JAAFAR EL-AWADY, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (JHU), received his BS and MS degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt and his doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. El-Awady was a visiting scientist at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, before joining the Mechanical Engineering Department at JHU, in 2010. At JHU, he established the Computational and Experimental Materials Engineering Laboratory (CEMEL) and is the current Director. The main focus of his group is to develop a fundamental understanding of the underlying deformation mechanism in materials.
Dr. El-Awady has received several awards and among them, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2012, the ASME Materials Division Orr Early Career award in 2014, and recently the competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Award, which recognized the highest level of excellence in early stage researchers. In addition to supporting Dr. El-Awady’s scientific research, this award also contributes to his involvement to improve STEM achievement in Baltimore elementary public schools. He also provides research experience for undergraduate students from Morgan State University. He is affiliated with HEMI and JHU IDIES Homewood High-Performance Cluster (HHPC) Management Committee.