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UNT Insider | June 2007 Issue | Faculty Focus

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Visiting professor elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

From a UNT News Service press release

Alan Needleman

A visiting professor of materials science and engineering at UNT has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Alan Needleman also is the Florence Pirce Grant University Professor at Brown University. He served as a visiting professor during the spring 2007 semester, and will return to UNT as a visiting professor for the spring 2008 and spring 2009 semesters.

Needleman's main research interests are in the computational modeling of deformation and fracture processes in materials over a range of size scales from the nano to the macro. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1977, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has been awarded the Prager Medal by the Society of Engineering Science and the Drucker Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Needleman also holds honorary doctorates from The Technical University of Denmark and Ecole Normale Superior de Cachan (France).

Oscar Garcia, founding dean of UNT's College of Engineering says, "We are extremely proud to have Alan Needleman associated with our new College of Engineering as he is an internationally established authority in computational materials science and related areas. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow election is one more recognition in the long list of acknowledgments of his contributions."

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences selects its members through a highly competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large.

In addition to Needleman, among the 203 new fellows elected to the Academy in 2007 include former Vice President Albert Gore, Jr.; former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; New York Mayor and businessman Michael Bloomberg; Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt; New York Times investigative correspondent James Risen; astronomer Donald Brownlee; filmmaker Spike Lee; actor Robert Redford and classical pianist Emanuel Ax.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108
Contact: Rafael McDonnell 940-565-4835
Email: RMcDonnell@unt.edu

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June 2007

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