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Ryan S. Elliott
Associate Professor,
Russell J. Penrose Faculty Fellow


Contact information
Office: 218 Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-624-2376
E-mail: relliott (at) umn.edu

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List of research topics
Current research projects

Professor Elliott's research interests are in the areas of active materials, shape memory alloys, solid-to-solid phase transformations, and atomistic materials modeling. Specifically, he studies the detailed atomic scale behavior of martensitic transformations using branch-following, bifurcation, and stability techniques. Current research projects include: atomistic modeling of Martensitic transformations in Shape Memory Alloys and other materials, development of a knowledge-base of interatomic models including tools for the evaluation of a model's transferability, numerical methods for studying bifurcation and stability of systems with symmetry (ranging from single crystals to space trusses), and the development of numerically assisted materials design techniques to aid in the search for new materials with exotic and technologically important properties.


B.S., Engineering Mechanics, Michigan State University, 1998
M.S.E., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 1999
M.S., Mathematics, University of Michigan, 2002
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering and Scientific Computing, University of Michigan, 2004


2012 - Present: Graduate Faculty Member (courtesy appointment), Civil Engineering
2011 - Present: Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
8/2010-12/2010 - Visiting Researcher (LMS), École Polytechnique (France)
2005 - 2011: Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2004: Research Fellow, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
2001: Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Practicum, Los Alamos National Laboratory
1999 - 2004: Research Assistant, University of Michigan
1999: Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan
1997 - 1998: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University


  • Ellad B. Tadmor, Ronald E. Miller and Ryan S. Elliott, Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics: From Fundamental Concepts to Governing Equations, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
More information can be found at http://www.modelingmaterials.org/

Five Recent Publications

  • A.Aghaei, K.Dayal, R.S.Elliott, 2013, Anomalous phonon behavior of carbon nanotubes: First-order influence of external load, Journal of Applied Physics, URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4774077, (Journal Article) More Details
  • V.S.Guthikonda, R.S.Elliott, 2013, Modeling martensitic phase transformation in shape memory alloys with the self-consistent lattice dynamics approach, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2012.12.003, (Journal Article) More Details
  • R.S.Elliott, D.S.Karls, 2013, Entropic stabilization of austenite in shape memory alloys, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2013.07.013, (Journal Article) More Details
  • E.B.Tadmor, R.S.Elliott, S.R.Phillpot, S.B.Sinnott, 2013, NSF cyberinfrastructures: a new paradigm for advancing materials simulation, Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cossms.2013.10.004, (Journal Article) More Details
  • A.Aghaei, K.Dayal, R.S.Elliott, 2012, Symmetry-adapted phonon analysis of nanostructures, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2012.09.008, (Journal Article) More Details

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Honors and Fellowships

Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award, 2014
Russell J. Penrose Faculty Fellow, 2012-2015
Associate Fellow, MN Supercomputing Institute, 2009-present
McKnight Land-Grant Professor, 2009-2011
Associate Fellow, Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, 2009
CAREER grant, National Science Foundation, USA, 2007-present
Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science, Department of Energy, USA, 2005
Ivor K. McIvor Award in Applied Mechanics, University of Michigan, 2004
Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF), Department of Energy, USA, 2000
Ph.D.-Course/Advanced School Scholarship, DCAMM, Technical University of Denmark, 1999
Tau Beta Pi - Matthews Fellow, 1998
College of Engineering Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1998
College of Engineering Undergraduate Fellowship, Michigan State University, 1995-1997

Scientific and Professional Societies

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Current Courses

AEM 2011 -- Statics | Course Home Page
AEM 4501 -- Aerospace Structures | Course Home Page

Subjects and Courses Taught

AEM 2011 -- Statics
AEM 2012 -- Dynamics
AEM 4501 -- Aerospace Structures
AEM 4502 -- Computational Structural Analysis
AEM 5503 -- Theory of Elasticity
AEM 8000 -- Seminar: Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
AEM 8525 -- Elastic Stability of Materials
AEM 8595 -- Selected Topics in Mechanics and Materials
Curriculum Vitae Biographical Overview

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