Irene J. Beyerlein is the Robert and Victoria Mehrabian Interdisciplinary Professor with a joint appointment in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Departments. After receiving her Ph.D. degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell University in 1997, she began a postdoctoral appointment as a J.R. Oppenheimer Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she remained on the scientific staff in Theoretical Division until 2016. She has published one book, nine book chapters, and more than 400 peer-reviewed articles in the field of structural composites, materials processing, multiscale modeling of microstructure/property relationships, deformation mechanisms, and polycrystalline plasticity. She is an editor for Acta Materialia and Scripta Materialia. She is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society. She has been awarded the Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow’s Prize for Research (2012), the International Plasticity Young Researcher Award (2013), the TMS Distinguished Scientist/Engineering Award (2018), and the Brimacombe Metal (2019).
Beyerlein’s research focuses on multi-scale materials modeling and their application to reveal deformation mechanisms, roles of microstructure and texture, and effects of internal interfaces in the structural response of high-performance materials. Materials of interest include multi-phase heterogeneous microstructures, nanolaminates, multi-principal element alloys, superalloys, and lightweight hexagonal (Ti, Mg, and Zr) alloys.