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Faculty & research

Eliot Fried

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Eliot Fried

  • Ph.D. Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology 1991
  • M.S. Applied Mathematics, California Institute of Technology 1989
  • A.B. Oriental Languages, University of California, Berkeley 1981

Eliot Fried joins Mechanical Engineering from McGill University where he was professor of mechanical engineering and the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in interfacial and defect mechanics. He previously held positions at Carnegie Mellon University; Pennsylvania State University; College Park; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Washington University in St. Louis.

Eliot’s current research interests include the electrically-induced poration and wrinkling of lipid vesicles, the stability of lipoprotein nano discs, the collective behavior of bacterial and algal suspensions, and the mechanical properties of Möbius molecules.

Honors include a NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and an NSF Research Initiation Award.  He was a Midwest Mechanics Seminar Speaker and a North British Differential Equations Seminar Speaker. Fried was a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois and was awarded a Critical Research Initiative Grant while at the University of Illinois.