Physics Colloquium Features Dr. Art Evans, CTO Multiscale Systems

Dr. Art Evans, CTO Multiscale Systems

Event Details

Dr. Art Evans’ presentation explores the transition from physics to executive leadership. It emphasizes the importance of a physics background in solving engineering problems, using examples like thermoplastic composites and nickel superalloy welding. It highlights that physics knowledge connects complex concepts, demonstrating its adaptability and relevance in today’s engineering challenges.

Topic: Academic alchemy and industrial innovation: transmuting journal papers into engineering solutions

Date: Friday, Nov. 17, 2023

Time: 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Venue: McLane Building, Room 16

Here’s the full abstract

What separates physics from engineering, and how can academic insights be transformed into “real-world” solutions? More importantly, why would one embark on such a journey? This talk will dissect elements of my unconventional transition from physicist to C-suite executive, demonstrating how a foundation in fundamental physics provides unique and invaluable insights into solving engineering problems. 

Although I will specifically discuss the physics underlying thermoplastic composites and the welding of nickel superalloys, my primary thesis is that physics knowledge is less about particular subject matter expertise and more about the ability to connect complex, dissimilar concepts. Ideally, attendees will leave with a renewed appreciation for the adaptability and applicability of a physics background in addressing the complex problems facing today’s engineering industries.

About Dr. Evans (Source: Multiscale Systems website)
Art leads technology development and research projects as Multiscale Systems CTO and Research Director. His years of studies into quantitative research in geometric mechanics and fluid-structure interactions make him uniquely qualified to manage our technology portfolio and translate theoretical concepts into real-world applications.

  • Van Vleck Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Mathematics & Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Fellow
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UMass Amherst
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA
  • MS/PhD in Physics, UC San Diego
  • BS in Physics, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Additional accomplishments include computational engineering consultant for a biomedical technology startup, dozens of contributed and invited talks at conferences and universities, 20+ peer-reviewed journal papers, a patent, and a book chapter.