Paul A. Lagace
Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems Division
areas of expertise: composite materials and their structures, fracture and fatigue (longevity), damage tolerance, safety of aircraft structural systems, manufacturing technology, system engineering, management issues
Paul A. Lagace is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, where he also received his SB, SM and PhD. He is a highly regarded international authority on the response and failure of composite structures and is recognized as a leader for the development of composite structures technology, particularly as related to the safety of aircraft structural systems.
He has more recently pursued work related to broader systems issues, particularly dealing with the use of technology and associated risk. He has frequently served as an advisor and consultant to industry and government agencies on aspects of structural technology and broader engineering systems. He has served as a consultant, expert witness and member of committees and panels in the investigation of accidents and their implications.
He is a member of several societies and national committees, a fellow of the AIAA, the ASC and the ASTM, and has served for a number of years as president of the ICCM (International Committee on Composite Materials), being recognized as a World Fellow of Composites and honorary member of the Executive Council. He is very interested in teaching and advising and has won several teaching awards, including being recognized as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow.
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