• Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (1975) University of California at Berkeley
  • M.S. in Engineering Mechanics (1971) Brown University
  • Diploma of Civil Engineering (1969) National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Academic Appointments

Dr Dafalias is Distinguished Professor of Structural Mechanics and Geo-mechanics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of California at Davis, and Emeritus Professor of Mechanics at the Department of Mechanics of the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

Honours and Awards

2016: Mini-symposium honoring Y.F. Dafalias contributions on “Constitutive Modeling of Engineering Materials”, 2016 EMI Intern. Conference, Metz, France, EMI, ASCE Eng. Mechanics.

2015: Elected Fellow of ASCE

2015: Best paper prize published in 2014 in Acta Geotechnica, for the paper “Experimental investigation of shear strength of sands with inherent fabric anisotropy”, Acta Geotechnica, 9, 257-275, 2014, by Z. Tong, P. Fu, S. Zhou and Y.F. Dafalias

2014: Elected Fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of ASCE

2014: Osterberg Seminar, Northwestern University: “Critical State Soil Mechanics: is it a Complete Theory?”

2012: Norman Medal, ASCE, for the paper “SANISTEEL: Simple anisotropic steel plasticity model”, J. Structural Engineering, ASCE, 137(2), 185-194, 2011. It is the highest publication award among all papers published in all ASCE Journals in a given year.

2012: Nathan M. Newmark Medal, Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of ASCE for lifetime achievements, which strengthened the scientific basis of Structural Engineering through contributions in Structural Mechanics, with the latter interpreted broadly to include Continuum Mechanics related to Structural and Geotechnical Engineering.

2012: Raymond D. Mindlin Lecture, Columbia University, sponsored by EMI and Metropolitan Section of ASCE: “Challenging the Paradigm of Critical State Soil Mechanics: The Role of Fabric”

2012: FP7_IDEAS Advanced Grant Award of 1.9 million euro from the European Research Council; IDEAS advanced grants are given only to top researchers in Europe.

2005: Symposium dedicated to contributions of Y. F. Dafalias in Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics Division of ASCE, Baton Rouge, in Conference sponsored jointly by ASCE, ASME and SES.

1991: Foreign Researcher Shield Plate, Japanese Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Eng.

1987: Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, ASCE.

1971-73: H.H. Hilp Fellowship in Engineering, U.C. Berkeley.

1969-70: Brown University Fellowship.

1964-69: State Fellowship, National Technical University of Athens.

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