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Northwestern University

2011-2012

L. Catherine Brinson

L. Catherine Brinson

Jerome B. Cohen Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean for Academic and Professional Initiatives, McCormick School of Engineering

Professor Brinson's research interests lie in the study of advanced material systems and developing new methods to characterize and to model material behavior. The materials of interest all exhibit interesting hierarchical structural features, necessitating a consideration of length scales spanning the range of molecular interactions, micromechanical and macroscopic behavior. Hierarchical structure also leads to challenges in experimental analysis and constitutive descriptions and a reassessment of traditional concepts of deformation.

Professor Brinson has been integrally involved in the development of the novel Engineering First undergraduate curriculum at Northwestern University. She taught enhanced sections of sophomore level "mechanics of materials" where matrix methods of structural analysis were integrated using finite element syntax. This course formed a basis for the second course in the Engineering Analysis sequence, Mechanics. Professor Brinson was also a co-developer of the third course in the EA sequence, Dynamics of Systems. The four course Engineering Analysis sequence teaches freshman engineering students the fundamentals of matrix algebra, differential equations, mechanics, dynamics, and computer programming in an integrated fashion with emphasis on engineering applications. She has also developed a graduate course entitled Mechanics of Advanced Materials, in which microscale mechanisms and their relation to macroscopic behavior and mathematical constitutive modeling for advanced material systems is developed, with emphasis on polymer viscoelasticity and shape memory materials. Professor Brinson is especially interested in new modes of teaching and learning to expand the educational frontier.

Harvey Young

Harvey Young

Chair and Professor, Theater, Performance Studies, and Radio, Television and Film, School of Communication; and Professor, African American Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Harvey Young’s research on the performance and experience of race has been widely published in academic journals, profiled in The New YorkerThe Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education and cited in The New York Times and The Boston Globe. He has published seven books, including Embodying Black Experience, winner of “Book of the Year” awards from the National Communication Association and the American Society for Theatre Research and, most recently, Black Theater is Black Life: An Oral History of Chicago Theater (coauthored with Mecca Zabriskie).

Dr. Young has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Theatre Research, the Yale Club of Chicago, and the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. A former Harvard and Stanford fellow, he graduated with honors from Yale and holds a Ph.D. from Cornell. He is currently President-elect of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the largest association dedicated to college/university theatre with nearly 2,000 members, and the editor of Theatre Survey, the journal of the American Society for Theatre Research.

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