Pedro Peralta received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, Venezuela) in 1989, his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in 1994 and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 1996, both from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1996 to 1998 he was a Director Funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Materials Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). In 1998 he joined the faculty in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Arizona State University (ASU). He is currently a Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace and Materials Engineering at ASU and a visiting scientist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at LANL. His research focuses on experiments and modeling of microstructure effects on shock loading, fatigue and creep of metals and ceramics. Prof. Peralta received an NSF CAREER award in 2000 for research on fatigue crack propagation and the Orr award from ASME in 2005 for best paper on fatigue and fracture in the Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology. He is a member of ASME, TMS and USACM.
Pedro Peralta has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, and received both his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his Ph.D. in 1996, he was a Director-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Materials Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Mechanics of materials, fatigue and fracture of metallic alloys, dynamic and shock loading of metallic and intermetallic materials with emphasis on effects of anisotropy and grain boundaries on mechanical behavior and failure.
- Aerospace Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Materials Science & Engineering
Honors and Awards
- NSF CAREER Award, 2000
- Orr Award (ASME), 2005