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Assimina (Mina) Pelegri


Assimina (Mina) Pelegri is a Professor and the Executive Officer/Undergraduate Director of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research interests include composite materials design, experimental and computational interfacial mechanics. With her group she has developed computational neural network multiscale material models for characterization of aerospace composites and ballistic materials. Her models have also found applications in biological fibrous tissues in the fields of traumatic brain injury and degenerative diseases. Pelegri is a fellow of ASME and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. She held the M. W. Railser Distinguished Teaching Chair at Rutgers (2010–2013). She has served as an associate editor for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journal (2009–2012) and the Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology (2004-2010). She is the recipient of the ASME Gold Medal (2002) and an inducted member of the Georgia Institute of Technology Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni (2003). She was selected as the Career Mentor of the Year at Rutgers University (2016) and the School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty (2016).

Pelegri has been heavily involved in ASME and AIAA conference organization, minority committees, technical committees, and the Inter-Sector Committee on Federal Research and Development task force of the ASME Government Relations Board. She has served as the IMECE Technical Program Chair twice and as the Congress General Chair. Currently, she is the Chair of the Engineering Sciences Segment and serves as an associate editor on the editorial board of the ASME Journal of Engineering and Science in Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics. Pelegri has a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece) in Metallurgical Engineering & Solid State Physics and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Aerospace Engineering.