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Brief Biography & PublicationsTod Laursen co-directs the Computational Mechanics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University, and has particular interest in the development and application of computational methods for nonlinear applications in solid and structural mechanics. In addition to his primary appointment in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, he holds secondary appointments in both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Duke. He served as the Director of Graduate Studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering between 1998 and 2000, and served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in CEE between 2001 and 2003. He served as the Senior Associate Dean for Education in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from 2003 to 2008, before being named Chair of MEMS in 2008.
His teaching interests encompass basic undergraduate courses in engineering science and mechanics, and graduate courses in nonlinear mechanics, numerical methods, and finite element methodologies. Although his research spans computational nonlinear solid mechanics fairly broadly, its primary focus has been on the development of effective computational strategies for the treatment of contact-impact phenomena in mechanics. Among other sources, this work has been funded by a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation , a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research , and various research contracts from Sandia National Laboratories .
He is the Editor-In-Chief of the Elsevier Journal, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design , and author of the research monograph Computational Contact and Impact Mechanics , which was published by Springer in March of 2002.
Courses Taught at Duke
Students and Projects
Current PhD Students:
See memorial website for Abhijit Mahato at http://abhijit.mahato.pratt.duke.edu.
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