Markus J. Buehler, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at MIT, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society (MRS).
The annual award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. Buehler was honored "for highly innovative and creative work in computational modeling of biological, bio-inspired and synthetic materials, revealing how weakness is turned into strength through hierarchical material design."
As part of the award, Buehler will deliver a talk, “From Atoms to Structures — Turning Weakness into Strength,” at the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting on Tuesday, April 10, in San Francisco. He will be presented with the 2012 Outstanding Young Investigator Award at the MRS Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 11.
Buehler’s contributions bridge disciplines to explain the mechanical properties of structural biological materials in both normal physiological and disease states using an innovative bottom-up approach that combines simulation with experiment.