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Dr. Leslie Banks-Sills

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Professor Emerita

Tell us about your background: 
Born in New York, April 10, 1944. Attended Queens College, City University of NY, 1960-1965, B.A. Received M.Sc. in Applied Mechanics from the University of Michigan, 1971-1973; Ph.D. in Engineering from Harvard University, 1973-1978; post-doc, Brown University, 1978-1979.
On the staff of Tel Aviv University from 1980; Belfer Chair of Mechanics and Biomechanics (2006-2014), currently Professor Emerita. Spent time as a visitor at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; the Nuclear Research Center at Karlsruhe, Germany; Cornell University, NY (Adjunct Professor); Lund University, Sweden (Lise Meitner Chair); Kyoto University, (fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Japan; University of Brescia, Italy.
Editorial boards of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, International Journal of Fracture, International Journal of Structural Integrity; past member of Strain board (2006-2015). President of the European Society for Structural Integrity (ESIS) (2010-2018); Vice President of the European Society of Experimental Mechanics (EuraSEM) (from 2008); member of the Executive Committee of the Congress Committee of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (from 2016); Treasurer of the International Congress of Fracture (ICF) (from 2017);
Awards have included: Teaching Excellence Awards, Tel Aviv University (1996, 1999, 2011); Honorary Fellow, International Congress of Fracture (2005); Hanin Prize in Aeronautical Engineering, Israel Aeronautics Conference (2006); Honorary Membership, ESIS (2006); Lise Meitner Chair, Lund University (2006); Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics (2008); Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2009-2010); Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2012); Honorary Doctorate, Lund University (2014); Honorary Member, Italian Fracture Group (2015); ASTM Jerry Swedlow Memorial Lecture (2017).
She has supervised over 50 M.Sc., Ph.D. and post-doctoral students and written over 100 papers in international scientific journals.

Why Engineering?
This is a difficult question for me. I would say, that I got there by chance. I exceled in applied mathematics and most areas of applied mechanics require a strong background in mathematics. Mechanics, and in particular, fracture mechanics is a vibrant field that presents new challenges all the time. In addition, there are many opportunities for carrying out experiments which combine well with theoretical aspects of the field.

My Advice to Young Women:
Find your dream and follow it. Today all avenues are open to women. They just have to be courageous and continue to pursue studies. Juggling career and family is challenging but well worth it

Discover Leslie's Work: 

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Interface Fracture and Delaminations in Composite Materials (Leslie Banks-Sills, Springer, 2018). 

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Advances in Mathematical Modeling and Experimental Methods for Materials and Structures (Edited Volume, Springer, 2009)

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Virtual crack closure technique for an interface crack between two transversely isotropic materials (in the International Journal of Fracture, 2017)

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