Professor N. Zabaras has been a member of the faculty of Cornell University since 1991 and is the director of the Materials Process Design and Control Laboratory. Zabaras is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and member of the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Mechanics, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. He received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1991.
Professor Zabaras' research group performs applied and basic research in the interface of computational mathematics and materials. His main research focus is on multiscale modeling of materials (from ab initio to continuum) and multiscale design of materials processes for control of microstructure-sensitive properties. Emphasis of recent work is in quantifying and controlling uncertainty propagation in materials across scales. For achieving these objectives, his laboratory is developing a variety of mathematical and statistical computational tools that include multiscale and multiphysics materials simulators, homogenization techniques, machine learning techniques for exploring large multiscale material databases, level set and phase field methods, techniques for modeling stochastic PDEs in high-dimensions, Bayesian inference approaches and non-linear model reduction algorithms.