Reinhold Dauskardt is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. His research interests involve the mechanical and fracture behavior of advanced material and interface systems. These include thin-film and layered structures for microelectronic and nanoscience applications, composites and bulk metallic glasses, biomaterials, and soft tissues.  His principal activities have concentrated on the fundamental micromechanisms of deformation, adhesion, fracture and subcritical crack-growth behavior in the presence of complex environmental and loading conditions.  Studies include detailed microstructural and mechanical property investigations using high resolution characterization and micromechanical testing techniques. Experimental studies are complimented with a range of multiscale computational activities involving models of deformation, fracture and debonding.

Dauskardt's research includes interaction with a wide range researchers in academia, industry, and clinical practice. He has served as editor for a number of journals and books, published over 150 articles in the scientific literature, and won a number of awards including the U.S. Department of Energy Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment Award in Ceramics and Metallurgy in 1989, the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2002, the ASM International Silver Medal in 2003, and was a 2006 Distinguished Speaker, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University.