Associate Professor Harold Park (ME, MSE) has been elected a fellow to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), an honor bestowed on only 3 percent of members. Park’s research on computational nanomechanics and multiscale computational engineering has resulted in key contributions to the field of mechanical engineering.
According to his award citation, Park was nominated because his work demonstrated “the key roles that nanoscale surface effects have in controlling the plastic deformation mechanisms, novel physical properties and failure mechanisms of crystalline nanowires.” He has also developed new computational methods to use atomic theory to predict dynamic fracture pathways in brittle materials. This important knowledge will allow for the use of efficient computational methods “to tackle nanometer-scale mechanics phenomena with high accuracy.”
ASME, founded in 1880, is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the role of the engineer in society. The fellowship distinction is conferred by the ASME Committee of Past Presidents to recognize candidates on their outstanding engineering achievements.