Vinod Tewary Wins Eric Reissner Medal


Dr. Vinod Tewary, a physicist working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado, has been selected for the award of the prestigious Reissner medal in computational technology.

The medal will be awarded to him in July 2004 at a special ceremony to be held in the Island of Madeira, Portugal, during an international conference on computational engineering and science. The medal is in recognition of, according to the citation, his "sustained and significant contributions to mechanics at small length scales."

Dr. Tewary has developed powerful new methods for mathematical modeling of mechanical properties of nanomaterials. These are very small-size solids which are about a thousand times thinner than a human hair. Nanomaterials have most fascinating electrical and mechanical properties with a wide range of potential applications such as in computers, medical diagnosis and treatments, and defense systems. These materials are expected to revolutionize the technology of this century. Ordinary mathematical theories used for explaining the mechanics of conventional solids are not applicable at such small-length scales. Dr. Tewary's work helps understand their mechanical behavior which is useful for design and development of new devices.

Dr. Tewary is originally from Hardoi (UP). He took his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Lucknow and Ph.D. from the University of Delhi. Before coming to the USA, he was a Professor and Dean at the Birla Institute of Technology of Science, Pilani (Rajasthan). He is also a published Hindi poet and has actively participated in the activities of the community.