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06/2017
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Katherine Ramos was awarded a $16,000 stipend full GEM Ph.D. fellowship. Congratulations Katherine !!



06/2017
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Zachariah El-Hajj (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from American University of Beirut, Lebanon) has accepted the graduate student position and will pursue his Ph.D. in Computational Science and Engineering.

Zachariah welcome to CPG  !!



04/2017
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Satyaki Bhattacharjee has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Reduced Order Multiscale Modeling of Nonlinear Processes in Heterogeneous Materials". Congratulations Dr. Bhattacharjee !!



02/2017
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The recent review article entitled "A Review of Predictive Nonlinear Theories for Multiscale Modeling of Heterogeneous Materials", published in the Journal of Computational Physics is featured on the ScienceDirect as the Most Downloaded Article in Q4/2016.



10/2016
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Katherine Ramos was awarded a $10,000 Intel Foundation Scholarship as part of the GMiS Class of 2016 HENAAC Scholars. Congratulations Katherine !!



03/2016
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Andrew Gillman has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Predicting Effective Material Properties of Heterogeneous Composites from Well-resolved Higher Order Statistical Description of Morphology". Congratulations Dr. Gillman !!



03/2016
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Matthew Mosby has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled "High Performance Multi-Scale Modeling of Heterogeneous Interfaces". Congratulations Dr. Mosby !!



02/2016
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Dr. K. Matous has been appointed an Associate Editor of the Journal of Computational Physics.



01/2016
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Satyaki Bhattacharjee passed the Ph.D. Candidacy Examination.

Congratulations Satyaki !!



01/2016
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Dr. K. Matous has been appointed an Associate Editor of the International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering.



12/2015
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CPG group conducts one of the largest multiscale damage simulations ever performed. In our recent Extreme Mechanics Letter, we present a simulation consisting of 53.8 Billion finite elements with 28.1 Billion nonlinear equations that is solved on 393,216 computing cores (786,432 threads). The excellent parallel performance of the computational homogenization solver is demonstrated by a strong scaling test from 4,096 to 262,114 cores. A fully coupled multi-scale damage simulation shows a complex crack profile at the micro-scale and the macroscopic crack tunneling phenomenon. Such large and predictive simulations are an important step towards Virtual Materials Testing and can aid in development of new material formulations with extreme properties.



12/2015
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Dr. K. Matous lectured at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge UK, on Virtual Materials Testing.



11/2015
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Dr. K. Matous has assumed responsibilities as a Director of the Center for Shock-Wave Processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM).



07/2015
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Graduate student Andrew Gillman has received a travel award to attend the 13th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics to be held in San Diego, CA July 27-30, 2015.

Congratulations Andrew !!



06/2015 :
Dewen Yushu passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination.

Congratulations  Dewen !!



06/2015
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Dewen Yushu (B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China) has accepted the graduate student position and will pursue his Ph.D. in Computational Science and Engineering.

Dewen welcome to CPG  !!



04/2015
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Proceedings of
                              the Royal Society A

For centuries, great minds like Kepler, Maxwell and Einstein have investigated the statistical characterization of many-body systems, and implications of small-scale structures on the macroscopic transport and mechanical properties. In this work, an accurate statistical description of heterogeneous particulate materials is computed using novel adaptive interpolation/integration scheme. This statistical information is then utilized within mathematical theories for predicting the overall thermo-mechanical behavior. For the first time, we predict properties of granular Platonic solids packs and discover a significant shape effect in their thermal-conductivity. Based on this work, a large class of materials with arbitrary inclusions can now be easily studied.

Our recent paper is featured as the cover article in Proceedings of the Royal Society A.



09/2014
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The Computational Physics Group at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded a research project entitled "Modeling Mechanical Performance of Nanoparticle-Reinforced Resins", from Corporate Research Materials Laboratory at 3M: Amount $130,000.



08/2014
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Cale Harnish (B.S. in Physics and Minor in Mathematics from Indiana University South Bend, IN) has accepted the graduate student position and will pursue his Ph.D. in Computational  Science and Engineering.

Cale welcome to CPG  !!



07/2014
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Dr. K. Matous has been appointed the College of Engineering Collegiate Associate Professor of Computational Mechanics.



07/2014
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Dr. K. Matous delivers the Keynote lecture at the 11th World Conference on Computational Mechanics in the mini-symposium on Advanced Homogenization Approaches for Modeling Damage and Failure in Solids. Title: High-performance Image-based Modeling of Failure in Heterogeneous Materials with Application to Thin Layers.



07/2014
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Katherine Ramos (B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from University of Texas at El Paso, TX) has accepted the graduate student position and will pursue her Ph.D. in Mechanics of Materials and Materials Science.

Katherine welcome to CPG  !!



05/2014
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Dr. K. Matous has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Also, Dr. K. Matous will take responsibilities as a Co-Director of the Center for Shock-Wave Processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM).



03/2014
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Dr. K. Matous delivers invite lecture at University of Florida at Gainesville. Title: High-performance Computational Science and Engineering: A Path Towards Virtual Materials Testing.



02/1014
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Dr. K. Matous delivers invite lecture at Northeastern University. Title: High-performance Computational Science and Engineering: A Path Towards Virtual Materials Testing.



02/2014
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The Computational Physics Group at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded a research project entitled "3D Nondestructive Imaging Techniques for Mesoscale Damage Analysis of Composite Materials", Multiscale Design Systems, LLC - DoD STTR program, Phase II, The Air Force Office of Scientific Research: Amount $375,000.



07/2013
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Dr. Matous delivers keynote lecture at the Gordon Research Conferences on Adhesion, Science of Interfacial Chemistry and Mechanics in Hard and Soft Material Systems. Title: Multiscale Cohesive Modeling of Heterogeneous Material Interfaces.



06/2013
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The Computational Physics Group is a part of the winning team for the NNSA's Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II (PSAAP II) centers of excellence. The Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM) at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded $8 millions over five years to study the behavior of heterogeneous materials, specifically the dynamics of their shock induced chemo-thermo-mechanical transformations and resulting material properties. ND Press Release.



06/2013 :
David Ju (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology) has accepted the graduate student position and will pursue his Ph.D. in Computational Science and Engineering. David has been awarded the Arthur J. Schmitt Presidential Fellowships in Science and Engineering.

David welcome to CPG and Congratulations !!



06/2013
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Satyaki Bhattacharjee passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination.

Congratulations Satyaki !!



05/2013
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Matthew Mosby and Andrew Gillman both passed the Ph.D. Candidacy Examination.

Congratulations Matt and Andrew !!



04/2013
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Graduate student Andrew Gillman has been selected to receive a travel award to attend the 12th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics to be held in Raleigh, NC, July 22-25, 2013.

Congratulations Andrew !!



01/2013
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Dr. K. Matous has been elected a fellow of ASME. Citation: "Professor Matous has made major contributions to the area of computational mechanics. He has developed new computational methods as well as pioneered their use in industrial applications. His work on multiscale cohesive modeling of interfaces has led to fundamental understanding and defined the current state of the art. His research on data-driven modeling with co-designed simulations and experiments has provided new insights into the complex interactions between mechanics and materials science. Professor Matous is an active member of an engineering community. He has organized numerous conference symposia and is active participant of the ASME Committee on Computing in Applied Mechanics."



11/2012
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Dr. Matous delivers invited lecture at the Stanford University at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics and Computation Seminar Series. Title: Multiscale Modeling of Heterogeneous Materials and Inhomogeneous Layers with Resolved Mesoscale.



10/2012
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Dr. Matous delivers invited lecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering Seminar Series. Title: Multiscale Modeling of Heterogeneous Interfaces.



05/2012
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John Haase (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics from Kettering University, Flint, MI) has accepted the graduate student position and will pursue his Ph.D. in Computational Science and Engineering. John has been awarded the Arthur J. Schmitt Presidential Fellowships in Science and Engineering.

John welcome to CPG and Congratulations !!



04/2012
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Dr. Matous delivers invited lecture at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Title: Chemo-Thermo-Mechanical Modeling of Heterogeneous Propellant Combustion.



03/2012
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Jonathan MacArt (Notre Dame '13, Aerospace Engineering) has been awarded the undergraduate student fellowship from the Center for Research Computing (CRC).

Congratulations Jonathan !!



03/2012
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The Computational Physics Group at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded the project entitled "3--D Nondestructive Imaging Techniques for Mesoscale Damage Analysis of Composite Materials", Multiscale Design Systems, LLC - DoD STTR program, Phase I, The Air Force Office of Scientific Research: Dr. J. Fish (MDS) and Dr. D. Stargel (AFOSR) Program Managers, K. Matous (PI); Amount $48,500.



01/2012
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Dr. Matous delivers invited lecture at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities at the Department of Civil Engineering, The Warren Lecture Series. Title: Multiscale Modeling of Heterogeneous Materials and Inhomogeneous Layers with Resolved Mesoscale.



01/2012
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Satyaki Bhattacharjee (M.Tech. in Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India) has accepted the graduate student position and will pursue his Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics.

Satyaki welcome to CPG !!


 
08/2011
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The Computational Physics Group at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded the project entitled "EAGER: Multiscale Modeling of Heterogeneous Interfaces", NSF,  CMMI-1153435, Dr. G.H. Paulino program officer; Amount $134,091.



07/2011
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Matt Mosby has been awarded a travel fellowship to attend 12th Workshop on the DOE Advanced CompuTational Software (ACTS) Collection.

Congratulations Matt !!



06/2011
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Elizabeth Berrigan passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination.

Congratulations Elizabeth !!

04/2011
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Steven Atkinson defended his undergraduate research thesis entitled "Three-Dimensional Characterization of Polydisperse Particulate Composites from Microtomography"

Congratulations Steve !!



02/2011
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Matthew Mosby passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination.

Congratulations Matt !!



08/2010
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The Computational Physics Group at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded the project entitled "Utilizing Medical Imaging Technology for Generation of Mesoscale Computational Descriptions'', IllinoisRocstar LLC - DoD SBIR program, Phase I, Office of Secretary of Defence (OSD): Dr. M. Brandyberry (IR) and Dr. M. Nixon (Eglin Air Force Base) program managers, K. Matous (PI); Amount $20,000.



08/2010
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The Computational Physics Group at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded the project entitled "Solid Rocket Motor Propellant Characterization and Material Reconstruction Using High Resolution Tomography", IllinoisRocstar LLC - DoD SBIR program, Office of the secretary of defense (OSD), IR O081-PR2-1058, Phase II: Dr. M. Brandyberry (IR) and Dr. N. Brown (Edwards Air Force Base) program managers, K. Matous (PI); Amount $278,148.



06/2010
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Andrew Gillman passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination.

Congratulations Andrew !!



04/2010
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Steven Atkinson (Notre Dame '11, Mechanical Engineering) has been awarded the undergraduate student fellowship from the Center for Research Computing (CRC).

Congratulations Steven !!



04/2010
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Elizabeth Berrigan (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities) has accepted the graduate student position and will pursue her Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics.

Elizabeth welcome to Notre Dame !!



02/2010
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Former student of mine, Mohan Kulkarni (Ph.D. 2009 AE, UIUC, with Prof. Geubelle as co-advisor), has been selected as an "honorable mention" for the 2010 Melosh Competition.

Congratulations Mohan !!



12/2009
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The Computational Physics Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame has be awarded a project entitled "The Behavior Within Minimum Signature Propellants During Impact Insensitive Munition Tests", IllinoisRocstar LLC - DoD SBIR program, Phase I, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC): Dr. M. Brandyberry (IR) and Dr. W. Chew (AMRDEC) program managers, K. Matous (PI) and J.M. Powers (co-PI); Amount $36,000.



11/2009
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The Computational Physics Laboratory at the university of Notre Dame has be awarded a project entitled "Heterogeneous Solid Propellant Characterization using Micro-computer Tomography", Alliant Techsystems Inc.: Dr. I. L. Davis - program manager, K. Matous (PI);  Amount $71,062.



10/2009
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The Computational Physics Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame has be awarded a project entitled "Experimental and Computational Program for Slow and Fast Cookoff for Insensitive Munitions Testing". The project is sponsored by the DoD SBIR program, Phase II, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) through the IllinoisRocstar LLC. Dr. W. Chew (AMRDEC) and Dr. M. Brandyberry (IR) program managers, K. Matous (PI); Amount awarded to ND $195,000. Experimental part of the project is led by Prof. N. Glumac at UIUC. 



10/2009 :
Dr. Karel Matous has accepted an Associate Professor position at the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.



07/2009
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Dr. Karel Matous has been invited to deliver a keynote lecture entitled "Numerical Simulation of Heterogeneous Propellant Combustion by Generalized Finite Element Method" at the 10th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Columbus, OH, as the part of the symposium Extended/generalized FEM and other partition of unity based methods.


 
12/2008
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The recent article on the finite element modeling of nonlinear viscoelastic elastomers, P. Areias and K. Matous, CMAME 197/2008, published in the Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering is featured on the ScienceDirect Top 25 Hottest Articles.



08/2008
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The recent article on the multiscale cohesive failure modeling of heterogeneous adhesives, K. Matous et al., JMPS, 56/5, 2008, published in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids is featured on the ScienceDirect Top 25 Hottest Articles.

07/2008
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Brett Collins has accepted the Ph.D. graduate offer from the Mechanical Engineering Department at UC. Berkeley.

Congratulations Brett !! Good luck at Berkeley.


 
07/2007
: Mohan Kulkarni (Ph.D. candidate in AE, UIUC, with Prof. Geubelle as co-advisor), won the student presentation competition in the material modeling & specialty area at the 9th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM9) in San Francisco.

Congratulations Mohan !!


 
2004
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Dr. Karel Matous has derived the Multiscale Cohesive Model.


2013 University of Notre Dame and Prof. Karel Matous