Anthony Waas Wins 2016 AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Award Written 24 November 2015

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Anthony Waas Wins 2016 AIAA Structures,Structural Dynamics, and Materials Award
Honored for Pioneering Contributions in the Development of Methods for Progressive Damage Analysis of Materials and Structures

November 24, 2015 – Reston, Va. – Anthony Waas, an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow, Boeing-Egtvedt Chair, professor of aerostructures, and department chair of the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, has won the AIAA 2016 Structures, Structural Dynamics, & Materials Award.

Waas will receive the award at a noon recognition luncheon on Thursday, January 7, held in conjunction with the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2016 (AIAA SciTech 2016), January 4–8, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California.

The award honors Waas’ “pioneering contributions to the development of the innovative, experimentally validated, computational methods for progressive damage analysis (PDA) of polymer and hot ceramic composite materials and structures.”

“This is a great honor. I am humbled by this award and it represents the hard work and innovative contributions of all my students, postdoctoral associates and colleagues with whom I have had the pleasure of discussing aerostructures and materials problems. This award, therefore, is also an award for all of them. I want to thank the AIAA Honors and Awards selection committee for choosing me to receive this honor and Dr. Brett Bednarcyk of NASA Glenn and my referees for nominating me.”

Waas’ contributions to the field of composite materials and structures have led to the development of state-of-the-art computational methods and software tools for PDA of aerospace structures. Waas has developed tools for assessing the effects of modifications on compressive strength of fiber-reinforced composites. His work has also demonstrated the importance of micromechanics as a basis for developing robust computational methods, which has led to the development of new Schapery theory. Waas’ development of his discrete cohesive zone model has been instrumental in commercial finite element and failure analysis. He has also applied his expertise in composites to produce exceptionally strong nanocomposite materials. Waas is now working on developing new PDA tools for certifying ceramic matrix composites that will be used on a new generation of aircraft turbine engines, including the GE leap engine due in 2016.

Waas’ other honors include a 2013 Outstanding Research Award from the American Society for Composites; a 2012 Royal Aeronautics Society Literature Award – Silver Award; a 2006 AIAA Sustained Service Award; the 2006 David Liddle Research Award from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan; and the 1995 Ralph Teetor Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, in addition to several others. Waas is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Established in 1967, the Structures, Structural Dynamics, & Materials Award is presented biennially to an individual who has been responsible for an outstanding sustained technical or scientific contribution in aerospace structures, structural dynamics, or materials.

For more information about the AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7538.


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