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Sinan Keten Selected for ASME Young Investigator Award

Award recognizes special achievements in applied mechanics for researchers under 40 years old

Northwestern Engineering’s Sinan Keten has been selected to receive the 2021 Thomas J. R. Hughes Young Investigator Award from the Applied Mechanics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The honor recognizes special achievements in applied mechanics for researchers 40 and under. 

Sinan Keten

Keten, June and Donald Brewer Professor and professor of mechanical engineering and of civil and environmental engineering, has teaching interests that include mechanics of materials, statics and dynamics classes at the undergraduate level, as well as atomistic modeling and simulation of materials. He also studies the development of online simulation tools that provide hands-on, practical learning environments for students. His research focuses on studying the mechanical behavior of polymeric and biomolecular materials, and using computer simulations to design new materials. 

A prolific author of academic papers, Keten serves as associate editor for Nature Partner Journals Computational Materials and the ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics. He’s also a member of the editorial board for Scientific Reports, and ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering.

The ASME award is the latest honor for Keten. In 2019, he earned the ASME Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award and the Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Keten has also won the Society of Engineering Science Young Investigator Award (2018), the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2017), and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award (2016). He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2016.

In 2017, Keten was one of 82 of the nation’s brightest young engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 23rd annual US Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

Founded in 1880, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society.