Enrique Lavernia Elected to Chinese Academy of Engineering

Dec. 18, 2019 - UC Irvine Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia has been elected as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Lavernia was recognized for his distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering, and for his promotion of Chinese-American exchanges and cooperation in the field. He will be inducted in June 2020, during the academy’s annual Assembly Meeting in Beijing.

In addition to leading the university’s teaching and research enterprise as UCI’s chief academic and operating officer, Lavernia is a Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering. His research includes the synthesis and behavior of nanostructured and multiscale materials with particular emphasis on processing fundamentals and physical behavior. He has published more than 600 journal and 200 conference publications and been awarded 11 patents on topics ranging from nanomaterials to aluminum alloys.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors, Lavernia is a recipient of the Acta Materialia Gold Medal, the National Engineers’ Council Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award, the TMS Society Leadership Award, the Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship and the ASM International Gold Medal Award, among others. 

He is a fellow of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, the Materials Research Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and ASM International.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Chinese Academy of Engineering for my contributions to the field of materials science and engineering, and I look forward to continued collaboration with researchers throughout the world,” Lavernia said.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences is a merit-based academic society and a system of higher education, comprising a comprehensive research and development network. It brings together scientists and engineers from China and around the world to address both theoretical and applied problems using world-class scientific and management approaches.

-Lori Brandt