Sam Daly

CRML Affiliated Faculty

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering



The Daly group lies at the intersection of experimental mechanics, materials science, and data science in an effort to characterize, design, and develop advanced materials. Group research focuses on the statistical quantification of microstructural features of materials and their effect on meso- and macro-scale properties, with an emphasis on using novel methods of experimentation across length scales that are coupled closely with theoretical and computational analysis. The group investigates the mechanics of materials, including fatigue, fracture, and creep, and advanced materials including ceramic matrix composites and multi-functional alloys.


Sam Daly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from Caltech in 2007 and subsequently joined the University of Michigan, where she was on the faculty until 2016 prior to her move to UCSB. Her recognitions include the DOE Early Career Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the AFOSR-YIP Award, the ASME Eshelby Mechanics Award, the Journal of Strain Analysis Young Investigator Award, the Experimental Mechanics Best Paper of the Year Award, the IJSS Best Paper of the Year Award, the ASME Orr Award, and the Caddell Award.