David McDowell

Carter N. Paden Jr. Distinguished Chair in Metals Processing and Regents' Professor Mechanics of Materials Executive Director, Institute for Materials

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.