IGM Colloquium: Mechanics of Bone and Bone-Inspired Materials


Event details

Date and time 24.09.2019 12:1513:15  
Place and room
Speaker Prof. Iwona Jasiuk, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Category Conferences - Seminars
Bone is a multi-functional biological material, optimized by nature, to perform its multiple functions. This seminar addresses several inter-related topics on bone. First, bone is studied as a structural material. Bone has a complex hierarchical structure which contributes to its excellent mechanical properties when healthy. Computational models can provide insights on the structure-property relations in bone and serve as predictive tools to assess bone health. Secondly, bone is studied as a biological material which adapts to loads. Finally, bone can serve as an inspiration from nature for designs of new materials for medical and engineering applications.  Mechanics of such bioinspired materials is discussed.
Iwona Jasiuk received her Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics at Northwestern University. Prior to joining the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she held faculty positions at Michigan State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Concordia University in Montreal.  At Illinois, she also holds affiliate faculty positions in Bioengineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments and part-time faculty of Institute for Genomic Biology and Beckman Institute. Her research is in mechanics of composite materials, nanomaterials, and biological materials with a focus on bone. She published over 130 journal papers and over 60 conference papers. She is a co-editor of Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers since 2003, a Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science since 2012.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free



IGM Colloquium: Mechanics of Bone and Bone-Inspired Materials