Aerospace & Mechanical

Terence G. Langdon

University of Southern California
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Los Angeles, California 90089-1453

Office: ZHS 105
Tel. (213) 740-0491
Fax. (213) 740-8071

Academic rank: Emeritus Professor


1965 Ph.D. Physical Metallurgy, Imperial College, University of London, U.K.
1961 B.Sc. Physics with Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of Bristol, U.K.

USC Academic Positions:

2013-: Professor Emeritus, Departments of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Earth Sciences, University of Southern California
2003-2012: William E. Leonhard Professor of Engineering, University of Southern California
2000-2012: Professor, Departments of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Earth Sciences, University of Southern California
1988-90: Chairman, Department of Materials Science, University of Southern California
1976: Professor, Departments of Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Southern California
1971: Associate Professor, Departments of Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California

Other Professional Positions:

1969-71: Research Associate, Department of Metallurgy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
1968-69: Research Fellow, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, England
1967-68: Visiting Scientist, Edgar C. Bain Laboratory for Fundamental Research, U.S. Steel Corporation, Monroeville, Pennsylvania
1965-67: Research Metallurgist, Inorganic Materials Research Division, Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California

Research Interests:

Mechanical properties of metals and ceramics, creep, superplasticity, processing and properties of ultrafine-grained materials, severe plastic deformation

Concurrent appointments:

2005-: Research Professor of Materials Science, School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, U.K.
2001-: Visiting Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
2001-2005: Visiting Professor, School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, U.K.
1998: Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, Danish Technical University, Lyngby, Denmark
1997: Visiting Senior Fellow, International Center for Advanced Studies, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
1991: JSPS Senior Fellow, Department of Materials Science and Technology, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
1984: Professor and Chairman, School of Metallurgy, University of New South Wales, Australia
1984: Visiting Scientist, Metallurgy Department, Risø National Laboratory, Roskilde, Denmark
1981: Visiting Professor, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
1977-78: Visiting Professor, Department of Metallurgy, University of Melbourne, Australia

Professional Societies:

The Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., Fellow (FREng)
Academia Europaea, Fellow
European Academy of Sciences, Fellow
Academy of Sciences of the Bashkortostan Republic (Russia), Foreign Member
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
The American Ceramic Society, Fellow
ASM International, Fellow
The Materials Research Society, Fellow
The Institute of Physics, Fellow
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Fellow
The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, Fellow
The Japan Institute of Metals, Honorary Member
The American Geophysical Union, Life Member
The American Institute of Physics, Member
The National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, Member

Professional registration:

2004-: C.Sci. - Chartered Scientist, U.K.
1985-: C.Phys. - Chartered Physicist, U.K.
1978-: C.Eng. - Chartered Engineer, U.K.

Honors and Awards:

2015: Friend of the Faculty Award, Faculty of Material Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw
2013: USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award
2012: Acta Materialia Gold Medal
2011: NanoSPD Achievement Award, NanoSPD International Conferences
2009: Honorary Medal "De Scientia et Humanitate Optime Meritis," Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
2009: Memorial Medal of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague
2009: Bulk Nanostructured Materials Honours Award, Congress on Nanotechnologies
2009: Lee Hsun Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2008: Blaise Pascal Medal in Material Science, European Academy of Sciences
2007: Albert Sauveur Achievement Award, ASM International
2006: THERMEC Distinguished Award, THERMEC International Conferences
2005: Somiya Award, International Union of Materials Research Societies
2005: Structural Materials Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, TMS
2004: USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarhip
2003: Doctor honoris causa, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
2000: Henry Marion Howe Medal, ASM International
1980: D.Sc., Physics, University of Bristol, U.K.

Current editorial appointments:

2014-: International Advisory Editor, Journal of Materials Research and Technology
2012-: Editorial Board, Journal of Materials Research and Technology
2012-: Advisory Committee, Journal of Forming Processes
2012-: Advisory Board, Materials Research Letters
2011-: Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Ultrafine-Grained and Nanostructured Materials
2010-: Editorial Advisory Board, Scientia Nanotechnology
2009-: Editorial Advisory Board, Iranian Journal of Science and Technology
2006-: International Editorial Board, Reviews on Advanced Materials Science
2004-: Editorial Advisory Board, Materials Science and Engineering A
1996-: Editorial Board, Materials Science Forum
1978-: Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Materials Science


For a list of publications and citations:

Scientific ranking:

Ranked by ISI (Institute for Scientific Information, Philadelphia, PA) as #3 world-wide for total numbers of High Impact Papers published in Materials Science during the period 1981-2001, where High Impact Papers are defined as the 200 most cited papers in Materials Science for each separate year

Ranked by ISI as #2 world-wide out of 3123 materials scientists for publishing in Materials Science based on the numbers of citations received for papers published during the period 1996-2006.

Listed by Thomson Reuters/ISI in the 2014 Highly Cited Researchers List based on citations received for publications during the 11-year period from January 2002 to December 2012.

Number of papers in peer-reviewed journals: >900

Total number of citations: >37,000

Listed on the internet website for Highly Cited Researchers under the subject category of Materials Science (

Value of h-index: 98(Web of Science), 98 (Scopus), 107 (Google Scholar)

Summary of Major Achievements:

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Terence G. Langdon