Thao (Vicky) Nguyen, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and faculty member of CISMMS, has been appointed the Marlin U. Zimmerman, Jr. Faculty Scholar.
A five-year appointment, the Marlin U. Zimmerman, Jr. Faculty Scholarship was endowed by the generosity of Marlin U. Zimmerman, Jr. ’44, to support outstanding Whiting School faculty members.
Nguyen’s research encompasses the biomechanics of soft tissues and the mechanics of active polymers and biomaterials. Her group seeks to develop innovative experimental tools and both theoretical and computational models to investigate the fundamental microscale mechanisms of microstructural origins of the behavior of soft adaptive materials.