Valery Levitas, a Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor of aerospace engineering was honored at a symposium at the 23rd International Conference on Plasticity, Damage & Fracture on January 3-9 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The symposium, “Structural Changes in Materials,” was organized by aerospace engineering faculty Dr. Liming Xiong and his colleagues.
The International Conference on Plasticity, Damage & Fracture is a prime forum for material plasticity research bringing 300-400 scientists from around the world. The symposium in honor of Dr. Levitas brought together world-wide distinguished researchers from multiple disciplines for a vibrant discussion of the research frontiers in the respective fields of phase transformations and plasticity in materials.
Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Levitas has been a much-admired teacher, a mentor, a colleague, and a friend to all who worked with him. The symposium was very successful, and turned out to be a great occasion for Valery’s world-wide collaborators and friends to get together to celebrate Dr. Levitas’ contributions and their association with him.