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Prof K Jimmy Hsia 
Vice President (Alumni & International Affairs)
President’s Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Nanyang Technological University

Professor K Jimmy Hsia obtained his B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1982, M.S. degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1984, and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990.  He is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and recipient of NSF Research Initiation Award, Max-Planck Society Scholarship, and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship. Before joining NTU, Prof Hsia was Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Before then he was W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He was a visiting professor at Nagoya University, Japan, a visiting scientist at Max-Planck Institute für Metallforschung in Stuttgart, Germany, and held a Chair Professorship at the Centre for Nano and Micro Mechanics (CNMM) at Tsinghua University, China, and a Guest Professorship in the School of Aerospace Engineering at Zhejiang University, China.

Prof Hsia’s research interest are in fracture mechanics, Mechanical behaviours of materials at micro/nano scales, mechanical behaviours of living systems such as cells and plants, and mechanics of soft materials. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His papers have been featured as cover articles in journals such as PNAS, Advanced Materials, Nano Research, Extreme Mechanics Letters, etc. He has been PI and co-PI of numerous NSF, DOE, and NIH grants, including several large scale, centre-level awards, such as NSF Science & Technology Center (STC), NIH Training Grant, NSF IGERT, and NIH R01.

From 2005-2007, Prof. Hsia served as Founding Director of Nano and Bio Mechanics Program at US National Science Foundation (NSF). From 2009-2013, he was Associate Dean of Graduate College and then Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for New Initiatives at UIUC. At CMU, he held the position of Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy. Hsia has also served in a variety of advisory roles, including as Chair of Board of Visitors for the Mechanical Science Division of US Army Research Office (ARO), Advisory Board member of Key Laboratory on Biomedical Engineering at Zhejiang University, Board of Directors member of CMU-Portugal, and Science & Technology Advisory Board member of Tsinghua-Tel Aviv XIN Research Centre. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of an Elsevier journal, Extreme Mechanics Letters, and Guest Editors for several international journals.
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