About Lawrie Virgin
Lawrie Virgin is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University in North Carolina.
He is a former Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and has been a faculty member at Duke since 1988. Prior to that he received his education in the United Kingdom culminating in a PhD from the University of London (UCL).
His research interests are centered on nonlinear mechanics especially buckling, nonlinear vibration and their interaction. Applications of his research include ship capsize, aeroelasticity, marine risers, rocking blocks, control, sonic fatigue, solar sails and the dynamics of very slender structures. Much of his latest research and teaching has involved 3D-printing.
He was the subject editor for Nonlinear Dynamics for Journal of Sound and Vibration for 10 years. He has written over a hundred and sixty journal papers and authored two books: "Introduction to Experimental Nonlinear Dynamics” (2000) and “Vibration of Axially Loaded Structures” (2007) both published by Cambridge University Press.
The images below represent his background, and can be clicked-on to take you to their sites:
University of Manchester, United Kingdom:
Cardiff University, Wales:
University College London:
University of Illinois:
And yes, apart from Duke basketball (of course):
a bit of a (long suffering) sports fan, specifically
Blue Devils Football: