Dr. Berkin Dortdivanlioglu


Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering

BS, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

MS, Stanford University

PhD, Stanford University


Professor Dortdivanlioglu's research primarily focuses on understanding smart materials, such as hydrogels, and harnessing structural and material instabilities observed in these complex media for emerging applications. Furthermore, he studies physical instabilities observed in soft and multi-functional materials by combining analytical, computational, and experimental approaches.


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Dr. Loukas F Kallivokas



Carrol Allen Teaching Fellow in Engineering

BS, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

MS, Carnegie Mellon University

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University


Dr Kallivokas’ broader research interests are in computational mechanics as an enabling technology for addressing engineering and science problems. His current research focuses on inverse medium and inverse source problems with applications varying from geotechnical site characterization and geophysical probing, to non-destructive imaging and condition assessment of systems and components, structural forensics, to reservoir modeling for enhanced oil recovery. Past research includes work on shape detection and localization arising in inverse acoustic scattering, simulations of propagation of elastic and acoustic waves at small and large spatial scales, fluid-structure interaction problems, multi-material interface problems using boundary integral methods, fictitious domain methods, and absorbing boundaries and PMLs for modeling waves in infinite and semi-infinite domains – waves have been a common underlying thread to much of his work. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin, Dr Kallivokas was a visiting assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, a research scientist in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and had worked as a consulting engineer for the failure analysis firm of O’Donnell Consulting Engineers, Pittsburgh, PA.


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Dr. Lance Manuel



Texas Atomic Energy Research Foundation Professor of Engineering

BTech, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

MS, University of Virginia

PhD, Stanford University


Dr Manuel's research is related to uncertainty quantification ascociated with the modeling and design of engineered systems, mainly civil engineering works and energy-generating structures. His work is focused on improving design criteria for wind turbines for complex inflow turbulence conditions and on the long-term performance of deepwater offshore floating structures. In the past, he undertook research and review work related to probabilistic risk assessment of nuclear power plants and reactors; reliability of dam projects; probabilistic seismic hazard and ground motion analyses; and stochastic response of fixed and floating offshore platforms. Prior to his joining the faculty at UT Austin, Dr Manuel worked as a consulting engineer with Jack R. Benjamin & Associates, Inc. in Mountain View, California, and with Exponent, Inc. - formerly, Failure Analysis Associates - in Menlo Park, California.


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