报告人：Prof. Anil Misra
Anil Misra received his bachelor‘s degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is currently a Professor in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department of the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He also serves as Associate Director of the University of Kansas Bioengineering Research Center (KU-BERC). Dr. Misra has a broad research interest that spans topics covering both basic and applied aspects of mechanics of geomaterials, interfaces and biomaterials, including analytical, computational and experimental granular micromechanics, particle and atomistic methods, multi-scale modeling, constitutive behavior, micro-macro correlations, and multi-modal material characterization using high resolution techniques. He has co-edited three books; guest edited three journal special issues; and authored more than 200 papers in journals, edited books and conference proceedings. He has made more than 100 presentations of his research results at national and international fora. His research has been funded by a variety of sources, including the United States National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and private industry. He is active in various professional societies and serves as reviewer and editorial board member of a number of journals. (webpage: http://people.ku.edu/~amisra/)
Continuum mechanics and elasticity form the bedrock of engineering sciences. These disciplines affect all areas of engineering and science. They have a fascinating history, particularly with respect to the development of mathematical methods and generalizations to 3-dimensional analysis. Many unsolved and challenging problems remain in these disciplines, and the current textbooks are in many cases inadequate. I will briefly and informally trace the historical developments and introduce to you some issues that need solutions and that may lead to discovery of new phenomena.