Associate Professor Gbadebo Moses Owolabi Named ASME Fellow

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director Gbadebo Moses Owolabi has been elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at a remarkably early stage in his career, after nomination by Mechanical Engineering Department Chair Nadir Yilmaz. "The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements. Nominated by ASME Members and Fellows, an ASME Member has to have 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME" (ASME).

Dr. Owolabi has shown excellence in engineering education, research and professional services in his academic career. He is a seasoned educator and a leading researcher who has made significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the areas of fatigue and fracture mechanics, dynamic failure at high strain rates, and structural integrity and health monitoring. Perhaps no other area of engineering has been more driven by response to structural failures than the area of fatigue and fracture mechanics. One of Dr. Owolabi’s major contributions to this field is the development of a novel probabilistic framework for microstructure-sensitive fatigue design that accounts for complex interactions between material microstructure and notch-root stress field gradients. This is a significant contribution to the field since the traditional approach for life prediction is deterministic and cannot be used to account for variability inherent in fatigue lives of advanced materials, requiring the designer to apply a safety factor to account for uncertainty associated with material condition or microstructure variability.

Dr. Owolabi has significantly developed and improved the Department of Mechanical Engineering's research capabilities in many areas. Dr. Owolabi is the founder and director of the Applied Mechanics and Materials Research Laboratory (AMMRL). The primary goal of AMMRL is support research and educational programs in the area of deformation and failure of advanced materials over a wide range of strain rates and temperatures. AMMRL is one of the largest and most active research labs in the College of Engineering and Architecture, funded via highly competitive instrumentation grant programs including the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program and the NSF-Major Research Instrumentation. Dr. Owolabi provides extensive support for minority students’ participation in funded research projects and Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship programs that expose students to research opportunities in AMMRL.


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