Richard W. Neu
- Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1991
- M.S. Mechanical Engineering University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1988
- B.S. Engineering Mechanics University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1986
Professor Neu's research interests focus on the understanding and prediction of the fatigue behavior of materials and closely related topics in mechanical behavior of materials. His research bridges the materials science and the mechanics of the deformation and degradation processes. His work continues to advance the state of the art in understanding the damage generated through both experimental characterization and computational modeling that capture realistic material microstructural effects. Professor Neu has investigated a broad range of materials including steels, titanium and titanium alloys, nickel-base superalloys, aluminum alloys, metal matrix composites, copper and copper alloys used in extreme electrical contacts, and solder alloys used in electronic packaging. The general methods being developed have broad applications in many industries including mechanical, transportation, aerospace, energy systems, and medical devices. In particular, Professor Neu is internationally recognized for his research in two main focus areas:
- fretting fatigue and related tribological and attachment problems;
- high temperature and corrosion-fatigue primarily associated with power generation and transportation industries.
- Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, 2007-present.
- Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, 2003-2007.
- Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, 2001-2003.
- Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, 1995-2001.
- Visiting Scientist, Wright Laboratory Materials Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, 1991-1994.
- Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 1991.
- Chair, Website and Publicity, Society of Engineering Science (SES) Conference, Atlanta, GA, 9-12 October 2012
- International Scientific Committee, 6th Int. Symp. on Fretting Fatigue, Chengdu, China, 19-21 April 2010
- Co-Chair, ASTM E08-F04 Workshop on Fretting Fatigue of Metallic Medical Devices and Materials, Atlanta, GA, November 10, 2009
- Organizer, ASTM E08 Student Presentation Competition, Atlanta, GA, November 11, 2009
- Co-Chair, 7th ASTM/ESIS International Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, Tampa, FL, November 14-16, 2007
- International Scientific Committee, International Conference on Fatigue and Cyclic Plasticity: from mechanisms to design (JIP 2008), sponsored by Société Francaise de Métallurgie et de Matériaux (SF2M), Paris, France, May 2008
- International Scientific Committee, 5th Int. Symp. on Fretting Fatigue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 21-23 April 2007
- Organizer, ASTM E08 Student Presentation Competition, Atlanta, GA, November 15, 2006
- International Scientific Committee and Symposium Organizer, High Temperature and Thermomechanical Fatigue, 16th European Conference on Fracture (ECF16), Alexandroupolis, Greece, July 3-7, 2006
- Local Organizing Committee and Session Organizer, Fretting Fatigue, Fatigue '06, Atlanta, GA, May 14-19, 2006
- Session Co-organizer, Low-Cycle and Ratcheting Fatigue Failures of Structures and Materials, ASME IMECE, Orlando, FL, November 6-11, 2005
- International Scientific Committee, 4th Int. Symp. on Fretting Fatigue, Lyon, France, 26-28 May, 2004
- Organizer, ASTM E08 Annual Student Presentations, Orlando, FL, November 15, 2000
- Symposium Organizer, Symposium on Metal Matrix Composites, McNU'97, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, June 30-July 3, 1997
- Session Organizer, ASC Conference, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 7-9, 1996
- Co-Editor, Materials Performance and Characterization, 2012 – present
- Editor, Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, 2012 – present
- Associate Editor, Tribology Transactions, 2011 – present
- Associate Editor, Journal of ASTM International, Materials Performance and Characterization Section, 2010 – 2011
- Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Fatigue, 2011 – present
- Category Field Editor, Wear of Materials Conference, Portland, OR, April 15-18, 2013, for publication in special issue of Wear, 2011 – 2013
- Editorial Board, Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, 2008 – 2011
- Co-Editor, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics: 36th Volume, ASTM STP 1508, 2009; a compilation of papers appearing in the Journal of ASTM International presented at the 7th International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture, Tampa, FL, November 14-16, 2007.
- Elected Officer, ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, 2007 – 2013
- Vice Chair, ASTM E08.05 Subcommittee on Cyclic Deformation and Fatigue Crack Formation, 2010 – present
- Secretary, ASTM E08.05 Subcommittee on Cyclic Deformation and Fatigue Crack Formation, 2007 – 2010
- Chair, ASTM E08.05.05 Task Group on Fretting Fatigue, 2006 – present - lead effort to develop ASTM Standard Guide for Fretting Fatigue Testing
- Vice Chair, ASTM E08.05.05 Task Group on Fretting Fatigue, 2000 – 2006
- Member, ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, 1993 – present
- Member, ASME AMD-MD Joint Committee on Constitutive Equations, 2004 – present
- Member, ASME Committee on Contact Mechanics, 2005 – present
- Executive Board, Georgia Institute of Technology (2010 – 2013)
- Chair, Woodruff School Faculty Advisory Committee (2011 – 2012)
- Member, Woodruff School Faculty Advisory Committee (2010 – 2012)
- President, Georgia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi (2008 – 2010)
Selected Honors and Awards
- Fellow, ASTM International (2012)
- 6th International Symposium on Fretting Fatigue Best Paper Award, 2010
- TAPPI Engineering Conference Stowe Best Paper Award, 2006
- ASME Orr Best Paper Award, 2006
- ASEE Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award, 1998
- ASTM Best Presented Paper Award, 1998
- ASTM Keith J. Miller Young Investigator Award, 1997
- Wright Laboratory Materials Directorate Director's Award, 1995
Graduate Student Advisement
Advisor for 15 Ph.D. students and 24 M.S. students including past and current