Established in 1996, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Warner T. Koiter Medal recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of solid mechanics with emphasis on the effective blending of theoretical and applied elements, and on a high degree of leadership in the international solid mechanics community. Warner T. Koiter had a distinguished career as an Applied Mechanician and Aerospace Engineer at Delft University, Holland and made pioneering contributions to the elastic stability of thin walled structures.
Aerospace Engineering Department Chair Anthony Waas was awarded this honor “for outstanding contributions to the mechanics of composite materials, particularly analytical work, experiments and predictive modeling of compressive response and failure of composite structures; and for the development of computational tools for progressive damage and failure analysis of composite structures.”
Anthony M. Waas is the Richard A. Auhll Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he has held the Felix Pawlowski Collegiate Chair since September 1, 2018. Prior to that he was the Boeing Egtvedt Endowed Chair Professor and Department Chair in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington, Seattle (2014-18) and Felix Pawlowski Collegiate Chair at the University of Michigan, (2009-2014). His research interests include computational modeling of lightweight composite structures, robotically manufactured aerospace structures, 3D printing in aerospace, damage tolerance of composites, mechanics of textile composites and data science applications in aerospace engineering.