Michael I. Baskes, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, is joining the faculty of Mississippi State’s Bagley College of Engineering. Baskes is a professor of aerospace engineering who also will be a special assistant to dean Achille Messac.
Baskes was elected to NAE in 2012 for his contributions to materials engineering, including his metal and alloy structures and property prediction methods. He holds Fellow status with the national lab, as well as with the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society and Institute of Physics. He is credited with development of the Embedded Atom Method, a standard mode of calculation for complex applications in materials science. He also created atomistic models to predict the behavior of helium in metals and established a model to explain hydrogen isotope recombination, which is used in work with fusion reactors.
Baskes is the author of more than 235 journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings that have been cited more than 15,000 times in other scientific works. A report on EAM ranks as his most cited work with 3,300 entries. Three others have 1,500 citations each. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences Hall of Fame and twice has earned the division’s award for sustained outstanding research.