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Michael Falk



  • Higher Ed: Science, Higher Ed: Engineering 


Michael Falk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering with joint appointments in Mechanical Engineering and in Physics and Astronomy. Falk is a Johns Hopkins alumnus, having earned his bachelor's degree in physics and master's degree in computer science before moving to the University of California - Santa Barbara, where he completed his Ph.D. in physics in 1998. After leaving UCSB, Falk was a post-doctoral scholar at Harvard prior to joining the faculty in materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan in 2000. At Michigan, Falk received an NSF CAREER award as well as several awards for teaching and mentoring. He joined the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering in 2008.  


Falk's research emphasizes theoretical and computational investigation of materials processes far from equilibrium. Active areas of research include deformation, failure and fracture in non-crystalline materials such as metallic glasses, interactions of stress and diffusion in semiconductor crystals, and mixing processes that accompany frictional sliding and wear. 


T. Jiang and M.L. Falk, "Calculations of the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of LiV3O8," Physical Review B, Vol. 85, Art. No. 245111 (2012).
U.K. Vempati, P.K. Valavala, M.L. Falk, J. Almer and T.C. Hufnagel, "Length-scale dependence of elastic strain from scattering measurements in metallic glasses," Physical Review B, Vol. 85, Art. No. 214201 (2012).
W.-K. Kim and M.L. Falk, "Role of intermediate states in low-velocity friction between amorphous surfaces," Physical Review B, Vol. 84, Art. No. 165422 (2011).
F. Rizzi, M. Salloum, Y.M. Marzouk, R.-G. Xu, M.L. Falk, G. Fritz, O.M. Knio, "Bayesian Inference of atomic diffusivity in a binary Ni/Al system based on molecular dynamics," Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, Vol. 9, pp. 486-512 (2011).
M.L. Falk and J.S. Langer, "Deformation and Failure of Amorphous Solidlike Materials," Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics Vol. 2, pp. 353-373 (2011) invited.

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