Professor James Earthman Appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

James Earthman, Ph.D., professor of chemical engineering and materials science and biomedical engineering, has been appointed associate vice chancellor for research by Susan V. Bryant, Ph.D., vice chancellor for research.  Earthman will undertake a variety of projects for the Office of Research, with a special emphasis in the areas of research development and organized research.  He will be chairing the Research Advisory Committee and working with faculty interested in forming new centers and institutes.


Earthman's research activities include studying deformation and damage mechanisms in model and advanced materials.  His work also involves the development and use of computer-based techniques for determining the damping characteristics of biomaterials and mechanical biocompatibility, the corrosion behavior of metals exposed to living cells, and the nondestructive characterization of surface defects in situ. 


He has authored and co-authored more than 100 research publications, including two chapters on biomechanics and materials for tissue engineering.  He is an inventor on five patents, two international patents, and three pending patents.  He has also served as editor for two books in the fields of materials science and biomedical engineering. 


Earthman is active with the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the NationalFuelCellResearchCenter, has been involved with the Academic Senate at UC Irvine, and has served as a campus representative to the university-wide Planning and Budget Committee and Senate Assembly.

He received a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from Rice University in 1980, and master's and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering from Stanford University in 1982 and 1985, respectively.