Nanomechanics' Oliver Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Warren Oliver, PhD, the President of Nanomechanics has been named a newly elected member of the National Academy of Engineering

Mar 11, 2016, 07:05 ET from Nanomechanics, Inc.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nanomechanics, Inc. founder and president Warren Oliver, PhD, has been awarded one of the highest professional distinctions in the engineering industry, election to the National Academy of Engineering. Oliver was elected "for contributions to the development and commercialization of nanomechanical testing technology," according to the NAE. He is one of 80 new members and 22 foreign members elected this year.

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"I am greatly honored to receive recognition from the National Academy of Engineering," said Oliver. "It confirms the value this work holds to our industry and society, and it validates the profound impact on all fields of materials research where mechanical behavior is important."

Oliver's research at Stanford University, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and in his role as President of Nanomechanics, focuses on small-scale mechanical testing, with an eye on developing better, faster and cheaper ways to test materials at the nano- and micro-levels. Oliver holds 14 patents and has published more than 250 papers in peer reviewed international journals.

"Nanomechanics is very proud of Dr. Warren's induction into the NAE," said John Swindeman, Nanomechanics CEO. "While working with Dr. Warren for over twenty years, I have been able to witness first-hand how he applies his broad materials science knowledge to specific engineering problems in instrument design and in adapting the equipment to new materials science challenges. As both a consummate scientist and an exceptional engineer, he has demonstrated a remarkable grasp of the behavior of materials at the nanometer scale and the design and control of instrumentation necessary to interact with that material."

Oliver served as a research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was responsible for the development of alloys for high-temperature structural applications, as well as the mechanical properties microprobe. As president and co-founder of Nano Instruments, Inc., he oversaw all research and development. When MTS Corporation acquired Nano Instruments, he became the Vice President, where he managed the Nano Instruments Innovation Center. There, he also acted as Senior Scientist and General Manager. Since 2009 he has been the President of Nanomechanics, Inc., where his vision guides the research and development of the company's innovative nanomechanical testing technology. Oliver also currently serves an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

In 2010, Oliver and his research partner George Pharr, PhD, won the Innovation in Materials Characterization Award (IMCA) from the Materials Research Society, for seminal contributions to the development of the instrumentation and analysis methods of nanoindentation for characterizing the mechanical properties of materials at the micrometer- and nanometer-length scales. Oliver is an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

About the National Academy of Engineers
Founded in 1964, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Its mission is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

About Nanomechanics, Inc.
Nanomechanics Inc., was developed by scientists and engineers with unparalleled expertise in materials science, precision mechanical design and advanced instrumentation software. Over the last 20 years, Nanomechanics has remained at the forefront of nanoscale mechanical testing technology. With decades of experience in the fields of nanomechanics and advanced instrumentation in OEM products and custom solutions, Nanomechanics Inc., strives to provide high performance modular devices and software that are designed for precision and ease-of use by the end user. To learn more about what Nanomechanics Inc., is doing worldwide, please visit or contact us at info (at) nanomechanicsinc (dot) com.

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