Chad Landis earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. He is associate professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics.
He joined The University of Texas at Austin in 2007 after serving on the faculty at Rice University from 2000-2006. In 2002, he received a Faculty Early CAREER Development Award from the National Science Foundation and a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. In 2008, he received the Thomas J. R. Hughes Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Landis’ research deals with the mechanical behavior of materials. He is interested in the behavior of materials that exhibit strong coupling between their mechanical, thermal, electrical and magnetic properties, and more generally microstructural/defect evolution. His research seeks to analytically and computationally model these complex material behaviors. Landis uses theoretical and computational techniques to investigate the behavior of nano- to micro-scale material defect interactions and large-scale actuator and sensor devices. He is currently investigating the domain switching and phase transformations that occur in ferroelectric ceramics and ferromagnetic shape memory alloys. These materials have a wide range of applications including sonar, structural health monitoring, non-volatile random access memory and energy harvesting.
Landis also studies crack propagation in brittle materials with applications to hydraulic fracturing.