David L. McDowell

Title: Carter N. Paden Junior Distinguished Chair in Metals Processing
Company: Georgia Institute Technology
Location:  Lilburn, Georgia, United States

David L. McDowell, Carter N. Paden Junior Distinguished Chair in Metals Processing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in materials research, computational mechanics materials and materials design.

Dr. McDowell is highly regarded for inspiring his students toward research excellence. He has been teaching at the Georgia Institute of Technology since 1983, where he began as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and progressed to higher roles within the university. Driven by a love of research that has allowed him to do expansive work in computational mechanics and materials, he is distinguished as a fellow for the two most prominent organizations in his industry: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and ASM International. For his professional excellence in his career, Dr. McDowell was the recipient of the Khan International Medal of Plasticity, the ASME Nadai Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fatigue, an Alfred Noble prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. McDowell is most proud of his work playing a foundational role in establishing computational microstructure-sensitive fatigue analyses.  Another accomplishment was helping to develop the foundations of computational materials design, for which he is a co-author of one of the first texts books on the subject.  Lastly, he is proud of his work over the past decade as director of the Institute for Materials, helping to define and accelerate the discovery and development of materials using data science techniques, both nationally and internationally. His expertise in these areas is supported by his own education, which includes a PhD from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska. As he looks to the future, Dr. McDowell intends to continue in his teaching and research while also publishing articles on his findings for his professional community.

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