Founder, Director, Autonomic Materials Inc., Champaign, IL 2008-present
Founding Partner, Sr. Res. Scientist, CU Aerospace, Champaign, IL 1998-present
Composite materials, processing of polymers and composites, bio-inspired materials, multifunctional materials, novel processing techniques, process modeling, health monitoring, self-healing composites, energy storage materials, mechanical behavior of polymers and composites
Journal of Composite Materials, Editorial Board, 2000-present
Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM), professional member
Society of Engineering Science (SES) Fellow, Board of Directors, 2007-2011, Vice President 2009, President 2010
Society for Advanced Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), UIUC Faculty Advisor 1996-date, 2nd Vice-Chair Chicago Chapter 1998-2005
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Chair Composites Materials Committee, 2000-02
American Society of Composites (ASC), Fellow
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Materials Committee
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), professional member
American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), professional member
UIUC Graduate Student Mentoring Award (2014)
Multi-Year Faculty Achievement Award (2007), College of Engineering, UIUC (2007)
UIUC Incomplete List of Teachers Rated as Excellent by their Students (1992,1995,2004[Fall], 2004 [Spring], 2006, 2008)
International Paper Undergraduate Instruction Award (1995)
UIUC College of Engineering Outstanding Advisor (1996,1998,2000,2007)
M. Heti Award, Society of Experimental Mechanics (2016)
Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Aaward (2016)
American Society for Composites Outstanding Research Award (2014)
Humboldt Research Award, Humboldt Foundation (2013)
Fellow, American Society for Composites (2010)
Colombo Prize Finalist, University of Padua, Padova, Italy (2009)
Innovation Discovery Award, Vice Chancellor for Research of the University of Illinois, the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership of the University of Illinois, and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation (2008)
SciAm 50 Award, Scientific American (2007)
Centennial Fellow, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State University (2006)
University Scholar, University of Illinois (2006)
Willett Professor, College of Engineering, University of Illinois (2005)
HHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Harrisonville, MO (2004)
Willett Faculty Scholar, College of Engineering, University of Illinois (2002-2005)
American Society for Composites, Best Paper Award (2002, 2003)
Top Ten Innovations in Science, Popular Science (2001)
The Tech Museum Award - Finalist, The Tech Museum of Innovation (2001)
College of Engineering Xerox Research Award (2001)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers CERL Research Product Development Team Award (1997)
Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Award (1993)
National Science Foundation, Research Initiation Award (1992)
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