Ming Dao

Principal Investigator & Director, Nanomechanics Lab
Principal Research Scientist
Materials Science and Engineering


Principal Research Scientist, Dept of Materials Sci & Eng, MIT, Feb. 2011 - present

Principal Investigator, Dept of Materials Sci & Eng, MIT, Oct. 2010 - present

Principal Investigator, Infectious Disease Interdisciplinary Research Group, SMART Center, Oct. 2010 - present

Executive Director, Lab for Micro- & Nano-Mechanics (Nanomechanics Laboratory), MIT, Oct. 2007 - Oct. 2010

Research Scientist, Dept of Materials Sci & Eng, MIT, Mar. 2000 - Jan. 2011

Consultant and Visiting Scientist, Alcoa Technical Center, Pennsylvania, Jan. 2000 - 2004

Review Engineer/Senior Support Engineer, ABAQUS, Inc., Aug. 1998 - Jan. 2000

Project Scientist and Lecturer, Univ of California at San Diego, Dept of Structural Eng., Mar. 1998 - Aug. 1998

Engineering Consultant, Trans Science Corporation, San Diego, California, Dec. 1996 - Aug. 1998

Reviewer for Progress in Materials Science, Blood, Physical Review Letters, Advanced Functional Materials, Biophysical J, J Mech Phys Solids, Acta Mater, Acta Biomater, Scripta Mater, Phil Mag, Phil Mag Lett, J Appl Phys, Int'l J Solids Structures, J Mater Res, J Mater Sci, Composites Sci & Tech, Mech Mater, Int J Plasticity, Mat Sci & Eng A, J Metastable & Nanocrystalline Mater

Reviewer/Panelist for Research Proposals submitted to US National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Energy (DOE), Israel Science Foundation (ISF), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and Georgian Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF)

Current Research Interests:

Biomechanics and Biophysics of the Cell


Nanoscale Properties of Biological Materials

Nanostructured or Amorphous Materials

Nano-Indentation and Micro-Indentation

Surfaces and Thin Films

Functionally Graded Materials


Ph.D. in Materials Science, Univ. of California at San Diego, 1994

M.S. in Materials Science, Univ. of California at San Diego, 1991

B.S. in Eng. Mechanics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), 1989

Honors and Awards:

No. 1 among Top 25 Hottest Articles, April-June 2007, Acta Materialia

Best Paper Award, 2006, Materials Transaction, Japan Institute of Metals

Best Poster Award, 1994, MRS Symposium on High Temperature Ordered Intermetallics Boston, Massachusetts.

Best Graduating Student Award, 1989, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ.

Chinese National Math Competition, 2nd Price, 1984, China.