Prof. Lynch served on the faculty of the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering from September, 1995 through September 2007. He accepted the responsibilities as associate chair of administration of the Woodruff School in 2002, the largest Mechanical Engineering Program in the US. In 2007 he accepted a faculty position at UCLA and starting in 2008 as Director of the MS Engineering Online Program, built the UCLA online education program.
Prof. Lynch’s research focuses on several areas related to ferroelectric materials including field coupled fracture mechanics, micro-electro-mechanics, and ferroelectric device development. Prof. Lynch’s research program focuses on multi-field and multi-scale constitutive law development with finite element implementation in support of numerous sensing and actuation applications. Recent work on multiferroic coupling at the nanoscale has demonstrated the ability to switch magnetization using strain coupling between magnetic features deposited on ferroelectric single crystals. This led to the UCLA led TANMS NSF-NERC where Prof. Lynch serves as the thrust lead for the modeling team.
In addition to his research, his accomplishments include the development of a new international conference (ASME-SMASIS), serving as chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Technical Committee on Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems (ASMS-TC), serving as chair of the AMSE Aerospace Division, and serving as co-chair (2012-2013) and chair (2014-2015) of the SPIE SS-NDE conference.He has been honored with an NSF CAREER award, an ONR Young Investigator award, an ASEE educator award, the “Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching" at Georgia Tech, the ASME "Adaptive Structures Prize" and is a Fellow of ASME.