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Xianming David Bai

Associate professor

David Bai

David Bai
256 Holden Hall


Research Interests:

  • Computational materials science (atomistic to mesoscale)
  • Radiation effects in nuclear materials
  • Defect and microstructural evolution in metals and oxides
  • Thermal transport in ceramics
  • Mechanical behavior of materials
  • Phase transformations
  • Granular materials modeling


  • B.S. Fudan University, China
  • M.S. Fudan University, China
  • M.S. Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology

Honors & Awards:

  • Thomas G. Digges and Thomas G. Digges Jr. Faculty Fellow, Virginia Tech, 2020
  • 2020 VT College of Engineering Outstanding New Assistant Professor
  • ICTAS Junior Faculty Award, Virginia Tech, 2020
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2019
  • ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2018
  • TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award, 2015
  • Exceptional Contributions Program Award, Idaho National Laboratory, 2014

Professional Affiliations:

  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
  • American Nuclear Society (ANS)

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