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Dennis M. Kochmann
Professor of Mechanics and Materials

Dipl.-Ing. Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), 2006
M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
Dr.-Ing. Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), 2009


ETH Zürich
Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering
Mechanics and Materials
Leonhardstr. 21, LEE N201
8092 Zürich
Switzerland

phone: +41 44 632 32 76

email:
web: www.mm.ethz.ch

office: building LEE, room N201



SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Dennis Kochmann is Professor of Mechanics and Materials in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zürich. He is also Professor of Aerospace (on leave) at the California Institute of Technology. He graduated from Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) with a degree of Dipl.-Ing. (Diploma in Engineering) in Mechanical Engineering / Applied Mechanics with distinction in September 2006. He spent one year as a Fulbright fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked with Professors Walter J. Drugan and Roderic S. Lakes and was awarded a Master's degree in Engineering Mechanics in June 2006. Under the advisement of Professors Klaus Hackl and Chau Le, he received the degree of Dr.-Ing. (Doctor of Engineering) from Ruhr-University Bochum's Department of Mechanical Engineering in June 2009. After the completion of his doctoral degree, he first moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Engineering Physics, before he came to Caltech in September 2010 as a postdoctoral scholar in Aerospace and as a Feodor Lynen fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He joined the faculty of GALCIT as Assistant Professor in September 2011, became Professor of Aerospace in November 2016. In April 2017 he joined ETH Zürich.

His research comprises theoretical, computational and experimental solid mechanics and aims to understand the scale-bridging relations between microstructure and macroscopic properties in a wide range of materials (including metals, ceramics, and composites) with a focus on understanding and utilizing instabilities across scales.




PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Professor of Mechanics and Materials
Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zürich
April 2017 - present
Professor of Aerospace (on leave)
Division of Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology
April 2017 - present
Professor of Aerospace
Division of Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology
Nov 2016 - Mar 2017
Assistant Professor of Aerospace
Division of Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology
Sep 2011 - Oct 2016
Postdoctoral Scholar
Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology
Computational Solid Mechanics Group (Prof. Michael Ortiz)
Sep 2010 - Aug 2011
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Advanced Materials Stability Group (Prof. W. J. Drugan, Prof. R. S. Lakes)
Jan 2010 - Aug 2010
Research Associate / Doctoral Candidate
Institute of Mechanics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Research in the DFG-funded national research collaborative
Analysis and Computation of Microstructures in Finite Plasticity (FOR 797)
(Prof. Klaus Hackl, Prof. Khanh Chau Le)
Oct 2006 - Dec 2009
Research Assistant
Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Micromechanics Laboratory (Prof. W. J. Drugan, Prof. R. S. Lakes)
Aug 2005 - May 2006
Research Assistant
Institute of Mechanics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
(Prof. Khanh Chau Le)
2003 - 2005



  PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME),
    Recording Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Applied Mechanics Division (2012-2015)
    Newsletter Editor of the Applied Mechanics Division (since 2015)
  • International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM)
  • United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM),
    Vice-Chair of the Technical Thrust Area on Nanotechnology and Lower-Scale Phenomena (since 2015)
  • Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • Association of German Engineers (VDI)
  • Society of Engineering Science (SES)
  • Editorial Board Member of Computational Methods in Science and Technology


  SCIENTIFIC REVIEW ACTIVITIES
  • International Journal of Solids and Structures
  • International Journal of Plasticity
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society A
  • Nature Communications
  • Science
  • Nano Letters
  • Extreme Mechanics Letters
  • Physica Status Solidi B
  • Journal of Composites A
  • Acta Materialia
  • Advanced Materials
  • Philosophical Magazine
  • Advanced Engineering Materials
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Applied Mechanics Reviews
  • Journal of Applied Mechanics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computater Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanics Research Communications
  • Journal of Engineering Mechanics
  • Smart Materials and Structures
  • Finite Elements in Analysis and Design
  • ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • Applied Physics Letters
  • Journal of Applied Physics
  • Journal of Applied Physics D
  • Journal of Vibration and Acoustics


  HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Caltech Graduate Student Council's Teaching Award 2013-2014
  • Richard von Mises Prize 2013
  • NSF CAREER Award (2013)
  • IUTAM Bureau Prize in Solid Mechanics 2012
  • Caltech Graduate Student Council's Teaching Award 2011-2012
  • Feodor Lynen Fellowship (Alexander v. Humboldt Foundation), 2010 - 2011
  • Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellowship, March 2010
  • Fellow, Ruhr-University Research School, 2007 - 2009
  • Adam Opel Price 2007 (for the best graduate degree in ME)
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2005 - 2006
  • Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Office (declined), 2005 - 2006
  • ThyssenKrupp Student Award 2005 (for the best undergraduate degree in ME)
  • Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation, 2002 - 2006
  • Award for the Best High School Graduate 2001, Heinrich-Heine High School


  PERSONAL INFORMATION
born February 19, 1982 in Bottrop, Germany