2005 Honorary Degree
Ali S. Argon
Ali S. Argon has distinguished himself as one of the world's foremost experts in the research and understanding of mechanical behavior of engineering materials.
He is currently a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and lives in Belmont, Mass.
Born and raised in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey, Argon came to Purdue in the late 1940s and earned his bachelor of science degree in 1952 before going to MIT to earn his master's degree in 1953 and a doctorate in 1956.
After two years in private business and two years of military duty with the Turkish Army Ordnance Corps in Ankara, Argon returned to MIT in 1960 and has been a fixture in mechanical engineering there since, except for three visiting professorship or visiting scientist appointments at the University of Leeds in England, the University of Göttingen in Germany and Stanford University in California.
Argon is recognized worldwide as an authority on the mechanical behavior of engineering solids. In particular, he is considered an expert on the mechanisms of inelastic deformation and fracture. His professional research experience has covered a wide range of materials, including metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers and composites. His research contributions have been characterized by their innovative measurement techniques for experimentally understanding the microscopic mechanisms underlying the strength and failure of various engineering materials.
His research results have been published in principal technical journals, conference proceedings and books. He has been published in more than 350 journals and articles, and he has written two books and edited three others. His top 30 journal publications have been cited more than 4,000 times.
Argon has been a technical committee member of the National Science Foundation, National Research Council, National Materials Advisory Board and the National Academy of Sciences/National Academy of Engineering. He also has served as chairman of several of these technical committees and has served for three years on the external evaluation panel for the Purdue mechanical engineering faculty research award.