Matthew R. Begley is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UCSB in 1995, where he developed failure prediction codes for fibrous composites, with an emphasis on high temperature applications. From 1995-1997, Prof. Begley was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. During this time, he worked on the thermomechanical performance of multilayered systems, with an emphasis on material behavior at small scales and the reliability of multifunctional coatings. Prof. Begley joined UCSB in 2010, following faculty positions at the University of Connecticut (1997-2001) and the University of Virginia (2001-2009). While at UVA, his research focus shifted to the intersection of mechanics and chemistry, notably the development of microfluidic point-of-care devices and the structure-property relations of nano-porous metals. Since joining UCSB, Prof. Begley has expanded his research program into bio-inspired composite materials, with an emphasis on high performance materials for energy-dispersive systems and multifunctional layered coatings.
Phone: (805) 679-1122
Email: begley [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
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