Professor Sehitoglu received the ASME Honorary Member Award in 2022.The citation states “You have been selected for outstanding contributions in mechanical engineering and materials science, particularly in the area of fatigue of materials, and for lifelong engagement with ASME and the mechanical engineering community.”

Professor Sehitoglu received the prestigious TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) Morris Cohen Award for 2022. This is considered one of the highest society awards given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions  to the area of material properties. The citation reads” for outstanding lifelong contributions to the understanding of the fatigue of metals”. The award ceremony will be held at Anaheim, California on March 2, 2022. Prof. Sehitoglu made significant contributions to understanding of fatigue of materials with his early work on thermo-mechanical fatigue relevant to aerospace and railroad industries. Prof. Cohen at MIT worked  extensively on high strength steels which are widely used in railroad applications and advanced the scientific understanding of materials by transforming the field of metallurgy to materials science. Prof. Sehitoglu’s advisor, the late Prof. JoDean Morrow, from our TAM department, was an old colleague of Prof. Morris Cohen, a long time Professor at MIT, sharing similar interests in railroad steels. Prof. Sehitoglu worked for many years on advanced modeling of  stress-strain behavior  and fatigue crack growth in steels (including pearlitic and bainitic alloys) and superalloys (Ni- based) relevant to aerospace industries. These studies stood the test of time as standard references in the field. Starting in the early1990s, and after his stay at the National Science Foundation, Professor Sehitoglu focused on phase transformation in metals. He built one of the most unique high pressure loading apparatus to study the effect of stress states on martensitic transformations. Then, his attention veered towards shape memory alloys, a unique set of materials, that undergo shape change due to phase transformation  under stress or temperature that revert back to their original form when the stress or temperature is removed. The NiTi is the most well known shape memory material used in stents and other biomedical applications. It is the shape memory area where he published key papers on tension-compression asymmetry, non-Schmid response, twinning mechanics explaining many of the behaviors that puzzled other researchers. He graduated many PhD students that are in academic positions as Professors and Department Heads in universities such as Georgia Tech., Duke, Texas A&M, Penn State, Nevada, Clemson, and Purdue in USA, and a number of universities overseas. This is in addition to his former PhD students working as researchers in major automotive and aerospace industries.  Many of these students furthered the field with their own studies in fatigue of materials. Prof. Sehitoglu’s current work continues in the areas of fatigue and shape memory materials with special emphasis on combining ab-initio (atomistic) calculations with the nucleation of slip and migration of twins and phase boundaries.


Professor Huseyin Sehitoglu is the 2021 winner of the Tau BetaPi Daniel Drucker Award in College of Engineering. The award citation is as follows: “This is an annual college-wide competition among distinguished faculty to recognize a faculty member of our College for dedication to academic excellence and exemplary contributions to the understanding of their field. Your extraordinary record of accomplishment, both within and beyond the boundaries of this university, persuaded us that you should receive this award.”

Professor Huseyin Sehitoglu is the winner of the 2020 Khan International Award in the Field of Plasticity.

He was honored at the next meeting of the International Plasticity Conference – the most well-known conference in plasticity – in January 2020, in Rivera Maya, Mexico. The award recognizes “outstanding life-long contributions in the field of plasticity primarily through research contributions.”

The criterion for selection includes 50 percent numerical input based on citations of his/her research papers, plus 50 percent objective input by the committee members.

Sehitoglu, who also holds the title of John, Alice and Sarah Nyquist Chair, has made important contributions to the plasticity of metals, especially on fatigue – the deterioration and failure of materials in cyclic loadings. He and his students have developed some of the most advanced theoretical models for fatigue crack initiation and fatigue crack growth accounting for the microstructure. Recently, he has worked on an important class of shape memory materials that undergo phase transformations and recover their shape upon deformation, and high entropy alloys which exhibit high strength and toughness. He has studied the role of twinning and slip and their interaction in these complex materials.

Sehitoglu’s research group currently includes seven graduate students, a post-doctoral researcher, and a visiting scholar. Notably, he previously won the 2007 Nadai Medal from ASME, and received an honorary doctorate degree in 2018 from Aalto University, Finland. Throughout his career at Illinois, he has supervised 31 MS and 34 PhD students, 14 are now in academic positions.

The Aalto University schools of technology  conferred honorary doctorates on seven eminent persons in the fields of science, technology and architecture. Please see http://www.aalto.fi/en/current/news/2018-05-15-004/. Professor Sehitoglu received  an honorary doctorate from Aalto University, Finland in June 2018.

Professor Sehitoglu is awarded the DVM Honorary Membership, 2017. The DVM (Deutscher Verband für Materialforschung und –prüfung e.V. ) stands for  German Association for Materials Research and Testing e.V. The list of Honorary Members is published  here and the award was presented to Prof. Sehitoglu during the LCF8 (Low Cycle Fatigue Conference in June 2017). 

Professor Sehitoglu is the Editor-in-Chief of a new journal called Shape Memory and Superelasticity published under the aegis of ASM/SMST (American Society of Metals/Shape Memory and Superelasticity Technologies) by Springer. The first issue appeared  on April 2015. The journal website is :www.springer.com/materials/characterization+%26+evaluation/journal/40830. His Editorial can be downloaded  from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40830-015-0001-8

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