Provost Enrique Lavernia Short Biography

Enrique J. Lavernia

Enrique Lavernia short bioDr. Enrique J. Lavernia is Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for the University of California, Irvine and Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

He was recognized with the 2020 Acta Materialia Gold Medal Award. In 2019, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Science in Technology from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. In 2018, he received the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award by the National Engineers’ Council. Dr. Lavernia became a member of the National Academy of Inventors in 2017.

In 2016, he received the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award as well as the TMS Leadership Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. In 2015, he was inducted into the Hispanic Hall of Fame by the HEENAC Great Minds in STEM. He was awarded the TMS Fellows Award for the Class of 2014 by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. In 2013, Dr. Lavernia was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, was named a recipient of the Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship and received the ASM International Gold Medal Award.

He is a fellow of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, the Materials Research Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and ASM International. Dr. Lavernia has published more than 600 journal and 200 conference publications and been awarded 11 patents. His research interests include the synthesis and behavior of nanostructured and multi-scale materials with particular emphasis on processing fundamentals and physical behavior. He earned a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.