Chasiotis named University of Illinois Faculty Scholar


Susan Mumm, Media Specialist

Ioannis Chasiotis
Ioannis Chasiotis
Ioannis Chasiotis
Prof. Ioannis Chasiotis of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois has been named a 2016 University of Illinois Faculty Scholar, an honor recognizing the University’s commitment to fostering excellence in teaching, scholarship and service by its faculty. The program provides funding for three years to enhance the awardees’ scholarly activities.

Since arriving on the Urbana campus almost 12 years ago, Prof. Chasiotis has won several honors, including a prestigious 2008 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Presented by President Barack Obama in a Washington, D.C., ceremony, the PECASE is the highest recognition the U.S. government bestows on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. Since January of 2016, Prof. Chasiotis is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Experimental Mechanics, which, in the last 56 years, has been leading the field of experimental mechanics of materials.

A Fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Chasiotis received the ASME J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award, and the Society of Engineering Science (SES) Young Investigator Medal, in 2011. He was recognized with the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) 2013 A.J. Durelli Award and the M. Hetényi Award for Best Research Paper in 2010. He received an NSF CAREER Award and a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research, both in 2007. In 2010, prof. Chasiotis was named a College of Engineering at Illinois Donald Biggar Willett Scholar.

Chasiotis has published chapters in five books, and over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals on his research in experimental mechanics at the micro and the nanoscale. He studies the mechanical reliability and fracture of microelectromechanical systems, thin film materials and high performance carbon and polymer nanofibers, and deformation and damage mechanics of heterogeneous materials at small scales.

Chasiotis earned a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology in 1998 and 2002, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1996.