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Anderson named Fellow of American Physical Society
San Antonio — January 6, 2006 — Dr. Charles E. Anderson Jr., director of the Engineering Dynamics Department in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
The Fellow grade is conferred upon APS members who have made advances in knowledge through original research or made significant contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. Anderson was cited for "his leadership in combining numerical simulations with experimental data to develop advanced models of the response of materials to shock, impact and penetration."
Anderson specializes in modifying and improving the predictive capabilities of large Eulerian and Lagrangian hydrocodes. He has applied these codes to analyses of warhead fragmentation effects, warhead concept development for ballistic missile defense, penetration mechanics, hypervelocity impact and armor/anti-armor impact interactions. More recently, he has been involved in developing and assessing advanced, lightweight armor concepts and weapons effects on next-generation U.S. Navy ships.
He is the 2000 recipient of the Hypervelocity Impact Symposium Distinguished Scientist Award. In 2002, Anderson was appointed to the National Academies' Army Research Lab Technical Assessment Board's Panel on Armor and Armaments. He is also a Senior Institute Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Technology of The University of Texas at Austin and is a regional editor of the International Journal of Impact Engineering.
Anderson holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and master's and doctoral degrees in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of numerous papers and government reports and holds one U.S. Patent.
In addition to APS, Anderson is a member of Sigma Xi, the Association for the Advancement of Science, American Ceramics Society and Hypervelocity Impact Society.
Editors: A photo of Charles E. Anderson Jr. is available at http://www.swri.org/press/2005/chasanderson.htm
For more information, contact Deborah S. Deffenbaugh, Communications Department, (210) 522-2046, Southwest Research Institute, PO Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510.