Natasha Vermaak, Ganesh Balasubramanian recognized for peer review contributions

Mechanical engineering and mechanics assistant professors Natasha Vermaak and Ganesh Balasubramanian have been named recipients of 2019 Outstanding Reviewer awards by Acta Journals. 

The awards recognize excellence in their contributions as reviewers for journals Acta Materialia and/or Scripta Materialia during 2018.

“Peer review is a cornerstone of science, and Elsevier and Acta Materialia, Inc. are dedicated to supporting and recognizing the journals’ reviewers,” according to a press release

Balasubramanian received his doctorate in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of advanced energy and structural materials, nanoscale transport and mechanics, and multi-scale engineering. He is affiliated with Lehigh’s Institute for Institute for Functional Materials and Devices (I-FMD) and the Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation (I-DISC).

Vermaak earned her PhD in materials science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include multifunctional architectured materials and structures; the application of mathematical optimization techniques for the design of material composition, microstructure and structural topology; modeling thermostructural and materials degradation and durability; ultra-light weight aerospace structures; hypersonics; and integrated computational materials engineering. She is affiliated with I-FMD as well as the Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE).

According to Elsevier: Acta Materialia provides a forum for publishing papers and overviews that advance the in-depth understanding of the relationship between the processing, the structure and the properties of inorganic materials. Emphasis is on either the mechanical or functional behavior of inorganic solids at all length scales down to nanostructures. Scripta Materialia is a LETTERS journal of Acta Materialia, providing a forum for the rapid publication of short communications on the relationship between the structure and the properties of inorganic materials.

Natasha Vermaak

Natasha Vermaak, assistant professor, mechanical engineering and mechanics

Ganesh Balasubramanian

Ganesh Balasubramanian, assistant professor, mechanical engineering and mechanics