University of California, Santa Barbara

Faculty Profile

George Robert Odette


Mechanical Engineering

George Robert Odette


UCSB Department of Mechanical Engineering
2343 Engineering II Building
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070

tel: (805) 893-3525
fax: (805) 893-8651

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Research Description

Solid Mechanics, Materials, and Structures: fundamental deformation and fractured mechanisms, mechanics in structural materials, microstructural evolution and property degradation in aggressive environments (aging), structural reliability, and the development of advanced high-performance composites


Professor Odette leads UCSB’s Materials Reliability and Performance Group (MP&RG). The MR&PG is currently composed of 11 researchers including faculty, graduate students, senior scientific staff, post-doctoral researchers and technical support staff. It has been supported by the US NRC and the US DOE as well as a number other organizations, including several in Europe and Asia, at an annual funding level in excess of $1,000,000/year. A major theme of Professor Odette’s research is developing accurate performance predictions and lifetime assessments for materials and structures used for long-term service in hostile environments. Materials age and degrade in these severe environments that are characterized by various combinations of high temperature, stress, fatigue loading, chemically reactive fluids and, in nuclear energy applications, the intense neutron radiation fields found in fission and future fusion reactors. A corollary objective is the development of advanced, high performance structural alloys and composites for advanced energy and aerospace systems. Professor Odette’s research closely integrates state-of-the-art multiscale models with a wide range of experimental studies. The experiments and models link non-equilibrium microstructural evolutions to fundamental mechanisms of deformation and fracture that control a host of engineering properties. Another focus of Professor Odette’s research is developing innovative approaches to small specimen mechanical testing. Professor Odette has authored or co-authored more than 230 technical publications. and is professionaially active as a meeting organizer, in service to journals and as a frequent invited speaker at international scientific symposia. Professor Odette’s honors and awards include an American Nuclear Society (ANS) Distinguished Achievement Award in 1994, the ANS Mishima Award in 1998 in and election as an ANS Fellow in 1998 and a Best Paper Award in 2003


  • Professional Societies ANS, ASME, TMS, ASTM, ASM


  • Best Paper in the Field of Materials Award from the American Nuclear Society, 2003
  • Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, 1998
  • Mishima Award of the American Nuclear Society, 1998
  • Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Nuclear Society, 1993

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