Faculty Profile

Elif Ertekin

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Elif Ertekin
Elif Ertekin
Associate Professor
225 Mechanical Engineering Bldg
1206 W. Green
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-8175

Primary Research Area

  • Solid Mechanics

Education

  • B.S., Mathematics, Penn State University, 1999
  • B.S., Engineering Science & Mechanics, Penn State University, with Honors, 1999
  • M.S., Engineering Science, Penn State University, 2000
  • M.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
  • Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2006

Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist & Course Instructor, Berkeley Nanosciences & Nanoengineering Institute, University of California, Berkeley, 2007-2009
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, MIT, 2009-2011
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science & Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2011-2017

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Research Interests

  • Computational materials design, mechanical properties at the nanoscale, electronic properties of materials for energy storage and conversion, nanoscale phase transitions, properties of interfaces between dissimilar materials, defect-property relationships for materials.

Research Areas

  • Applied Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Transportation

Selected Articles in Journals

Professional Societies

  • American Physical Society, member since 2007
  • Materials Research Society, member since 2001

Teaching Honors

  • Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016), Illinois

Research Honors

  • Early Career Faculty Fellow, The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), 2016
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, University of Illinois College of Engineering, 2015
  • Materials Research Society Best Poster Award, 2005 and 2012
  • Intel Corporation Graduate Fellowship, 2004-2005
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1999-2002
  • Xerox Undergraduate Research Award, Penn State University, 2000
  • Frank Fenlon Undergraduate Thesis Presentation Award, Penn State University, 1999