Chiara Daraio Chair of Mechanics and Materials Materials
Chair of Mechanics and Materials Materials by Design and Nonlinear Dynamics
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering. University of California, San Diego. June 2006.
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego. January 2003.
M.S./B.S. (Diploma di Laurea, 5 yrs), magna cum laude, Mechanical Engineering. University
of Ancona, Politecnico delle Marche, Ancona, Italy. December 2001.
ETH Zürich, CH (January 2013 to present)
Professor, Chair in Mechanics and Materials
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (December 2010 to present)
Professor, Aeronautics and Applied Physics
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (September 2006 to 2010)
Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Applied Physics
Honors and Awards
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), White House,
Washington D.C., July 2012.
JSA Young Investigator Lectureship, Society for Experimental Mechanics, June 2012.
Sloan Research Fellowship, February 2011.
JFK 50 Years, Legacy Gallery, January 2011.
Brilliant 10, Popular Science Magazine, October 2010.
Richard C. Biedebach Memorial Watson Lecture, May 2010.
ONR Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research, April 2010.
Future World Leader, Science and Technology in Society forum (selected as one of 10
scientists under 40 worldwide, one of two representing the USA), Oct. 2009.
NSF CAREER Award, CMMI, January 2009.
Lister Vickery Trophy, 1st prize winner of the "INSEAD Comitel 16th Business Venture
Competition" (Solitonik), June 2008.
Richard-von-Mises-Prize, awarded by GAMM (Association of Applied Mathematics and
Mechanics), April 2008.
Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society, elected Full Member, 2007.
Felice De Carli Medal (Young Investigator Award), Italian Metallurgical Society, Nov. 2006.
Selected scientific News Coverage: CNN, Scientific American, National Geographic,
Discover, Discovery Channel, CBSNews, MSNBC, NPR, NPR Canada, London's Telegraph,
Popular Science, Science Daily, EurekAlert, Daily Caller, Yahoo News, R&D Magazine,
Thaindian News, ANSA, La Repubblica, La Stampa.
University of California, San Diego
Gold Award Winner, MRS Graduate Student Contest, MRS 2005 Fall Meeting, Nov. 2005.
APS/SCCM travel award recipient, August 2005.
Materials Science Fellowship (UC San Diego) for the year 2004-2005.
Jacobs Fellowship (UC San Diego), September 2001-2002.
Selected as one of the ~40 nation best engineering graduate students by Animal
Planet/Discovery Channel TV to participate in the filming of "Chasing Nature" episodes in
Australia, October 2005.
Selected scientific news coverage: Nature News, National Geographic, Scientific American,
Science Daily, EurekAlert, PhysOrg, New Scientist, Nanowerk, La Repubblica.
University of Ancona, Politecnico delle Marche, Italy
First Prize Winner for the Rotary Club International Thesis Award, Ancona, May 2002.
Honors, Thesis Publication Reccommended (Dignita’ di Stampa) December 2001.
Selected by ESA (European Space Agency) in the Italian students representative for the
International Aerospace Conference in Toulouse (FR) in September 2001.
SEM - Society for Experimental Mechanics
MRS - Materials Research Society
APS - American Physical Society, Topical Group of SCCM, SNP
TMS - The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
WISE - Women In Science and Engineering Society
SigmaXi - The Scientific Research Society
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