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Ares J. Rosakis Ares J. Rosakis
Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science
Otis Booth Leadership Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science; Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

News Releases

2014

The World University RankingsWhat keeps Caltech at the top of the Times Higher Education university rankings? In a series of highly candid and extraordinary interviews with EAS Chair Ares Rosakis, BBE Chair Steven Mayo, and their faculty colleagues, the editor of the Times reports on the Institute. He observes: "While diminutive scale may be a disadvantage for some institutions, for Caltech, it is at the heart of its being, and perhaps the single most important aspect of its extraordinary global success." [Read the full article] [pdf of article]

2013


Booth and Rosakis With a $10 million gift, the Los Angeles–based Otis Booth Foundation has created and endowed the Otis Booth Leadership Chair for the Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) at Caltech. "The first funds from the endowment will support time-sensitive research that is too high risk for most traditional grants," says Chair Ares Rosakis, the inaugural holder of the Booth Leadership Chair. "I am excited to see what inventions and ideas become realities as Dr. Rosakis and his successors at the helm of EAS use this endowment now and far into the future," says Lynn Booth, president of the Otis Booth Foundation, a Caltech trustee, and a prominent Los Angeles philanthropist. [Caltech Release] 7.3.13


The Indian Department of Space / Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has established a fellowship at Caltech in the name of Caltech alumnus Satish Dhawan (Eng '49, PhD '51) who is a pioneer of India's space program. "The ISRO is honoring Dhawan and Caltech with this fellowship, and it is also recognizing the historical connections between engineers and scientists in the United States and India," says Chair Ares Rosakis. "India has a very strong domestically grown space program," explains GALCIT Director G. Ravichandran. "The ISRO is hoping to maintain its momentum by training students in much the same way that Dhawan was trained when he went through GALCIT decades ago." [Learn More] [Caltech Release] 7.30.13

 

2012

Ares RosakisActing Caltech President Ed Stolper, JPL Director Charles Elachi, Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques recipient Ares Rosakis, and Consul General of France in Los Angeles Axel Cruau

Ares Rosakis
has been selected to receive the Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, which is the Commander grade of the French Republic's Order of Academic Palms. Founded by Napoleon in 1808 to honor educators and scholars, this distinction recognizes eminent personalities who have made significant contributions to the development of French culture, science, and education. It is currently awarded by the Prime Minister of France.

The Order of Academic Palms, was originally created to reward service to French universities and academies. In 1955, Charles de Gaulle broadened the mandate to include researching, teaching, and disseminating knowledge of the French culture around the world. The Order comprises of three grades: Commandeur (Commander — medallion worn on necklet), Officier (Officer — medallion worn on ribbon with rosette on left breast), and Chevalier (Knight — medallion worn on ribbon on left breast). It is one of the world’s oldest orders of chivalry, still in existence, and in distinction the Order of Academic Palms comes right after honors such as the Legion of Honor and the Order of the Liberation. Past recipients of the Commandeur de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques include classical greek scholar Jacqueline de Romilly, Prince Albert II of Monaco, filmmaker Marcel Pagnol, and mathematician Jean Frédéric Auguste Delsarte. [Caltech Feature] 1.6.12

2011

Ares Rosakis has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Professor Rosakis was elected for discovery of intersonic rupture, contributions to understanding dynamic failure, and methods to determine stresses in thin-film structures.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." 2.8.11

 

2010

Ares Rosakis gave the closing remarks at the 2010 National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges National Summit. Professor Rosakis' presentation entitled "Where Have All the Rocket Scientists Gone?" wrapped up a two day event involving leading scientists and engineers, educators, policy leaders, innovators and corporate executives. Watch Event Highlights (m4v video) (Download pdf) 10.12.10



Ares J. Rosakis is the recipient of the 2010 Brown Engineering Alumni Medal (BEAM). The medal is awarded to distinguished Brown alumni who have established exceptional records of accomplishment in their careers. Professor Rosakis received the medal at a ceremony held in the Brown Alumnae Hall accompanied by his former teacher Rodney J. Clifton, Dean of Brown University School of Engineering, L. Ben Freund, Rosakis' PhD advisor and former Chair of Brown University Division of Engineering, as well as Rosakis' classmate Wei Yang, President of Zhejiang University in China [in photo standing from left to right]. At the same ceremony it was announced that the Division of Engineering at Brown University has been elevated to the School of Engineering at Brown. 6.2.10

James Cameron and Ares Rosakis

Avatar Director James Cameron met with Caltech faculty and students on May 4, 2010 to discuss a variety of topics including space structure systems, interdisciplinary materials and device research, and cognitive neuroscience. All present were impressed by Mr. Cameron's level of interest and engagement. Ares Rosakis said "if Mr. Cameron was not such an accomplished director I bet he would have made a wonderful engineer." 5.18.10

Ares J. Rosakis has been selected to receive the 2010 Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers "for pioneering contributions to the field of fracture and failure mechanics of microelectronic, engineering and geological materials and structures, spanning a wide range of length scales; and for visionary leadership in promoting interdisciplinary research and education in mechanical engineering." 5.6.10

Ares Rosakis' Intersonic Earthquakes: What Laboratory Earthquakes Teach Us About Real Ones lecture is available on iTunes U. 4/15/10

Watson Lecture: Creating Laboratory Earthquakes [Caltech Press Release] [pdf] 2/15/10

The Los Angeles Times magazine has featured Ares Rosakis, EAS
Chair; Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of
Mechanical Engineering, as a visionary - "someone who has the
perception to see past entrenched, received ideas about what is
possible and conjure revolutionary concepts". In the article entitled
"Information Sage" Chair Rosakis discusses the IST initiative and
highlights the interconnectedness of the research being conducted in
the EAS division. [LA Times Article] 1/04/10


2009

Caltech Committee on Institute Programs Presents: Ares Rosakis: Intersonic Earthquakes: What Laboratory Earthquakes Teach us About Real Ones. Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 8:00 PM Beckman Auditorium. FREE; no tickets or reservations required Find out about this event... 12/08/09

imageimageMaking the World a Better Place was the theme of the September 15, 2009 International von Kármán Wings Award ceremony which honored international leaders and aerospace pioneers Abdul Kalam, the 11th president of India and distinguished professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, and Yannick d'Escatha, chairman and chief executive officer of the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES). Ares J. Rosakis, chair of the Aerospace Historical Society, chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, and Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering presented the awards to the honorees and stated, "along with their tremendous accomplishments in aerospace, this year's honorees are leaders in international collaboration, climate monitoring, and energy harvesting". Read more ... 09/15/09

Seismic Boom [New Scientist Article] 8/1/09

Caltech Faculty Members and Board Chair Named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Caltech American Academy of Arts & Sciences professors Marianne Bronner-Fraser and Ares Rosakis, as well as Chairman of the Board Kent Kresa, are among the 210 new fellows elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year. They join an assembly that was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholars to provide practical solutions to pressing issues. Read More... 04/21/09

Ares Rosakis, Theodore von Kármán Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, and Hiroo Kanamori, John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, with their students and colleagues were featured in the documentary How the Earth Was Made (History Channel on February 10, 2009). The segment concerns the San Andreas fault and features a part which was filmed in the Solid Dynamics Lab at GALCIT. It also features an interview on supershear earthquake ruptures with Rosakis and Kanamori. View "How the Earth was Made." ©2009, 126MB .mov, 3:44 minutes. Purchase History Channel DVD here. 02/09/09

 

2008

Professor Ares Rosakis has been elected to the grade of Fellow in the Society of Experimental Mechanics. Designation as an SEM Fellow is reserved to a select group of individuals that have made notable contributions to the Society and to the field of Experimental Mechanics. The formal presentation of the 2009 Fellow Award will take place at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 2, during the SEM Annual Conference that is scheduled to be held 1-3 June 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. 10/15/08

One of Five Centers of Excellence for Predictive Science. With a $17 million grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the California Institute of Technology becomes one of five new centers of excellence that will focus on the emerging field of predictive science. Michael Ortiz, the Dotty and Dick Hayman Professor of Aeronautics, professor of mechanical engineering, and director of Caltech's new Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program (PSAAP) Center, says Caltech will focus its efforts on the high-energy density dynamic response of materials, with demonstrations of hypervelocity impact response. Hypervelocity impact is central to a number of scientific and application areas, including the design of protective shields for space structures and the understanding of meteorite impact cratering, Ortiz says. Accurate computer simulation is critical to the understanding of experiments that involve velocities reaching 10 kilometers per second, pressures in the megabar range, and extraordinarily high temperatures and deformation rates. 03/13/08

Professor Ares Rosakis, Professor G. Ravichandran, and their student George Lykotrafitis have been awarded the 2008 Hetenyi Award, named in honor of Dr. Miklos Hetenyi, for the best research paper published in Experimental Mechanics. The title of the paper is "Particle Velocimetry and Photoelasticity Applied to the Study of Dynamic Sliding Along Frictionally-Held Bimaterial Interfaces: Techniques and Feasibility" which was published in 2006. Their award will be presented in a ceremony at the awards luncheon at the SEM XI International Congress and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics scheduled to be held in June 2008 in Orlando, Florida. 1/31/08

Professor Ares Rosakis has been named the Astor Visiting Professor and Lecturer at Oxford University, his alma matter. He is scheduled to deliver the Astor Lecture at the Oxford University, Museum Lecture Theatre on Friday, May 2, 2008. The title of his lecture is Intersonic Earthquakes: What laboratory earthquakes can teach us about real ones. 1/31/08

 

2007

Full video presentation of the Fifty Years in Space Conference held at Caltech is now available: click here for details. 11/30/07

Ares Rosakis and team documented for the first time a systematic variation in earthquake rupture patterns called pulselike and cracklike ruptures. [Caltech Press Release] 11/30/07

Ares Rosakis received the 2007 D. R. Harting Award, from the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM) for the "Best Paper" published in Experimental Techniques. The title of the paper is "Supershear and Sub-Rayleigh to Supershear Transition Observed in Laboratory Earthquake Experiments". Rosakis and his co-authors, Dr. Kaiwan Xia and Professor Hiroo Kanamori received this award in June 2007 at the SEM Annual Conference, Springfield, MA. 11/9/07

Professor Ares Rosakis was invited to give the Alwin Schaller Distinguished Lecture, at the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, on May 1, 2007. The title of his talk was "Laboratory Earthquakes". 6/22/07

Professor Ares Rosakis has been invited to give the Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Lecture at Stony Brook University, New York, on Friday, January 26, 2007. The title of his talk is "Laboratory Earthquakes." 1/9/07



2006

A new study by Ares Rosakis and colleagues has revealed important findings about the nature of ruptures and sliding behavior, which could impact how we respond to earthquakes and other disasters. [Caltech Press Release] 9/21/06



2005

Ares Rosakis and colleagues seismic experiments provide new clues to earthquake wave directionality and growth speed. Knowing the wave speeds of the materials in different tectonic plates and the stresses acting on them, could someday have an improved ability to predict which areas along a major fault might be more powerfully hit. [Caltech Press Release] 4/25/05

2004

Ares Rosakis and Hiroo Kanamori demonstrate existence of earthquake supershear phenomenon. [Caltech Press Release] 3/18/04

Ares Rosakis, Hiroo Kanamori, and Kaiwen Xi study the speeds at which earthquakes travel. [Star News Article] 3/18/04

Researchers say 'Super-shear' could aid quake preparedness [The Desert Sun Article] 3/22/04


1999

Ares Rosakis and his graduate students Omprakash Samudrala and Demirkan Coker generate cracks that move as fast as the speed of sound, and resemble certain earthquake shear ruptures. [Caltech Press Release] 5/20/99

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