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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 45 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=46). 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  

  • Tata Steel (Advanced high-strength steels & polymer-coated metal sheets) 
  • Philips  

  • Océ  

  • DAF 

Awards 

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

  • Euromech Fellow, 2012 (European Mechanics Society) 

  • Award Georges Martin, 1999 (AIA, Belgium) 

  • Vreedenburgh award, 1998 (The Netherland)

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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