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Assad Oberai Named 2022 AAM Fellow

Assad OberaiWe’d like to announce that Assad Oberai has been elected 2022 Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics!

Assad Oberai is the Hughes Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Osmania University (India) in 1992, an MS from the University of Colorado in 1994, and a PhD from Stanford University in 1998, all in Mechanical Engineering. He was an Assistant Professor at Boston University (2001-2005), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2006. At RPI, he was the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the School of Engineering, and the Associate Director of the Scientific Computation Research Center. He joined USC in January 2018, where he was the interim Vice Dean for Research in the Viterbi School of Engineering from 2019 to 2021.

Assad leads the Computation and Data Driven Discovery (CD3) group which designs, implements and applies data- and physics-based models and algorithms to solve problems in engineering and science. Problems such as better detection, diagnosis and care of diseases like cancer, understanding the role of mechanics and physics in medicine and biology, modeling the evolution of multi-physics and multiscale systems, and reduced-order models for aerospace and mechanical systems. He has authored more than 120 articles in archival journals on these topics. He is on the board of academic editors for three journals.

Assad is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME, 2020), the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE, 2016), and the United States Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM, 2015). In 2015, he was awarded the Research Excellence Award by the School of Engineering at Rensselaer. He received the Humboldt Foundation Award for experienced researchers in 2009, and the Erasmus Mundus Master Course Lectureship at Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Barcelona in 2010. He was awarded the Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award for his contributions to Applied Mechanics by the ASME in 2007. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Career award in 2005 and the Department of Energy Early Career award in 2004.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Oberai!

Updated: March 20, 2023