David McDowell

David McDowell
Carter N. Paden Jr. Distinguished Chair in Metals Processing and Regents' Professor Mechanics of Materials Executive Director, Institute for Materials
Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Expertise: 
mechanics of materials, computer-aided engineering and design
“Since “Things” are made from materials, it is impossible to conceive of the Internet of Things without the foundational role of materials, whatever their form and nature. As material systems become increasingly involved in harvesting energy from the environment, enabling distributed self-powered sensors, communications devices, and actuators, we will begin to glimpse the real potential of a ubiquitous Internet of Things. Systematic approaches to design of materials and integration with product manufacture will be essential in this regard, requiring exploitation of computational and experimental aspects of materials science, physics, and chemistry, as well as collaborations with the engineering and design sciences.”

Regents’ Professor and Carter N. Paden, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Metals Processing, Dave McDowell joined Georgia Tech in 1983 and holds a dual appointment in the GWW School of Mechanical Engineering and in the School of Materials Science and Engineering.  He served as Director of the Mechanical Properties Research Laboratory from 1992-2012.  In 2012 he was named Founding Director of the Institute for Materials (IMat), one of Georgia Tech’s Interdisciplinary Research Institutes charged with fostering an innovation ecosystem for research and education.

A Fellow of SES, ASM International, ASME and AAM, David is the recipient of the 1997 ASME Materials Division Nadai Award for career achievement and the 2008 Khan International Medal for lifelong contributions to the field of metal plasticity.  McDowell currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals, and is co-Editor of the International Journal of Fatigue.