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Marc Geers is a Full Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), and group leader of the Mechanics of Materials section. His research topics focus on solid mechanics, damage mechanics, micromechanics, multi-scale mechanics, computational mechanics with applications on advanced high-strength materials, metamaterials, materials for energy, health. He is also chairing the group’s multi-scale lab, which allows for quantitative in situ microscopic measurements during deformation and mechanical characterisation of a broad class of materials, structures, MEMS etc. on a wide range of length scales from nanometres to centimetres His research work serves the development of advanced engineering materials, additive manufacturing systems, MEMS & microsystems, materials for fusion, innovative metamaterials, etc.  Most activities are carried out in support of key Dutch and European industrial partners. Research grants to support the work have been obtained in a structural manner from ERC (Advanced Grant), NWO (former STW, FOM), EU, M2i (Materials Innovation institute) and industry.

At present, research focuses on the science of additive manufacturing, novel models for complex interfaces, novel methods to unravel and design mechanical metamaterials, novel methods to bridge scales combined with reduced-order approaches, and multi-physics problems.

His educational activities span all levels from BSc (e.g. solid mechanics), to MSc (e.g. continuum mechanics & nonlinear problems), to PhD (EM multi-scale and micromechanics; CISM courses). He supervised more than 50 PhD students, among which 14 are now faculty members in 11 different countries, whereas most other former PhD students started a successful career in industry.

Academic background

Marc Geers obtained his university Engineering Degree (MSc) at the RMA (Brussels, Belgium) in 1987. He started an academic career in the department of civil and materials engineering of the RMA, which he combined with a PhD at TU/e (1997). In 2000, he was appointed full professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at TU/e. He was a visiting scientist at EPFL in 2003 and at the Ecole des Mines de Paris in 2011. Marc has published over 300 papers in international journals, with a significant citation impact (Web-of-Science h-index=51). In the past 10 years, he presented more than 15 plenary lectures at international conferences (e.g. ESMC, ECCOMAS, CFRAC, ECCM, GAMM,…) and over 50 keynote and invited lectures. 

Since 2019, he is the President of the European Mechanics Society EUROMECH. He is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids and serves on the Editorial Boards of more than 15 international journals. He is also serving the national and international community in other roles, e.g. as the scientific director of the Dutch Engineering Mechanics graduate school (2008-2017), as the chairman of the European Mechanics of Materials Conference committee (2007-2017), as a member of more than 50 scientific conference committees (past 10 years) and scientific evaluation panels (e.g. NWO, ERC). He is a member of the board of the Netherlands Mechanics Committee, Cluster coordinator of the cluster Multiscale fundamentals of materials and Program Committee member of M2i. He served on the Board of Governors of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (NWO-FOM) in the period 2009-2017.

Affiliated with

  • President of the European Mechanics Society EUROMECH (since 2019)
  • Member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (since 2012) 

  • Materials Innovation Institute (Cluster coordinator; member of the Programme Committee) 

  • Member of the Board of the Netherlands Mechanics Committee 

  • Member of the Board of the Dutch Engineering Mechanics Graduate School 

  • Member of the Management Board of the 4TU Research Centre on High-Tech Materials 

  • Member of the Management Board of the 4TU Research Centre on Fluid and Solid Mechanics 

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, TU/e (vice-dean) 

  • GAMM research groups (Multiscale Material Modelling; Analysis of Microstructures) 

  • Editorial Committee of the Éditions de l'École polytechnique 

  • Other professional memberships: ASME, ECCOMAS, EUROMECH, MECAMAT, MRS, KIVI, ie-net 


Partners in (semi-)industry  

  • Philips, NXP, EPCOS, Tata Steel, Canon R&D, Gouda VV, Kappa Packaging, De Schelde, HOLST Centre, DAF, ASML, NRG, INPRO, PDE, Shell, Stork, DSM, NLR, TNO (industry & automotive), Helianthos, Polymer Vision, Medtronic, RAMLAB, VDL, ...

Awards 

  • IACM Fellow, 2016 (International Association for Computational Mechanics)  

  • ERC Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, 2013
  • Euromech Fellow, 2012 (European Mechanics Society) 

  • Award Georges Martin, 1999 (AIA, Belgium) 

  • Vreedenburgh award, 1998 (The Netherlands)

  • Awards as a BSc/MSc student (Belgium): KVIV award (MSc thesis award of the Royal Flemish Society of Engineers); Honourable mention of the AIA (MSc thesis award); Award Foulon (Best ranked student award); Award Prof. Sibenaler for Mechanics (2x)

Experience

Editorial Boards memberships, guest editing 

  • Associate Editor of the European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids (2014-..)
  • Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics (2010-2013)
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of the Éditions de l'École polytechnique
  • Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A
  • Editorial Board of Computational Mechanics
  • Editorial Board of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
  • Editorial Board of the International Journal of Multi-scale Computational Engineering
  • Editorial Board of the Journal of Multiscale Modelling
  • Editorial Board of the Journal of Nanomechanics & Micromechanics
  • Editorial Board of the International Journal of Automotive & Mechanical Engineering
  • Editorial Board of Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences
  • Editorial Board of the Journal of Coupled systems and Multiscale Dynamics
  • Editorial Board of the Journal of Mechanical Behaviour of Materials
  • Editorial Board of the Journal of Surfaces and Interfaces of Materials
  • Editorial Board of Plasticity and Mechanics of Defects
  • Editorial Panel of Advanced Materials Theory

Scientific committees & conference organization (past 10 years)

  • Scientific committees : SPPM(2010), NUMIFORM (2010), ECCM(2010), ECF (2010), THERMEC(2011), CMM(2011), ICHMM(2011),  STW Programme Committee on Multiscale Simulation Tools, NWO programme committee on Complexity, Advisory Board Belgian IAP Physics based multilevel mechanics of metals; Research assessment committee DTU, Denmark, 2010+2015;TNO, 2013; ONERA, 2013; ICMM (2013), CERMODEL (2013), Numiform (2013), CMM (2013), IWCMM (2013), SMART (2013), CFRAC (2013), EMMC(2014),MTDM (2014), IUTAM-symp (2014), EMMC(2014), IWCMM (2014), WCCM-ECCM (2014), UNCECOMP(2015), CSMA(2015), CFRAC(2015), ICCSM(2015), ICMM(2015), ICMER(2015), ICMCSF(2015), ICOMP (2016), NUMIFORM (2016), Dislocations (2016), ECCOMAS (2016), EMMC (2016), CERMODEL (2017), CFRAC (2017), CMM (2017, CSMA (2017), Euromech-592 (2017), ICMM (2017), ICMER (2017), ICCM (2017), SCT (2017), SteelSim (2017), UNCECOMP (2017), AEM (2018), Biomechanics (2018), CMST (2018), ECCM (2018), EMMC (2018), ICCM (2018), ICCSM (2018), ICOMP (2018), CFRAC (2019), ICCM (2019), ICMM (2019), NUMIFORM (2019), PCM-CMM (2019), STEELSIM (2019), UNCECOMP (2019)
  • Scientific evaluation panels for NWO, STW, Senter, IWT, CNRS, FWO, ERC, DFG and multiple professor or tenure track committees.
  • Organizer & co-organizer of several sessions and symposia at international conferences: MRS-fall 2009, Lorentz-workshop Multiscale 2009, MMM 2010, CFRAC 2011, ICTAM 2012, ESMC 2012, ECCOMAS 2012; ICMM 2013; WCCM 2014; ICMM 2014; CFRAC 2015; ECCOMAS 2016; CFRAC 2017; ECCM 2018; MSE 2018; WCCM 2018; CFRAC 2019; COMPLAS 2019; ECCOMAS-CMCS 2019
  • Chair of the IUTAM symposium on Multi-scale plasticity of crystalline materials (Eindhoven, 2007); Co-chair of EUROMECH colloquium 537 (Marne-la-Vallée, 2012) and ECCOMAS thematic conferences on Computational Modeling of Complex Materials across the scales (Paris, 2017; Glasgow, 2019).

Publication track record

>300 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals

>250 publications in conference proceedings

Details available on http://www.tue.nl/mechmat

Citation scores:

  • Web-of-Science:   h-index = 51  ;  >  10000 citations
  • Scopus:               h-index = 55  ;  > 12000 citations 
  • Google Scholar:    h-index = 69  ;  > 18000 citations

Promotor PhD theses

52 supervised PhD theses, downloadable from http://www.tue.nl/mechmat  

Plenary, keynote and invited lectures (past 12 years)

  • Plenary lectures at ACOMEN (2008), ESAFORM (2008), GAMM (2009); Marine (2009), Giens (2009), ICCSM (2009), ECCM (2010), CFRAC (2011), ECCOMAS (2012), IWCMM (2013); ESMC (2015); PCM-CMM (2015); IWCMM (2015), ICOMP (2016), WCCM (2016), IWCMM (2018), COMPLAS (2021)
  • Keynote lectures at GAMM (2005), COMPLAS (2005), THERMEC (2006), WCCM (2006), Plasticity (2007), WCCM (2008), EUROSIME (2009), THERMEC (2009), MMM (2010, 2012), M2i (2013), WCCM(2014), CFRAC(2015), Euromech-Porto (2016), Materials Chain conf. (2016), GAMM-microstructures (2017), EMPA-Zürich (2017), ECCM (2018), SES (2018), COMPLAS (2019)
  • More than 100 other invited lectures at conferences, meetings and universities

> 100 Member of external PhD and Habilitation committees

  • The Netherlands: TU/e; TU Delft; UT Twente; RuG Groningen; KUN Nijmegen
  • Belgium: UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve; KUL, Leuven; ULB, Brussels; VUB, Brussels; ULg, Liège
  • France : ENS Cachan, Paris; Ecole des Mines de Paris; Université Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris VI, Université Paul Verlaine – Metz ; Université  de Grenoble ; Ecole Polytechnique ; Université d’Auvergne
  • Switzerland: EPFL, Lausanne
  • Germany : University of Dortmund; University of Stuttgart; University of Kaiserslautern; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Leibniz Universität Hannover 
  • Sweden: Chalmers, Göteborg
  • Denmark: DTU, Copenhagen
  • Italy: Politecnico di Milano
  • Spain: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid       

University service (roles taken in the period 2000-2020)

  • 4TU-level (association of the Technical Universities in the Netherlands): 3TU-committee on Computational Sciences and Engineering; Board member of the Research Centre High-Tech Materials; Board member of the Research Centre Fluid and Solid Mechanics
  • University level: Chair of the University’s Scientific Advisory Board; Platform Academic Education; Standing Patent Committee; Steering group Educational Vision; Exam appeals committee; Reward & Recognition committee
  • Department level: Vice-dean; Research Committee; Educational Committee; Chairman of the Exam committee; Strategy committee; Appointment committees (all levels); MSc admission committee; Educational reform committee; BSc curriculum committee

Education and Teaching

  • BSc courses on Applied Elasticity in Engineering, Mechanical Properties of Materials, Continuum Mechanics, Strength of Materials, Solid Mechanics
  • MSc courses on Damage Mechanics, Finite Elements, Stability of Structures
  • Graduate courses (PhD level) on Mechanics of Material Nonlinearities, Micromechanics, Forming processes, Multiscale Mechanics, Computational Homogenization and Damage Mechanics at CISM (4x), GrasMech (Belgium), EM (Dutch Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics, every 2 years)
  • Contributions to Summer schools at CISM, Glasgow, Stuttgart, Hannover, Rijeka, Leuven, ...

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Short term visiting scientist, Ecole des Mines de Paris

20112012

Short term visiting professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

2003

Assistent/associate professor, RMA, Polytechnical Department

19912000

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