ME Professor Jwo Pan and his former student Pai-Chen Lin have been selected by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to receive the 2008 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award. This award annually recognizes the authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit that were presented at a meeting of the Society or of any of its sections during the year.
Pan and Lin's paper is titled "Theoretical Framework for Modeling Spot Welds under Various Types of Loading Conditions." They will be presented with their award during the SAE 2011 World Congress, to be held next April in Detroit.
Pan's research interests include mechanics of materials including nonlinear fracture mechanics, multiaxial fatigue, material modeling, plasticity, constitutive law, metal forming, and porous solids; toughening mechanisms in ceramics and polymer composites; localization of plastic flow; mechanics of pressure-sensitive dilatant materials; sheet metal forming and constitutive law; cracks in welds and pipes; and spot weld failure.