Norman Dowling

Professor Emeritus

Phone: (540) 231-5399

Depts. of Materials Science Eng (MC 0237) & Biomedical Eng. & Mechanics Holden Hall, Room 208, Virginia Tech 445 Old Turner Street Blacksburg, VA 24061


Fatigue, fracture, and deformation of structural components and materials, including the effects of notches, cracks and plasticity. Combined statistical and deterministic characterization of mechanical loading, and life prediction for complex loading histories. Biomechanics and biomaterials.


  • 1972: Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 1968: B.S.,Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 1967: B.S., Civil engineering (Structures), Clemson University

Honors and Awards

  • 2004:    ASTM International, Fatigue Achievement Award, ASTM Committee E-08 on Fatigue and Fracture
  • 2003:    Editorial Board of The Journal of ASTM International, Section 1: Materials Performance and Characterization, 2003 to present.
  • 2000:    Editorial Review Board of Practical Failure Analysis, journal pub. by ASM International, Materials Park, OH, 2000 to present.
  • 1999:    American Society for Testing and Materials, Jerry R. Swedlow Lecture and Paper, keynote paper at the 31st National Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics


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