Janis Varna - Curriculum Vitae#

  • Master thesis, Applied Physics, Latvia University, Riga, LATVIA 1974
  • PhD in Solid Mechanics, Latvia University, Riga, Latvia, 1982, “Transient response of shells of revolution to dynamic loads”
  • PhD in Polymeric Composite Materials, LTU, Sweden, 1992, “Analysis of Transverse Cracking in Composite cross-Ply Laminates”
  • Degree of Docent in Polymeric Composite Materials, LTU, 1998

Visiting research

USA: Visiting professor: Georgia Tech 9 m, 1995 and 6 m, 2000; Texas A&M univ. 7 m 2002-2011. BELGIUM: visiting professor, 3 months during 95 and 3 months during 98-99. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

  • Head (ämnesföreträdare) of the Polymeric Composite Materials, TVM, Luleå University of Technology (LTU) , Sweden 2002-
  • Full professor in Polymer Engineering, LTU 2001-
  • Associate professor, Polymer Engineering, LTU 1998-2001
  • Acting professor, Polymer Engineering, LTU 1996-1997
  • Senior Lecturer, Polymer Engineering, LTU 1995-1998
  • Research Associate, Polymer Engineering, LTU 1992-1995
  • Senior Lecturer, Dept of Physics and Mathematics, Latvia University, LATVIA, 1982-1991
  • Research Engineer, Dept of Physics and athematics, Latvia University, LATVIA, 1974-1982

Examined PhD students
  • 13 examined students (Ph.D.)
  • Currently 6 Ph.D. students

Professional assignments and leadership
  • Member of the Swedish National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2008-2011. Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Mechanics of Composite Materials since 1998, J. Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures since 2008.
  • Vice chairman of the Mechanics of Composite Materials conference, Riga, 2006, 2008,2 010; Chairmen of workshop Composites Damage: Status and future directions June 2009, Greece; June 2010, Spain; June 2011France; 2012, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Has been organizing and coordinating several international network projects on education and research financed by Nordic countries. Has a collaborative experience in international teams in the framework of many EU projects and networks.
  • Invited participant (2009-2013) in the 3rd World Wide Failure Exercise (WWFE-III) organized to benchmark and validate the best current damage and fracture mechanics methodologies.


Has published more than 90 papers in international research journals and more than 70 conference papers.
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