Paulino Receives American Society of Civil Engineers Mindlin Medal

Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Raymond Allen Jones Chair Glaucio Paulino looks leftward and smiles. (Photo: Rob Felt)

Glaucio Paulino, Raymond Allen Jones Chair and professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has received the Raymond D. Mindlin Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers in recognition of his pioneering research contributions to the field of mechanics.

He is the first professor from the Georgia Tech to receive this award.

Paulino’s research includes geometric mechanics associated to origami and tensegrity engineering. His work has led to the creation of multifunctional structures and configurational metamaterials with unprecedented properties.

“I was humbled and surprised to receive the award,” said Paulino. “Raymond Mindlin was a giant in the field of mechanics — he made seminal contributions to many branches of applied mechanics, applied physics, and engineering sciences. I have a special spot for Mindlin in my scientific heart, as some of my early papers were based on his work.”

“Professor Paulino has made numerous seminal contributions in a variety of areas in the mechanics and physics of solids and structures, including geometric mechanics associated to origami engineering,” said Don Webster, the Karen and John Huff School Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “His contributions are marked by an ability to identify interesting and important problems and develop a research program with a creative, unique approach to the challenge.”  

Paulino’s work on topology optimization and origami engineering has attracted national attention and appeared in prestigious journals. In 2019, Paulino was elected an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow and in 2014, he received the society’s Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Division Award. He’s also a fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics and the Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.