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Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor

Reinhold H. Dauskardt

Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Dept. of Surgery, School of Medicine


Reinhold Dauskardt is the Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and has additional appointments as Professor in Mechanical Engineering, the Biodesign Institute and the Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine.

The underlying theme of his research is to enable innovation and design of high-performance materials and devices by exploiting the fundamental connection between material structure and resulting thermomechanical function and reliability. His research group studies the chemistry and molecular structure of materials in bulk form or thin films and their thermo-mechanical behavior, adhesive and cohesive fracture properties, and behavior under complex loading and environmental conditions. Materials include thin-film and layered structures for nanoscience and energy technologies, high-performance laminates, biomaterials and soft tissues.

Dauskardt and his group have worked extensively on integrating new nano and molecular materials into emerging technologies and pioneered quantitative methods for adhesion and cohesion characterization for which he was awarded the prestigious Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award in 2010 for research which has provided substantive and sustained contributions to semiconductor industry science and technology. His research on soft tissues and wound healing has concentrated on establishing a biomechanics framework to understand and control the biological processes that determine the effects of treatments and exposures on damage processes in human skin for which he was awarded the Henry Maso Award for fundamental contributions to the advancement of cosmetic and skin science, and scar formation in healing cutaneous wounds. Experimental studies are complimented with computational and modeling simulations.

His research includes interaction with a wide range of researchers in academia, research laboratories, industry, and clinical practice. He has served as editor for a number of journals, organized international conferences and symposia, and published over 300 articles in the scientific literature. Dauskardt has contributed significantly to leadership in Stanford’s multidisciplinary materials efforts which spans several departments, schools, and the SSRL. 

Dauskardt has been involved in a range of university academic and materials research leadership roles at Stanford. He is an established international leader in the broader materials and device technical and scientific communities where he has managed several large multidisciplinary research activities. He has served as organizer of a range of international conferences and symposia including the Symposium on Solar Photovoltaics Materials, Manufacturing and Reliability at the upcoming ICMAT2015 Conference in Singapore.


  • H. Maso Award for fundamental contributions to skin science, Int. Fed. Soc. Cos. Chem. (2011)
  • IBM Shared University Research Award (2011)
  • 2010: Semiconductor Industry Assoc. Univ. Researcher Award for substantive contributions to semiconductor industry sci. & tech. (2010)
  • TMS Struct. Mat. Distinguished Scientist Award (2010)
  • Fellow ASM Int. (2010)
  • Fellow Am. Ceram. Soc. (2008)
  • VLSI/ULSI Multilevel Interconnection Int. Conf. Award (2008)
  • Am. Vac. Soc. Thin-Film User Group Special Award (2008)
  • Distinguished Speaker Award, Dept. MSE, Penn State (2006) 
  • IBM Faculty Award, Yorktown Heights (2006)
  • ASM Int. Silver Medal (2003)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2002)
  • U.S. DoE Outstanding Sci. Accomplishment Award (1989)

Advisory Boards

  • National Inst. Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan
  • School of Mat. Sci. Eng. Nanyang Tech. U., Singapore
  • EoPlex Technologies (3-D ceramic-metal devices), Menlo Park, CA
  • Co-founder/Board member, Neodyne Biosystems Inc. (medical devices), Palo Alto, CA


Ph.D, U.C. Berkeley/U. Witwatersrand , 1988
M.Sc., U. Witwatersrand, 1983
B.Sc., U. Witwatersrand, 1980




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