Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Björn Kiefer, Ph.D.

Professional Experience

2016-presentFull Professor for Applied Mechanics - Solid Mechanics, Institute of Mechanics and Fluiddynamics, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
2010-2016Juniorprofessor for the Mechanics of Functional Materials, Institute of Mechanics, TU Dortmund, Germany
2007-2010Akademischer Rat (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), Institut für Mechanik (Bauwesen), Lehrstuhl I, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
2002-2006Graduate Assistant Research, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA

Education

2002-2006Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA
Dissertation: A Phenomenological Constitutive Model for Magnetic Shape Memory Alloys
Advisor: Dr. Dimitris C. Lagoudas
1996-2001Diplom Mechanical Engineering/Applied Mechanics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Thesis: Revisit and Characterization of a Thermomechanically Coupled Constitutive for the Description of Polycrystalline Shape Memory Alloys
Advisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Otto T. Bruhns

Honors & Awards

2021Elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
2018Invited Professor, ENSAM - Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Campus Metz, Laboratoire d'Etude des Microstructures et de Mécanique des Materiaux (LEM3), Metz, France
2012Invited Professor, Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy I, Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Technologies de l'Ingénieur de Nancy (ESSTIN), France
2011Selection for the Global Young Faculty Program, Mercator Research Center Ruhr
2010Selection for the 1. Brazilian-German Frontiers of Science and Technology Symposium (BRAGFOST 2010), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2007Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research, Texas A&M University
20061st Place SPIE/ASME Best Student Paper Presentation Contest
2006Induction into the Pinnacle Academic Honor Society
2003Induction into the Academic Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi
1999DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for Foreign Studies at Texas A&M University

Teaching at TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Technische Mechanik A – Statik (Statics)WS 2016/17, WS 2017/18, WS 2018/19,
WS 2019/20, WS 2020/21, WS 2021/22
Technische Mechanik B – Festigkeitslehre I (Strength of Materials I)SS 2017, SS 2018, SS 2019, SS 2020, SS 2021
Technische Mechanik B – Festigkeitslehre II (Strength of Materials II)

WS 2016/17, WS 2017/18, WS 2018/19, WS 2019/20, WS 2020/21

Höhere Festigkeitslehre (Advanced Strength of Materials (Elasticity))WS 2021/22
Werkstoffmechanik (Mechanics of Materials)WS 2016/17, WS 2017/18
Continuum Mechanics (Kontinuumsmechanik)SS 2017, SS 2018, SS 2019, SS 2020, SS 2021
Plasticity (Plastizitätstheorie)WS 2018/19, WS 2019/20, WS 2020/21, WS 2021/22

Short Courses/ Summer Schools:

An Introduction to the Mechanics of Functional Materials with a Particular Focus on Shape Memory Alloys, COMMAS Summer School, Universität Stuttgart10/2010
An Introduction to the Modeling of Microstructure Evolution in Magnetizable Solids, DFG-FOR 1509 Summer School Modeling, Hischegg, Austria07/2013

Funded Research Projects

(Link to Funded Research Projects)

Research Interests

  • Continuum Mechanics with Geometrical and Physical Nonlinearities
  • Constitutive Modeling of Active and Multifunctional Materials
  • Electro-Magneto-Mechanical Coupling Phenomena in Solids
  • Computational Mechanics of Coupled Problems
  • Micromechanics and Multi-Scale Modeling
  • Coupling of Constitutive Mechanics (Phase Transformations, Plastiticy, Damage)
  • Modeling of Damage, Fracture and Fatique
  • Experimental Mechanics (Materials Characterization)

Professional Activities

  • Treasurer (currently), Secretary (2020-2021), Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Branch, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – Aerospace Division, elected member since 11/2011.
  • Elected Member, Technical Committees: (i) Active and Multifunctional Materials, (ii) Adaptive Systems Dynamics and Controls, ASME–Aerospace Division, ASMS Branch.
  • Reviewer: Acta Mater., Acta Mech., Adv. Eng. Mater., Adv. Model. Simul. Eng. Sci., Appl. Math. Model., Arch. Appl. Mech., Comput. Appl. Math., Comput. Mech., Contin. Mech. Thermodyn., Eur. J. Mech. A Solids, GAMM-Mitteilungen, Int. J. Multiscale Com., Int. J. Nonlin. Sci. Num., Int. J. Solids Struct., J. Alloys Compd., J. Eng. Mater.-T. ASME, J. Intell. Mater. Syst. Struct., J. Magn. Magn. Mater., J. Mech. Phys. Solids, J. Supercond. Novel Magn., Materials, Mater. Des., Mater. Res. Express, Mater. Sci. Eng. A, Math. Probl. Eng., Mecchanica, Mech. Mater., Philos. Mag., PAMM, Proc. R. Soc. A, Prod. Eng., Sci. Rep., Smart Mater. Struct.

·        Research Publications

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Research Presentations

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Conference, Seminar and Symposium Organization:

  • Minisymposium: Mechanics and Physics of Active Materials, 19th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Austin, TX, USA, 19-24 June, 2022 (with T. Baxevanis, University of Houston; D. C. Lagoudas, Texas A&M University; S. Rudykh, University of Wisconsin Madison; E. A. Peraza Hernandez, University of California Irvine).
  • DGM-Fortbildungsseminar: Bruchmechanische Berechnungsmethoden, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 15-17 March 2022 (with M. Kuna, U. Zerbst and P. Hübner).
  • Symposium 1: Development and Characterization of Multifunctional Materials, ASME 2020, Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Irvine, CA, USA, 14-16 September 2020 (mit C. Ciocanel, Northern Arizona University und Ji Su, NASA), converted to virtual format.
  • Section 3: Damage and Fracture Mechanics, 91st GAMM Annual Meeting 2020, Kassel, 16-20 March 2020 (with M. Kästner, TU Dresden), moved to 16.-20. March 2020, virtual format.
  • Symposium 1: Development and Characterization of Multifunctional Materials, ASME 2019, Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Louisville, KY, USA, 09-11 September 2019 (with C. Ciocanel, Northern Arizona University and Ji Su, NASA).
  • Minisymposium 1106: Computational Mechanics for Smart Materials: Modeling, Simulation and Experimental Validation, 15th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Austin, TX, USA, 28 July-1 August, 2019 (with A. Ricoeur, S. Lange, University of Kassel).
  • DGM-Fortbildungsseminar: Bruchmechanische Berechnungsmethoden, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 13-15 March 2019 (with M. Kuna, U. Zerbst und P. Hübner).
  • Minisymposium: Smart Materials Across the Scales: Modeling, Experiment and Simulation, 13th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, New York City, USA, 22-27 July, 2018 (with A. Ricoeur, S. Lange, University of Kassel; M.-A. Keip, University of Stuttgart)
  • DGM-Fortbildungsseminar: Bruchmechanische Berechnungsmethoden, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 14-16 March 2018 (with M. Kuna, U. Zerbst und P. Hübner).
  • Section 3: Damage and Fracture Mechanics, 89th GAMM Annual Meeting 2018, Munich, Germany, 19-23 March, 2018 (with C. Linder, Stanford University)
  • 3rd Seminar on Ferroic Functional Materials & 13th International Workshop on Direct and Inverse Problems in Piezoelectricity, Kassel, Germany, 4-6 October, 2017 (with A. Ricoeur, University of Kassel)
  • Symposium 3: Modeling, Dynamics, and Control of Adaptive Systems, ASME 2015 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Colorado Springs, CO, USA, 21-23 September, 2015 (with co-chair U. Marschner, TU Dresden)
  • Best Student Paper Competition, ASME 2015 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Colorado Springs, CO, USA, 21-23 September, 2015 (with chair H. Feigenbaum, Northern Arizona University, USA)
  • Minisymposium: Multi-scale Modeling of Ferroic Functional Materials, 86. GAMM Annual Meeting, Lecce, Italy, 23-27 March, 2015 (with M.-A. Keip, University of Stuttgart, J. Schröder, University of Duisburg-Essen, and B. Svendsen, RWTH Aachen)
  • Best Student Paper Competition, ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Newport, RI, USA, 15-17 September, 2014
  • Symposium 3: Modeling, Dynamics, and Control of Adaptive Systems, ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Newport, RI, USA, 15-17 September 2014 (chair J.-H. Koo, Miami University, USA, co-chair U. Marschner, TU Dresden)
  • Best Student Paper Competition, ASME 2013 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS), Salt Lake City, NV, USA, 19-21 September, 2013 (with co-chair H. Feigenbaum, Northern Arizona University, USA)
  • Symposium 3: Modeling, Dynamics, and Control of Adaptive Systems, ASME 2013 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS), Snowbird, NV, USA, 19-21 September, 2013 (with chair E. Dragoni, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy, co-chair J.-H. Koo, Miami University, USA)
  • Symposium: Anreizsysteme - Eine Möglichkeit zur Verbesserung der Lehre?, Ruhr Universität Bochum, 4 December, 2012 (with GYF-AG Lehren und Lernen im Hochschulraum Ruhr)
  • 1st Seminar on Ferroic Functional Materials, TU Dortmund, 21-22 November, 2012 (with A. Menzel and T. Bartel, TU Dortmund)
  • Minisymposium: Computational Modeling of Electromagnetic Functional Materials, 4. GACM Colloquium on Computational Mechanics, Dresden, Germany, 31 August-2 September, 2011 (with D. Rosato, University of Stuttgart)
  • Section 8: Multiscales and Homogenization, GAMM Annual Meeting 2009, Gdansk, Poland, 9-13 February, 2009 (with S. Stupkiewicz, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (IPPT), Warsaw, Poland)
  • 2. GAMM-Seminar on Multiscale Material Modeling, University of Stuttgart, 11-12 July, 2008 (with C. Miehe, University of Stuttgart)