Faculty

Ares J. Rosakis

Ares J. Rosakis

Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Degrees and Appointments

B.Sc., University of Oxford, 1978; Sc.M., Brown University, 1980; Ph.D., 1982. Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics, Caltech, 1982-88; Associate Professor, 1988-93; Professor, 1993-2000; Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, 2000-04; von Karman Professor, 2004-; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, 2004-09; Division Chair, 2009-13; Otis Booth Leadership Chair, 2013-15.

Email: arosakiscaltech.edu

Tel: 626-395-4523

MC 105-50 Pasadena, CA 91125

Assistant(s)

Research Group Matters
Donna Mojahedi
293 Firestone Laboratory
626-395-4514
mojahedi@caltech.edu

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Research Overview

Professor Rosakis focuses on solid mechanics, dynamic mechanical properties, ballistic impact, hypervelocity impact of micrometeorites on spacecraft, dynamic fracture and fragmentation, adiabatic shear banding, earthquake fault mechanics, mechanics of metallic glasses, restoration of ancient stone monuments, and mechanics of thin films.

Space-Related Research

Reliability of space materials and structures, spacecraft shielding against micrometeoroid impact; the mechanics of sample return (avoiding inter-planetary and planetary contamination); microelectronics and MEMS in space; optical properties of space telescope mirrors.

List of Research Areas

solid mechanics, dynamic mechanical properties, ballistic impact, hypervelocity impact of micrometeorites on spacecraft, dynamic fracture and fragmentation, adiabatic shear banding, earthquake fault mechanics, mechanics of metallic glasses, restoration of ancient stone monuments, mechanics of thin films


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