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Leslie Bank-Sills

Leslie Banks Sills

Dreszer Fracture Mechanics Laboratory, School of Mechanical Engineering, Tel Aviv University

Leslie Banks-Sills is a Professor Emerita at Tel Aviv University.  She serves on the editorial boards of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, International Journal of Fracture, International Journal of Structural Integrity and Engineering Failure Analysis.  Among the awards she has received is the Teaching Excellence Award in Mechanical Engineering in 1999, an Honorary Doctorate from Lund University in 2014, a Life-time Achievement Award from EuraSEM in 2018 and the Griffith Medal from ESIS in 2020. 

Her research interests include the use of analytical, numerical and experimental methods to treat fracture problems which include homogeneous materials, bonds, interfaces and composites.  In particular, recently she and her group have been examining the propagation of delaminations in cross-ply and woven composites.  She has participated in over 100 international conferences and been on the scientific committees of many of them.  She has guided over 50 Master’s, Ph.D. and post-doctoral students many of whom hold key positions in academia and industry.  She has published over 120 papers in international journals and two books.  The last is Interface Fracture and Delaminations in Composite Material.  Springer, the Netherlands (2018).  In Google Scholar, she has 4538 citations and an h-index of 39.  

From 2008 until 2016, she was a member of the Congress Committee of IUTAM (International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics); she was elected to the Executive Committee of the Congress Committee in 2016.  In 2006, she was elected as one of two Vice Presidents of ESIS and served as President from 2010 to 2018.  In addition, she was a Vice President of EuraSEM from 2008 to 2018.  Finally, since 2017, she is the Treasurer of the International Congress on Fracture.