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Iwona M Jasiuk

Professor
(217) 333-9259
2101C Mechanical Engineering Lab

Education

  • Ph.D. TAM Northwestern University 1986
  • M. S. Structural Mechanics University of Illinois at Chicago 1982
  • B. S. Structural Engineering University of Illinois at Chicago 1980

Academic Positions

  • Health Innovation Professor, The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Jan 2021-present.
  • Professor, The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, March 2017-present.
  • Professor (Affiliate faculty), Department of Aerospace Engineering, UIUC, August 2018-present.
  • Associate in the Center for Advanced Study, UIUC, 2017-2018
  • Professor (Affiliate faculty), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, Sep 2014-present.
  • Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), UIUC, August 2014-present.
  • Site Director, NSF I/UCRC on Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures, March 2014-present.
  • MTS Visiting Professor of Geomechanics, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, October 2012.
  • Research Professor, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, UIUC, January 2008-present.
  • Part-time faculty, 3D Micro- and Nanosystems, Beckman Institute, UIUC, Nov 2006-present.
  • Affiliate faculty, Institute for Genomic Biology, Regenerative Biology Theme, UIUC, October 2006-present.
  • Professor, Department of Bioengineering, UIUC, June 2006-present.
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, January 1, 2006-present.
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, July 1, 2004 – December 31, 2005
  • Professor, The Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, June 1, 2002 – June 30, 2004
  • Associate Professor, The Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, September 1, 1996 – May 31, 2002
  • Invited Faculty Visitor, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, September 1995
  • Visiting Research Associate, AFOSR Summer Faculty Research Program, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, June – August 1994
  • Visiting Research Scientist, The Institute for Mechanics and Materials, AMES Department, University of California, San Diego, California, February – May 1994
  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Mechanics Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, June 1, 1992 – August 31, 1996
  • Visiting Research Scientist, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, July 1990
  • Visiting Research Scientist, Science Center at Rockwell International Corporation, Thousand Oaks, CA, July 1987
  • Assistant Professor, Metallurgy, Mechanics and Materials Science Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, September 1, 1986 – May 31, 1992

Professional Registrations

  • Professional Engineers of Ontario License, June 2006
  • Engineer-in-training, Illinois, 1979

Other Professional Activities

  • ASTM International (2019-present)
  • Society of Women Engineers (2003 - 2008, 2013 - present)
  • TMS - The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (1987-1990, 1994-2000, 2010, 2014-present)
  • Orthopedic Research Society (2009-present)
  • Society of Engineering Science (1989 - present) Vice-President (2005), President (2006)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1985 - present)

Research Statement

Professor Jasiuk develops research-based models to explain the structure and behavior of human-made and biological materials. Her work with human-made materials aims at understanding why the properties of composites made with nano-sized particles differ from those made with micro-sized particles. She is particularly interested in the interface that surrounds such particles and comes into contact with the surrounding material, and how this interface contributes to the shape, size, and boundary conditions of composites as a whole.

Professor Jasiuk is also studying novel high voltage and high-temperature materials for energy transfer, aerospace, and other industrial applications. More specifically, she is conducting a multiscale characterization of the structure, composition, and material properties (mechanical, electrical, thermal) of metal and polymer matrix composite materials, and she is modeling these materials analytically and computationally.

Her work with biological materials focuses on bone. One ongoing project aims to explain the underlying mechanisms that cause an osteoporotic bone to break. Using electron microscopy, Professor Jasiuk has successfully characterized the physical structure of healthy bone and osteoporotic bone at different structural scales. After finding no significant structural differences between normal and diseased bone at either scale, she has redirected her efforts to identify chemical and mechanical differences in these two bone types that might lead to the development of non-invasive techniques that can be used within a clinical setting to characterize and compare the chemical structure of normal and osteoporotic bone. Also, she conducts the multiscale characterization and modeling of the structure, composition, and mechanical bone as a function of age.

Two recent projects with other researchers also involved bone. Professor Jasiuk and Jo Ann Cameron, associate professor of cell and developmental biology at the Institute for Genomic Biology, used frogs as a model to study limb regeneration. Frogs make a good model because tadpoles regenerate lost limbs on their own while mature frogs do not. Yet, if an adult frog is missing a large piece of bone, implanting a synthetic scaffold would encourage the natural bone to grow back. Professors Jasiuk and Cameron studied the chemical and mechanical stimuli that are involved in both types of regeneration and to determine what, if any, differences there are between such stimuli in young frogs versus older frogs.

Professor Jasiuk has also teamed up with John Dantzig, now an emeritus professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, to study the effects of solid and fluid phases of bone on bone remodeling. Together, the two professors were investigating the influence of mechanical and biological stimuli on bone remodeling and how these stimuli influence the properties of the resulting bone.

Her current research projects include the design, manufacture, characterization, and modeling of novel architectured cellular bioinspired multifunctional materials, the characterization of novel high-temperature polymers and nanocomposites, and metal-carbon materials, and the mechanics of additive manufacturing.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Several projects are available in the area of characterization and modeling of materials.

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Elasticity
  • Biomaterials
  • Bone mechanics
  • Biological materials
  • Composite materials
  • Micromechanics
  • Mechanics of materials

Research Areas

  • Applied Physics
  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Energy
  • Health and Bio
  • Manufacturing
  • Security and Defense
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials
  • Transportation

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

  • Soboyejo, W., A. Evans, I. Jasiuk, and Y.-C. Chen, eds., Mechanics of Cellular and Porous Materials – Special Issue of Mechanics of Materials, 36, 2004.
  • Goncalves, I. Jasiuk, and L. Bevilacqua, eds., Mechanics Pan American - Special Issue of the International Journal of Solids and Structures, 38:10-13, 2001.
  • Weber, H. I., P. B. Goncalves, I. Jasiuk, D. Pamploma, C. Steele, and L. Bevilacqua, eds., "Applied Mechanics in the Americas Volume 8, Proceedings of Sixth Pan-American Congress of Applied Mechanics and Eight International Conference on Dynamic Problems in Mechanics," AAM and ABCM, Rio di Janeiro, Brazil, 1999.
  • Goncalves, P. B., I. Jasiuk, D. Pamploma, C. Steele, H. I. Weber, and L. Bevilacqua, eds., "Applied Mechanics in the Americas Volumes 6 & 7, Proceedings of Sixth Pan-American Congress of Applied Mechanics and Eight International Conference on Dynamic Problems in Mechanics," AAM and ABCM, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1999.
  • Jasiuk, I. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Guest Editors, Micromechanics of Random Media II - Special Issue of International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 35:19, 1998.
  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M. and I. Jasiuk, Eds., Micromechanics of Random Media - Special Issue of Applied Mechanics Reviews, Vol. 47(1, Part 2), 1994.

Chapters in Books

  • Jasiuk, I., "Micromechanics of Bone modeled as a Composite Material," in Micromechanics and Nanomechanics of Composite Solids, S. Meguid and G. Weng, ed., pages 281-306, Springer, 2018.
  • Jasiuk, I. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, “Two-versus Three-Dimensional Classical Elasticity,” Chapter 5 in Microstructural Randomness and Scaling in Mechanics of Materials, M. Ostoja-Starzewski, ed., The Chapman & Hall/CRC Modern Mechanics and Mathematics Series, 2007.
  • Jasiuk, I. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, “From Lattices and Composites to Micropolar Continua,” Chapter 7 in Micromechanics and Nanoscale Effects: MEMS, Multi-Scale Materials and Micro-Flows, V. M. Harik and L.-S. Luo, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, 175-212, 2004.

Selected Articles in Journals

Journal Editorships

  • Editorial Board - Scientific Reports, 2018-present
  • Editorial Board - Acta Mechanica, 2018-present
  • Advisory Board, International Journal of Damage Mechanics, 2006–date.
  • Board of Editors: Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, 2005-date.

Professional Societies

  • Member, Orthopedic Research Society, 2010-present
  • Technical Chair of the 2008 Society of Engineering Science Conference
  • President, SES, 2006
  • Elected Board of Directors, SES, 2001-2006
  • Member, Society of Engineering Science (SES), 1989-date
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 1985-present
  • Fellow, Society of Engineering Science, 2012
  • Fellow, ASME, 2003

Teaching Honors

  • UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students - Spring 2018
  • UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students - Spring 2013
  • UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students – Spring 2008
  • “Most Helpful Professor,” Teaching Award, Georgia Tech, 2002

Research Honors

  • American Advanced Materials Award (AAM Award) 2016, International Association of Advanced Materials
  • Associate in the Center for Advanced Studies, 2017-2018
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Collegium of Eminent Scientists of Polish Origin and Ancestry - The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2015
  • Fellow, Society of Engineering Science, 2012
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2003

Public Service Honors

  • Women's Leadership Council - Orthopedic Research Society (2017-2020)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, College level, 2019-2021
  • Seminar Committee, Department level, 2018-2019
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department level, 2016-2018
  • Institute for Genomic Biology Advisory Committee 2016-2017
  • Faculty liaison for the BiRmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, EnGagement and Education (BRIDGE) initiative
  • Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) Executive Committee
  • Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) affiliate
  • Chair of Bylaws Committee, Society of Engineering Science, 2012
  • Member of Nominating Committee, Society of Engineering Science, 2011-2012
  • Chair of By-Laws Committee, Society of Engineering Science, 2007
  • Chair of Awards Committee, Society of Engineering Science, 2004
  • Chair of Nominating Committee, Society of Engineering Science, 2002-2003
  • Member of Board of Directors, Society of Engineering Science, 2000-2006
  • Chair, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division Composites Committee, 2004
  • Vice-Chair, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division Composites Committee, 2003
  • Awards committee, American Academy of Mechanics (2007-2008)
  • SES representative to the US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2007-2010
  • President, Society of Engineering Science, 2006
  • Vice-President, Society of Engineering Science (SES), 2005

Courses Taught

  • BIOE 497 - Individual Study
  • ME 330 - Engineering Materials
  • ME 598 - Special Topics
  • TAM 251 - Introductory Solid Mechanics
  • TAM 445 - Continuum Mechanics
  • TAM 552 - Solid Mechanics II
  • TAM 555 - Fracture Mechanics