Markus J. Buehler

Principal Investigator, McAfee Professor of Engineering, and Director of LAMM

Markus J. Buehler (download biosketch here...) is the McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT. In his research, Buehler pursues new modeling, design and manufacturing approaches for advanced biomaterials that offer greater resilience and a wide range of controllable properties from the nano- to the macroscale. His interests include a variety of functional material properties including mechanical, optical and biological, linking chemical features, hierarchical and multiscale structures, to functional performance in the context of physiological, pathological and other extreme conditions. His scholarly work focuses on materials modeling, design and experimental efforts, and authored several books. His most recent book "Biomateriomics" presents a new paradigm for the analysis of bio-inspired materials and structures to devise new biomaterial platforms, and using a mathematical categorization approach that connects insights from disparate fields such as materials, structures to music and language.

Prof. Buehler has authored more than 450 peer-reviewed publications (H-index=89), which have been cited around 30,000 times. He has given more than 400 invited/keynote/plenary talks across the world. Buehler received the NSF CAREER award, the United States Air Force Young Investigator Award, the Navy Young Investigator Award, and the DARPA Young Faculty Award, as well as the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). In 2010 he received the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award for exceptional distinction in teaching and in research or scholarship. Other awards include the TMS Hardy Award, the IEEE Holm Conference Mort Antler Lecture Award, the Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the SES Young Investigator Medal, the Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award, the Sia Nemat-Nasser Medal, the Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award, the Stephen Brunauer Award, the Alfred Noble Prize, and the Leonardo da Vinci Award. He was an invitee and plenary speaker at several National Academy of Engineering Frontiers in Engineering Symposia. He was recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analytics), recognizing exceptional research performance demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. In 2019 he received the Materials Horizons - Outstanding Paper Prize (Royal Society of Chemistry).

Professor Buehler is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, and serves on the editorial board of many other peer-reviewed journals. Buehler is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Engineering Science (SES), and currently serves as President of the Society of Engineering Science in 2019. He served as the chair of several conferences, societal committees, and is actively involved in public outreach (including an annual materials research camp at MIT with local middle and high schools), as well as translation of basic research through entrepreneurship. In addition to his teaching at MIT, he offers an annual Professional Education class “Predictive Multiscale Materials Design”. He was recently elected as MRS Fall 2021 Meeting Chair, one of the largest materials science conferences.

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