DAVIS, Calif.; December 2, 2016–Professor Jeffery C. Gibeling’s appointment as the new Chair of the UC Davis Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Davis began December 1, 2016 and is effective through June 30, 2020.
Professor Gibeling’s teaching and research interests are in the area of mechanical behavior of materials, including the study of fundamental deformation mechanisms, high temperature creep deformation, fracture and fatigue. He studies these phenomena in a wide variety of materials, including metals, metal matrix composites, layered materials and cortical bone. Professor Gibeling is nationally and internationally recognized for developing new techniques for high-precision measurements of the mechanical response of materials to applied stresses in order to better understand the fundamental atomic-level processes controlling deformation.
From 2002 to 2016, Professor Gibeling served as Vice Provost – Graduate Education and Dean – Graduate Studies at UC Davis, where he was responsible for the administration of 90 graduate degree programs. In his role as Vice Provost and Dean, Professor Gibeling provided national and international leadership for graduate education issues. Prior to being appointed Vice Provost and Dean, Professor Gibeling served in other leadership roles including Chair of the UC Davis Academic Senate and Executive Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
Professor Gibeling began his career at UC Davis in 1984 as an assistant professor of materials science and engineering. Before joining UC Davis, he worked as an acting assistant professor and senior research associate at Stanford University from 1979 through 1984. He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 publications on the mechanical properties of materials and has guided the thesis and dissertation work of 25 graduate students. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, all from Stanford University.