Dr. Ephrahim Garcia was a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Cornell University, where he was the Director of Graduate Studies for the field of Aerospace Engineering. His expertise was in areas of dynamics, controls and smart materials, and the development of sensors and actuators with applications to robotics, energy harvesting, MEMs and bio-inspired machines.
Dr. Garcia served as a Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1998 to 2002. His programs involved smart materials and structures, morphing aircraft and exoskeletons. From 1991 to 1998, Dr. Garcia was an Assist./Assoc. Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University where he was 1st Director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics.
From 1991-97, he owned and operated a small tech business (now called Dynamic Structures and Materials, LLC) that designs and fabricates smart material based actuators. Dr. Garcia received the ONR Young Investigator award and was named an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow by President Clinton.
Dr. Garcia authored more than 275 articles, book chapters, edited volumes, and books. In 2002, Professor Garcia received the prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Adaptive Structures Prize for “significant contributions to the sciences and technologies associated with adaptive structures and/or materials systems.”
From 2006 until his death, he served as Editor-in-Chief to the Smart Materials and Structure Journal. He also served as Chair of Mechanical Sciences on the Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board for National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Garcia was a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.