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Oana Cazacu

Oana Cazacu


University of Florida (UF - US)
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  • Is full professor at the University of Florida, and a leading international expert in constitutive modelling of the anisotropy in plastic deformation and damage for both quasi-static and dynamic regimes.
  • Major contributions include the development of the most widely used anisotropic criteria for light weight metals with hexagonal crystal structure, now included in the built-in materials library of commercial and academic finite-element codes.
  • She has authored 11 book chapters, edited and co-edited 3 books and over 80 papers in the highest impact factor international journals.
  • She has delivered over 90 invited lectures (17 plenary and keynote lectures) at the major conferences, and topical symposia in the field.
  • She is co-founder of the ICACM, a partnership between several US and French universities, with the scope of promoting research at the forefront of mechanics.
  • She also served as Chairperson for the joint ICACM-IUTAM 2011 Topical Symposium on Linking Scales in Computation.
  • She has been recipient of visiting chair professorships in Europe (University Pierre and Marie Curie, University of Lille), and Australia (Swinburne University).
Chistophe Czarnota

Chistophe Czarnota


University of Lorraine (UL - France)
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  • Is Assistant Professor at the UL since 2012, where he obtained a PhD in 2007.
  • He has published 11 papers in top-ranked journals and mentored 2 PhD students.
  • He is currently participating (with S. Mercier) in supervision of 2 PhDs, one in the context of the H2020 project OUTCOME.
  • Before being at the UL, C. Czarnota was Assistant Professor at the Ecole des Mines of Nancy, InSIC, where he had been working in the fields of modelling and numerical simulation of extreme conditions encountered in machining processes.
Katarzyna Kowalczyk-Gajewska

Katarzyna Kowalczyk-Gajewska

Work package leader

Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (IPPT - Poland)
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  • Received her PhD (2001) and habilitation (2012) (both with distinction) at IPPT in Mechanics.
  • Her habilitation monograph "Micromechanical modelling of metals and alloys of high specific strength" has been also awarded with the W. Olszak prize by Polish Academy Sciences. K. Kowalczyk-Gajewska specialized in micromechanics of composites and polycrystalline metals and alloys, microstructure evolution, as well as analytical methods of description of material anisotropy.
  • She is the author or co-author of three monographs and 26 papers in leading international journals, participant in international (e.g. KMM NoE (6FP) and Matrans (7FP)) and national research projects of which two was coordinated by her.
  • She is also the Editor in-Chief of the journal Engineering Transactios.
  • She delivered 7 invited (incl. 1 plenary) lectures at international conferences.
  • Recently she has spent three months at the University of Lorraine (LEM3, Metz) as a visiting professor collaborating with Sebastien Mercier, Christoph Czarnota and Alain Molinari.
  • She has been also invited to give lectures at UC3M (Spain) and spent 1 month at ONERA (France).
  • She will be the leader of scientific WP1, and participate in the SB and IPB.
  • She will also be seconded during 1 month in TAMU.
 Sébastien Mercier

Sébastien Mercier


University of Lorraine (UL - France)
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  • Is a faculty member of UL since 1998.
  • He is professor and head of the CeDyn research group.
  • He has mentored 4 PhDs and published 35 papers.
  • Sébastien Mercier is currently participating in supervision of 3 PhDs, two in the context of the H2020 project OUTCOME.
  • He has some experience in international research program since he was workpackage leader in a network of excellence in the FP6 framework (KMM NoE project) and is currently involved in the H2020 project OUTCOME.
Shmuel Osovski

Shmuel Osovski


Israel Institute of Technology (Technion - Israel)
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  • Is a young Assistant Professor starting July 2014.
  • He obtained a PhD at the TECHNION in mechanical Engineering in 2012.
  • Later, he was Post Doctorate Student during 2 years at the University of North Texas (USA) under the supervision of one of the most renowned personalities in the field of Solids Mechanics, Professor Alan Needleman.
  • Professor Osovski has published 16 peer-reviewed papers in top ranked journals of Solids Mechanics including Acta Materialia and Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids.
  • Moreover, Professor Osovski has delivered talks and seminars in different scientific meetings, conferences and universities like the UC3M.
José Antonio Rodríguez-Martínez

José Antonio Rodríguez-Martínez

Project Coordinator

University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M - Spain)
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  • Is associate professor, doctorate with honors in 2010 in Mechanical Engineering by the UC3M and in Mechanics of Materials by the UL.
  • He has been awarded with several distinctions like the extraordinary doctorate award of the UC3M and the extraordinary doctorate award of the Association of the Mechanical Engineers of the Autonomous Region of Madrid.
  • He has published above 50 per-review JCR papers in the most renowned journals of Solid Mechanics, and delivered more than 10 keynote and invited seminars in prestigious international conferences, universities and research centers.
  • He has been the chairman of 2 international conference (including a IUTAM meeting) and organized thematic sessions on the dynamic behavior of materials in various congresses.
  • He has already graduated 3 PhD students and 3 more are developing their doctoral research under his supervision.
  • He has coordinated and participated in numerous regional, national and international project.
  • He is currently the coordinator of the project OUTCOME (MSCA-ITN-ETN) in which the UL and TECHNION teams are also involved.
  • He has also obtained an ERC Starting Grant in 2017 to unravel the mechanisms which control dynamic fragmentation in ductile materials.
 Ayoub Soulami

Ayoub Soulami


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL - US)
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  • Is a research scientist in the Applied Matl's & Performance group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).
  • After earning a PhD. in 2007 from university of Lorraine (France), he joined PNNL in 2008.
  • His research interests are in the areas of computational mechanics and material science, including constitutive modeling of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS); Microstructure based finite element simulations; high-rate forming simulations; self-pierce riveting, and rolling.
  • His PhD. research focused on modeling the behavior of TRansformation Induced Plasticity (TRIP) steels and the influence of phase transformation on the fatigue crack propagation.
  • His current work focuses on applying the mechanics and materials basic principles in solving practical engineering problems, including projects on modeling Electo-Hydraulic Forming (EHF) of Aluminum and AHSS sheets, Self-Pierce Riveting and Friction Stir Welding (FSW) modeling and simulations, and rolling of U-10Mo fuel foils.
  • Dr. Soulami has ~ 30 publications and ~350 citations.
Ankit Srivastava

Ankit Srivastava


Texas A&M University (TAMU - US)
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  • Is currently an Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Texas A&M University.
  • He was a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University from 2013-2015.
  • He completed his graduate studies from University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
  • During his graduate studies he received two Master of Science degrees, one in Materials Science and Engineering in 2011 and another in Physics along with his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2013.
  • Prior to starting his graduate studies at UNT he worked at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, a premier nuclear research facility in India.
  • His research expertise lies in micromechanical modelling of deformation and fracture of materials with spatial and temporal heterogeneities using large-scale microstructure-based finite element simulations.
  • Till date he has published 17 scholarly articles in highly reputed peer reviewed journals such as Nature Communications, Journal of Mechanics Physics and Solids and Acta Materialia.
  • In addition, he has delivered several invited talks and seminar.
  • He is also the recipient of 2016 American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award.
  • He will participate in the research activities of the project, host segments of the research members of the network at Texas A&M and will serve as a voting member in the supervisory board.
 Guadalupe Vadillo

Guadalupe Vadillo

Work Package Leader

University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M - Spain)
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  • Defended her doctoral thesis in 2007, which was awarded with the Extraordinary Doctorate award of the UC3M in 2008 and with the Third Prize in the Annual Competition of Doctoral Thesis organized by the Association of the Mechanical Engineers of the Autonomous Region of Madrid.
  • She has published 18 per-review papers and she participated in 18 conferences.
  • She mentored 4 Masters Students and she is currently supervising 3 PhD Students.
  • Professor Vadillo is leader of a WP in the project OUTCOME.
Álvaro Vaz-Romero

Álvaro Vaz-Romero

Project Manager

University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M - Spain)
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  • Is an assistant professor, doctorate with honors in 2015 in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Organization by the UC3M.
  • Researcher with over six years of experience in fields like experimental mechanics, behavior of materials, fracture mechanics, mechanical characterization, numerical modeling and applied mathematics.
  • He has published 6 peer-review JCR papers in renowned journals of Solid Mechanics.
  • He has participated in regional, national and international projects.
  • He is currently the project manager of the project OUTCOME.
Haim Waisman

Haim Waisman


Columbia University in the City of New York (CU - US)
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  • Is associate professor at Columbia University and his research interests are in Computational Fracture Mechanics with a special interest in extended finite element methods (XFEM), damage/phase field methods, multigrid and multiscale methods, inverse optimization problems and mixed finite element formulations.
  • Dr. Waisman has been engaged in diverse multiscale-multiphysics applications from brittle/ductile fracture of shear bands and cracks at micrometer/millisecond scales, to fracture of ice sheets and glaciers in the poles at the kilometer/decades scales.
  • Dr. Waisman obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005).
  • He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Scientific Computing Research Center (SCOREC) at RPI and at the Mechanical Engineering department at Northwestern University before joining Columbia University (2008).
  • He has published 65 journal papers, most of which in the top computational mechanics journals.
  • Dr. Waisman and his students won several best paper awards.
  • He is the recipient of the DOE Early Career Award (2012) and the Leonardo Da Vinci Award (2014) from the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE. More information is available at: http://www.civil.columbia.edu/waisman/.

Nonlinear Solid Mechanics Group

Nonlinear Solid Mechanics Group

The NSM group, formed by 3 researchers and 4 PhD students, is part of the Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis at the University Carlos III of Madrid. Research lines include mechanical characterization at high strain rates, formulation of constitutive theories and analytical models for instabilities in ductile materials, nonlinear vibration in elastic structures, etc. The group has 5 on-going competitive grants, 2 National and 3 European, including an ERC Starting Grant.

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