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Professor Davidson has been at Syracuse University since 1990. Prior to this, he was with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was principal investigator on a research and technology development program on damage tolerance of composite structures. He has also worked as Project Engineer of the Advanced Structures Group at Rockwell International Space Systems Division, and as a structural designer on the space shuttle orbiter. Dr. Davidson's primary areas of research are fracture mechanics and the mechanics of laminated composite materials. Dr. Davidson holds an M.S. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Dr. Davidson's primary research interests are in the fields of composite materials, fracture mechanics, collaborative design, and design education, with over 100 publications in archival journals and conference proceedings. He has been principal or co-principal investigator on research awards averaging $3M/year for the past 5 years. His research work has been supported by NASA, the FAA, the Empire State Development Corporation (New York State), the AT&T Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, the National Institutes of Health, United Technologies Corporation and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was recently presented with the Composites Award for Outstanding Research Paper by the Institute of Materials.

Barry D. Davidson, bddavids@syr.edu