Fray International Sustainability Award

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Prof. Mark Horstemeyer


Mark F. Horstemeyer was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (USA) in 1962. After moving to Weirton, WV at a young age, he graduated from Weir High School in 1981 showing strong interest in physics, mathematics, anatomy, physiology, and chemistry. Just before his senior year in high school Mark became a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ, and from that vantage point his life he has used nature as an inspiration for design ever since. He attended West Virginia University, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) in 1985. After marrying his wife Barbara, they returned to Ohio for his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Ohio State University (OSU). In 1987 he started at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA., where he worked on systems design, finite element analysis, structural mechanics, shock wave physics, computational fluid dynamics, and multiscale modeling. Under the Doctoral Study Program at Sandia, Mark was able to earn his PhD in 1995 at Georgia Tech with Dr. David McDowell in Mechanical Engineering, where he studied crystal plasticity modeling and bridged length scales from the single crystal level to the polycrystalline level.

After spending several years at Sandia National Laboratories with his final position there being Manager of Fluid/Thermal Modeling Department, Mark jointed Mississippi State University (MSU) as a Chair Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2002. Two years later, he also joined the Computational Engineering Department of the University, and eventually joined MSU’s Agricultural & Biological Engineering as well as the Physics departments on 2010 and 2015 respectively. In 2010 he received a Honorary Professor of Mechanical Engineering position at Xihua University in Chengdu, China, and at 2013 an Adjunct Professor position at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Tuskegee University, AL. Apart from his extensive activity in academia and national laboratories, he has also been heavily involved in the industrial industry, having started three start-up companies in trying to put predictive science into engineering designs: Predictive Design Technologies, LLC; Advanced Technology Associates, LLC; and Yobel Technologies, LLC.

In January 2019, Mark joined Liberty University as the Dean of Engineering, bringing 30 years of industrial, national laboratory, and academic experience. Mark is a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Metals, Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Engineering in the European Union. He has demonstrated strong leadership in creating and implementing multiscale modeling strategies into the research and academic process. He has published over 500 journal articles, conference papers, books, and technical reports with a citation impact h-factor of over 60 with over 12,000 total citations; he has been invited to give over 160 lectures throughout the world, and has mentored over 200 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

Prof. Mark Horstemeyer, Receiving the Fray International Award from Dr. Florian Kongoli at FLOGEN SIPS 2022

Dr. Florian Kongoli congratulating Prof. Mark Horstemeyer on his award at FLOGEN SIPS 2022

Prof. Mark Horstemeyer, Delivering his acceptance speech to Dr. Florian Kongoli during the FLOGEN SIPS 2022 ceremony

FLOGEN SIPS 2022 Awards: Dr. Mark Horstemeyer, Professor, Liberty University, USA