Jacobs School of Engineering

Juan C. Lasheras

Juan C. Lasheras

Stanford and Beverly Penner Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Bioengineering

Director of the Center for Medical Devices and Instrumentation

University of California, San Diego

Phone: (858) 534-5437 / (858) 534-3959
Fax: (858) 534-7599

An aeronautical engineer by training, Professor Lasheras conducts laboratory and mathematical modeling of solid and fluid mechanics relevant to a wide range of applications spanning from naval hydrodynamics to propulsion and vascular hemodynamics. He has done extensive work on turbulence, two-phase flows, and reacting flows. His current work on biomedical applications includes funded research projects in drug delivery systems, vascular hemodynamics, the mechanics of cell migration, mechano-transduction and remodeling of endothelial cells, the biochemical pathways regulating the mechanics of cancer cell invasions, and the spatial-temporal distribution of traction forces exerted by amoeboid cells during migration. In addition to his basic sciences work, Lasheras has led the design of novel medical devices and medical instruments. He is author or co-author of 46 US patents that have been used in the designs of innovative medical instruments currently being used as standards of care in neurosurgery in many medical centers throughout the US and abroad.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, 1981,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Master of Science, 1979,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Ingeniero Superior Aeronáutico (BS/MS), 1975,
E.T.S. Ingenieros Aeronáuticos,
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Professional Experience

2007 – Present
Stanford S. and Beverly P. Penner Distinguished Chair Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
University of California, San Diego.

2012 – 2013
Interim Dean. Jacobs School of Engineering.
University of California, San Diego.

2009 – Present
Director of the Center for Medical Devices and Instrumentation.
Institute of Engineering in Medicine.
University of California, San Diego.

2008 – Present
Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering (Affiliate).
University of California, San Diego.

2007 – Present
Distinguished Professor of Engineering.
University of California, San Diego.

1999 – 2004
Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
University of California, San Diego.

1991 – 1998
Professor and Vice-Chair of the Division of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences (AMES).
University of California, San Diego.

1997 – 2007
Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor, INNERCOOL Therapies. San Diego. California.

1991, 1995
Professeur Associe. Institut de Mechanique de Grenoble.
Universite J. Fourier. Grenoble I, France.

1988 – 1991
Associate Professor.
Department of Mechanical Engineering.
University of Southern California. Los Angeles, California.

1983 – 1988
Assistant Professor.
Department of Mechanical Engineering.
University of Southern California. Los Angeles, California.

1982 – 1983
Senior Research Scientist.
Koninklijke/Shell - Laboratorium - Amsterdam (Royal-Dutch/Shell - Laboratory - Amsterdam).
Shell International Research B.V. Bathuisweg 3, 1003 AA Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1976 – 1977
Profesor Adjunto Interino (Lecturer).
E.T.S. Ingenieros Aeronáuticos.
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.

1975 – 1976
2nd Lieutenant.  Air Force of Spain.

1970 – 1975
Director. Academia Lasheras. San Javier, Murcia, Spain.

Professional Distinctions and Awards

2016
Distinguished Visiting Professor. Tsinghua University. Pekin. China

2014
Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors of the USA

2013 – 15
Chair of Excellence Professorship. Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

2012/13
Invited to deliver the 2012/13 Distinguished Midwest Mechanics Seminar Series at 10 leading Midwest Universities: The University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

2012
Chairman of the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society/DFD. San Diego, CA. November 2012.

2012
Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering of the USA

2011
Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctor Degree). Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. October 3rd, 2011.

2011
Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctor Degree). Universidad Carlos III. Madrid, Spain. January 29th, 2011.

2010 – 2011
Chairman of the American Physical Society/Division of Fluid Dynamics.

2010
Director's Award for Exemplary Service to the Nation. 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response. United States Geological Service (USGS)

2007 – 2010
Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Universidad Carlos III. Madrid, Spain

2009
Chair-Elected of the American Physical Society/Division of Fluid Dynamics.

2008
Elected Vice-Chair of the American Physical Society/Division of Fluid Dynamics.

2003
Breakthrough Innovation in Medical Sciences Award. Given by BIOCOM and BIOSECTOR of Southern California. (InnerCool Therapies) (shared with Michael Magers)

2000
Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

1999
Elected Member of the Real Academia de Ingeniería de España (Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain).

1997 – 2000
Elected Secretary/Treasurer of the American Physical Society/Division of Fluid Dynamics.

1997 – 2000
Elected member of the council of the American Physical Society/Division of Fluid Dynamics.

1995, 1996, 1998, 2000
Best Teacher of the Year Award in Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego.

1994
School of Engineering Annual Teaching Award. Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. University of California, San Diego.

1990
F.N. Frenkiel Award for Fluid Dynamics. American Physical Society. (shared with B.J. Lázaro)

1980 – 1981
George Van Ness-Lothrop Fellowship.

1977 – 78, 1978 – 79
Guggenheim Fellowship.

Memberships

2014 – Present
Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) of the USA

2012 – Present
Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of the USA.

1999 – Present
American Biophysics Society.

1999 – Present
Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain (Real Academia de Ingeniería de España)

1983 – Present
Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

1983 – Present
American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

1977 – Present
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

1977 – Present
The Combustion Institute.

Current Editorial Boards

2015
Guest Editor. PLOS Computational Biology.

2013 – 2015
Guest Editor. Proc. of the Nat. Academy of Sciences of the USA.

2013 – 2017
Review of Scientific Instruments. Editorial Board.

2012
Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics. Editorial Board.

2012 – Present
Journal of Fluid Mechanics. Associate Editor.

2010 – Present
Physical Review X. Editorial Board.

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