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Iowa State materials researcher elected to European Academy of Sciences and Arts

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The European Academy of Sciences and Arts recently elected Valery Levitas of Iowa State University to membership in its Technical and Environmental Sciences division.

Levitas, an Iowa State Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Murray Harpole Chair in Engineering, is a member of the aerospace engineering department with a partial appointment in mechanical engineering. His research includes studying materials as they’re subject to severe plastic deformations under high pressures. That can produce new and useful basic science and material properties for industrial use.

The European Academy is an international, non-profit based in Salzburg, Austria. It has more than 2,000 members, including 32 Nobel Prize winners. Part of its mission is to “develop a culture of collaboration and building bridges” and to “promote “transnational/interdisciplinary research and produce significant outputs.”

“I was very happy to learn of this honor,” Levitas said. “This is great recognition, and I’m told it is a very selective process, especially for people who aren’t based in Europe.”

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