• Professor, Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Royce E. Wisenbaker '39 Chair II
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
Alan Needleman

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1971
  • M.S. Harvard University, 1967
  • B.S. University of Pennsylvania, 1966

Awards & Honors

  • James K. Knowles Lecture, Caltech, 2020.
  • Permanent Member, Hagler Institute of Advanced Study at Texas A&M University, 2019.
  • Honorary Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2018.
  • Belytschko Lecture, Northwestern University, 2017.
  • Mindlin Lecture, Columbia University, 2015.
  • Talbot Lecture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, 2014.
  • Honorary Professor, Dalian University of Technology (China), 2014.
  • Frank Otto Distinguished Lecture, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2013.
  • Texas A&M Institute of Advanced Study Faculty Fellow, Eminent Scholar in Residence, 2013.
  • Timoshenko Lecture, Stanford University, 2012.
  • Timoshenko Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2011.
  • Distinguished Israel Pollack Lecturer, The Technion, Haifa, Israel, 2011.
  • Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2007.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Ecole Normale Superior de Cachan, France 2006.
  • Drucker Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2006.
  • Doctor Technices Honoris Causa, The Technical University of Denmark, 2006.
  • Prager Medal, Society of Engineering Science, 2006.
  • Recognized by ISI (Science Citation Index) as a Highly Cited Author in both the fields of Engineering and Materials Science.
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2000.
  • Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics, 1995.
  • Honorary Member, MECAMAT (Groupe Français de Mecanique des Matériaux), 1991.
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1989.
  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship 1977

Selected Publications

  • M. Vasoya, B. Kondori, A.A. Benzerga, A. Needleman, “Energy dissipation rate and kinetic relations for Eshelby transformations,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 136, 103699 (2020).
  • M. Kuroda, A. Needleman, “A Simple Model for Size Effects in Constrained Shear,” Extreme Mechanics Letters, 33, 100581 (2019).
  • S. Osovski, A. Srivastava, A. Needleman, “Intergranular Fracture Prediction and Microstructure Design,” International Journal of Fracture, 216, 135-148 (2019).
  • Y. Zhang, J.D. Hart, A. Needleman, “Identification of Plastic Properties from Conical Indentation using a Bayesian-Type Statistical Approach,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 86, 011002 (2019).
  • V. Tvergaard, A. Needleman, “Effect of Properties and Turgor Pressure on the Indentation Response of Plant Cells,” Journal of Applied Mechanics, 85, 061007 (2018).
  • A. Needleman, “Effect of size on necking of dynamically loaded notched bars,” Mechanics of Materials, 116, 180-188 (2018).
  • A. Srivastava, S. Osovski, A. Needleman, “Engineering the crack path by controlling the microstructure,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 100, 1-20 (2017).
  • J.-F. Wen, A. Srivastava, A.A. Benzerga, S.-T. Tu, A. Needleman, “Creep crack growth by grain boundary cavitation under monotonic and cyclic loading.” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 108, 68-84 (2017).
  • A.A. Benzerga, J.-B. Leblond A. Needleman, V. Tvergaard, “Ductile Failure Modeling,” International Journal of Fracture, (invited article celebrating IJF at 50) 201, 29-80 (2016); Errata: 204, 113 (2017).
  • R.A. Lebensohn, A Needleman, “Numerical implementation of non-local polycrystal plasticity using Fast Fourier Transforms,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 97, 333-351 (2016).
  • V. Tvergaard, A Needleman, “Indentation of pressurized viscoplastic polymer spherical shells,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 93, 16-22 (2016).
  • A Needleman, V. Tvergaard, E. van der Giessen, “Indentation of Elastically Soft and Plastically Compressible Solids,” Acta Mechanica Sinica, 31, 473-480 (2015).
  • S. Osovski, A. Srivastava, J.C. Williams, A. Needleman, “Grain boundary crack growth in meta-stable titanium b alloys,” Acta Materialia, 82, 167-178 (2014).