H. Thomas Hahn

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   Raytheon Distinguished Professor
†† Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Dept.
   Materials Science & Engineering Dept.
†† California NanoSystems Institute
   Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Composite Materials
   48-121G Engineering IV
   Los Angeles, CA 90095-1597
   310 825 2383 (V), 310 206 4830 (F)


Dr. Hahn is the Raytheon Distinguished Professor of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department with a joint appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Departmen and the California NanoSystems Institute.  He also serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Composite Materials.   

Dr. Hahnís research interests cover a wide spectrum of composites technology ranging from design and analysis to processing and manufacturing. The current research focus is on multifunctional polymer nanocomposites. His work in composites started in 1972 when he was with the Air Force Materials Laboratory. Before joining the UCLA faculty in 1992, he was the Harry and Arlene Schell Professor at Penn State. Other previous experiences include a professorship at Washington University in St. Louis and research positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of Dayton Research Institute.  He served as an IPA/Program Manager of the Mechanics of Materials and Devices Program at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research from 1999 till 2001, and as chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department between 2002 and 2006.

Dr. Hahn is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow of the American Society for Composites, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea.  He is the recipient of a 1991 Outstanding Research Award from the Penn State Engineering Society, the 1996 Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials from the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials, the 1998 Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award from Pi Tau Sigma and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the 1999 Ho-Am Prize for Engineering from the Ho-Am Foundation, the 1999 Technomic Award for Excellence in Composites from the American Society for Composites, and a 2000 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the Seoul National University.  In 2006 he was designated as a Centennial Fellow of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State University, and received the Faculty/Staff Partnership Award at UCLA.He was president of the American Society for Composites, 1996-1997, and president of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association, 1999-2000.  He is the current president of the International Committee on Composite Materials for the 2005-2007 term.

Dr. Hahn has a B.S. (64) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, and M.S. (68) and Ph.D. (71) degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Penn State University.