Alumnus Brown honored for contributions to materials science
MechSE alumnus Eric Brown (BSME ’98, MS TAM ’01, PhD TAM ’03) recently won the Brimacombe Medal from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).
Brown, a leader in the area of dynamic behavior of materials, was honored for “distinguished contributions to advancing the field of material dynamic mechanical properties and damage processes, while providing long-standing service to TMS and the materials community.”
The Brimacombe Medal is a mid-career award that recognizes individuals who have sustained excellence and achievement in business, technology, education, public policy, or science related to materials science and engineering and have a record of continuing service to the profession.
“It is truly humbling to receive an award named after J. Keith Brimacombe, who was a giant in our community, making both seminal technical and innumerable service contributions to our field. Moreover, it is a great pleasure to join several colleagues, collaborators, mentors and friends within TMS who have previously received this award and whom I hold in the highest esteem. TMS has given me many opportunities to learn and grow in my career. This recognition is a reflection of the opportunities TMS provides all of us. Thank you to TMS and all of my colleagues who have contributed to my career,” said Brown.
Brown, who also served on the MechSE Alumni Board from 2013 to 2017, has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 2003, and is currently in its Explosive Science and Shock Physics Division. His research has spanned fracture and damage of complex heterogeneous polymers and polymer composites for energetic, reactive, and structural applications including crystalline phase transitions, plasticity, dynamic loading conditions, and self-healing materials.
Also this year, Brown was named a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM), and recieved SEM's Durelli Award for the application of experimental mechanics to investigate polymer crystalline lattice deformation, non-linear fracture, high strain-rate behavior and self-healing phenomenon.