Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California 92093-0411
Tel: (858) 822-02890; Fax: (858) 534-5698


1989 - Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, Academy of Sciences, Russia
1975 - Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics, Academy of Sciences, Russia
1971 - Diploma with Honors, Department of Physics, Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia.


March 1996 - Present: Professor of Materials Science, University of California, San Diego.

October 1999 - January 2003: Director of UCSD Materials Science and Engineering Program.

March 1994 - March 1996: Visiting Scholar, Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, UCSD.

May 1990 - June 1994: Professor, Chair, "Physics of Continuum", Novosibirsk State University

Nov. 1989 - April 1995: Head of Laboratory, Lavrentyev Institute of Hydrodynamics, Russian Academy of Sciences,

Oct. 1978 - Oct. 1989: Head of Research Department, Special Design Office of High-Rate Hydrodynamics, Russian Academy of Sciences


More than 180 papers, two books and 8 patents.


Strongly nonlinear wave dynamics, shock waves in heterogeneous materials, impact, shear instability
and chemical reactions under dynamic conditions, pressure assisted processing of advanced materials.

Research supported by National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Laboratory,
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Stanford Research International, and von Liebig foundation.


1. Fellow of American Physical Society - 2003
Citation: “For pioneering contribution to strongly nonlinear wave propagation in granular materials, through the discovery of a new solitary wave, and to shock (localized shear) mesomechanics in porous and heterogeneous media.”

2. Tau Beta Pi 2008 Outstanding Professor Award, Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD Citation: “In recognition of exceptional leadership and contribution to education.” (see video below)