By Kyra Arena, Written Communications Assistant
Professor Xueju (Sophie) Wang recently won the Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award. The YIA is sponsored by Elsevier to honor the best paper by a young scientist which has been published by the journal EML. The YIA honor is bestowed annually to the corresponding author(s) of the paper who received her/his Ph.D. within 10 years of the award. EML is a journal that focuses on the role of mechanics in various fields such as materials science, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, and engineering, with a particular emphasis on the originality, depth, and impact of new concepts and observations in applied sciences. Wang is one of just four 2022 winners.
Wang’s paper titled “Reconfiguration of multistable 3D ferromagnetic mesostructures guided by energy landscape surveys” fits perfectly in the scope of this emerging journal focused on the mechanics of functional materials and structures. The paper was recognized for presenting a comprehensive experimental and theoretical study on highly nonlinear, multistable three-dimensional magnetic structures. It explored ways to control their multistable states and least energy reconfiguration paths. The findings are an important step towards the development of reconfigurable structures for a variety of applications, such as soft robotics and multifunctional deployable devices.
Professor Wang is currently an Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include stimuli-responsive materials and multifunctional structures for applications ranging from soft robotics to bio-integrated electronics, which combines elements of mechanics and multiple scientific fields. In addition to the EML Young Investigator Award, Wang has also received the NSF CAREER Award, NIH Trailblazer Award, ASME Orr Early CAREER Award and PMSE Young Investigator Award for her contributions to the field of research.