I received my Ph.D. in civil engineering in 2013 from UCLA, and worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Structural Engineering and the Center for Extreme Events Research (CEER) at UC San Diego until I joined Penn State in 2016. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Penn State holding the L. Robert and Mary L. Kimball Endowed Professorship. My research is currently being funded by NSF, the DOD, Penn State, and private industry.
My research of naturally stabilized nodal integration formulated under the framework of variational consistency (VC-NSNI) has enabled high accuracy, stability, and efficiency not previously possible in computationally challenging applications such as penetration/fragment-impact, blast-loaded structures, landslides, explosive welding, earth moving, and 3D printing. These methods have also allowed numerical investigation of complex phenomena, including shock wave propagation in solids under blast and impact loadings, shear band formation in landslides, and failure mechanisms in man-made disasters.
These methods have been implemented into codes used by the DoD (US Army Corps of Engineers' NMAP, NMAP-Micro, and MEGA), DoE (Sandia National Laboratories' SIERRA), the commercial code LS-DYNA, as well as codes used in private industry (Case New Holland Industrial America LLC, and Karagozian & Case Inc.). Recently, I received the NSF CAREER award.