies for these critical industries depend heavily on the availability of advanced materials that can be engineered and optimized at the nanoscale. Professor Nix’s groundbreaking contributions have allowed us to characterize, understand, and predict the mechanical behavior and reliability of such materials and have been critical enablers of these key technologies.