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


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Office: 218 Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-624-2376
E-mail: relliott (at)

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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


2011 - Present: Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2015 - Present: Graduate Faculty Member, Computational Science
2012 - Present: Graduate Faculty Member, Civil Engineering
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


+ Symmetry-aware Branch-Following and Bifurcation (SyBFB) method Available by request (send me an email). This package is designed to perform numerical continuation of one-parameter systems of nonlinear equations which possess symmetries. The package incorporates results from group theory, equivariant bifurcation theory, and nonlinear continuation theory. This package has been a workhorse research code for my group and remains under active development.
+ KIM API ( The KIM API (part of the broader Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models project: is an Application Programming Interface for atomistic simulations. The API provides a standard for exchanging information between atomistic simulation codes (molecular dynamics, molecular statics, lattice dynamics, Monte Carlo, etc.) and interatomic models (potentials or force fields). It also includes a set of library routines for using the API with bindings for Fortran, C, and C++. By conforming to this API, an atomistic simulation code will seamlessly work with any KIM-compliant interatomic model written in any supported language. The interface is computationally efficient and often requires relatively minor changes to existing codes.
+ LAMMPS pair_style kim ( Available as part of the standard LAMMPS package. This is the LAMMPS (Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator) molecular dynamics code ( OpenKIM interface providing support for the OpenKIM KIM API within LAMMPS. The pair_style supports the full range of feature defined by the KIM API and is designed to provide LAMMPS users with easy access to all interatomic Models available at


  • 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

Five Recent Publications

  • A.S.Banerjee, R.S.Elliott, R.D.James, 2015, A spectral scheme for Kohn-Sham density functional theory of clusters, Computational Physics, 287:226-253, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • V.Sorkin, R.S.Elliott, E.B.Tadmor, 2014, A local quasicontinuum for 3D multilattice crystalline materials: Application of shape-memory alloys, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 22:055, 001 (22pp), (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • S.Pattamatta, R.S.Elliott, E.B.Tadmor, 2014, Mapping the stochas tic-response of nanostructures, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 111 (17):E1678-E1686, (Conf. Proceeding) More Details, Request PDF
  • 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, (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,, (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 5501 -- Continuum Mechanics | Course Home Page
AEM 8525 -- Elastic Stability of Materials | 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 Brief Biographical Sketch Biographical Overview

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