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ME SEMINAR:Materials Informatics for Computational and Data-Driven...

Speaker: Dr.Pınar Acar

Title: Materials Informatics for Computational and Data-Driven Design: An Overview for Metals and Metamaterials

Date/Time: August 9,2023 1:40PM

Place: FENS L029

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Abstract: The area of materials informatics has been garnering considerable interest due to the increasing need for high-performance materials in electronics, energy and structural applications, and extreme environments. The research on these materials and their manufacturing will potentially extend in the future to the development of new-generation composites, alloys, ceramics, and other materials for extreme environments such as hypersonics applications, fabrication of adaptive thermal response materials, energetic composites in fuel cells, thermal energy harvesting in satellites, and materials for green energy applications with the use of computational and data-driven design methods. In this talk, Dr. Acar will present an overview of the computational methods developed by her research group to design metals and metamaterials for enhanced mechanical performance by modeling them in terms of micro-scale (~10-6 m) features. The talk will also discuss the impact of manufacturing-related uncertainty arising from the imperfections and defects during processing on the reliability and performance of these materials. Additional topics will cover the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) techniques into physics-informed material models to accelerate the design of material systems processed with conventional and additive manufacturing techniques. 

Bio:Pinar Acar is an Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Virginia Tech. Her research interests focus on multi-scale materials design, materials informatics, design optimization, uncertainty quantification, and machine learning. She received her Ph.D. degree in 2017 from the Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Michigan. During her Ph.D., she developed various computational methods for studying the multi-scale modeling and design of metals under uncertainty. 

Dr. Acar is the winner of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, the Dean’s Awards of Excellence: Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award at Virginia Tech, and the International Amelia Earhart Fellowship, as well as the recipient of the best paper award in Non-Deterministic Approaches field in AIAA SciTech Forum 2022.  She is an elected member of technical committees in various professional societies, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), The U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM), and The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). 


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