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Markus Buehler, Ph.D., NAE


Markus J. Buehler is the McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT, and Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In his research, Buehler pursues new modeling, design and manufacturing approaches for advanced biomaterials that offer greater resilience and a wide range of controllable properties from the nano- to the macroscale. His interests include a variety of functional material properties including mechanical, optical and biological, linking chemical features, hierarchical and multiscale structures, to functional performance in the context of physiological, pathological and other extreme conditions. His scholarly work focuses on materials modeling, design and experimental efforts, and authored several books. His most recent book "Biomateriomics" presents a new paradigm for the analysis of bio-inspired materials and structures to devise new biomaterial platforms, and using a mathematical categorization approach that connects insights from disparate fields such as materials, structures to music and language.Prof. Buehler has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications (H-index=75), which have been cited more than 22,000 times. He has given more than 350 invited/keynote/plenary talks across the world. He serves as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, and is on the editorial board of many other peer-reviewed journals. Buehler is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Engineering Science (SES), and currently serves as President of the Society of Engineering Science. He served as the chair of several conferences, societal committees, and is actively involved in public outreach (including an annual materials research camp at MIT with local middle and high schools), as well as translation of basic research through entrepreneurship. In addition to his regular teaching at MIT, he offers an annual Professional Education class “Predictive Multiscale Materials Design”. He was recently elected as a MRS Fall 2021 Meeting Chair, one of the largest materials science conferences.