Ryan S. Elliott

Ryan S. Elliot

Ryan S. Elliott

Aerospace Engineering Mechanics


Akerman Hall
Rm 218
110 Union Street SE





Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering and Scientific Computing, University of Michigan, 2004

M.S., Mathematics, University of Michigan, 2002

M.S.E., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 1999

B.S., Engineering Mechanics, Michigan State University, 1998

Professional Background

Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2018

Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2011-2018

Russell J. Penrose Fellow, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2012-2015

Graduate Faculty Member, Computational Science, 2015-present

Graduate Faculty Member, Civil Engineering, 2012-present

Visiting Researcher (LMS),  École Polytechnique (France)

Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, 2005-2011

Research Fellow, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 2004

Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Practicum, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2001

Research Assistant, University of Michigan, 1999-2004

Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan, 1999

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University, 1997-1998

Scientific & Professional Societies
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Research Interests

Dr. Ryan S. Elliot's research deals with stability and instability problems related to structures, materials, and microstructured materials. This broad area of engineering science encompasses phenomena such as the crumpling of a car body and frame when involved in a crash, the buckling of railroad tracks on extremely hot and sunny days, the flutter of aircraft wings (where flapping-like vibrations can be amplified and ultimately rip the wings or tail fins off the craft), and the instabilities that can lead to collapse of space truss and frame structures commonly used in satellites and space station construction.  Dr. Elliott's research program has three major themes: (I) development of nonlinear modeling of discrete and continuum solid-state materials and structures, capable of accurately predicting instability behavior and the associated multiple stable states of real systems; (II) development of analytical and computational methodologies (based on theories of symmetry, bifurcation, and pattern formation) that combine applied mathematics and scientific computing to systematically discover the multiple stable states predicted by a given nonlinear model; and (III) development of open source scientific software, and the creation and support of user communities who benefit from these software packages. The specific research projects pursued by Dr. Elliott and his research group each involve one or more of these major themes which serve as common threads connecting them all.

For more information about Professor Elliot's research visit his research page here.


Currently Teaching Courses
AEM 3031 -- Deformable Body Mechanics
AEM 8525 -- Elastic Stability of Materials
Honors and Awards

2014: Thomas J.R Hughes Young Investigator Award 

2012-2015: Russell J. Penrose Faculty Fellow

2009-Present: Associate Fellows, MN Supercomputing Institute

2009-2011: McKnight Land-Grant Professor

2009: Associate Fellow, Minneosta Supercomputing Institute

2007-Present: CAREER Grant, National Science Foundation, USA

2005: Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science, Department of Energy

2004: Ivor K. McIvor Award in Applied Mechanics, University of Michigan

2000: Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF), Department of Energy

1999: Ph.D.-Course/Advanced School Scholarship, DCAMM, Technical University of Denmark

1998: Tua Beta Pi- Matthews Fellow

1998: College of Engineering Fellowship, University of Michigan

1995-1997: College of Engineering Undergraduate Fellowship, 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.

Selected Publications
  • C. Combescure, & R. S. Elliott, 2017, Hierarchical honeycomb material design and optimization: Beyond linearized behavior, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 115-116: 161-169, (Journal Article) 
  • Mingjian Wen, Junhao Li, Peter Brommer, Ryan S Elliott, James P Sethna and Ellad B Tadmor, 2017, A KIM-compliant potfit for fitting sloppy interatomic potentials: application to the EDIP model for silicon, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 25, Issue 1 , (Journal Article) 
  • Christelle Combescure, Pierre Henry, Ryan S. Elliott, 2016, Post-bifurcation and stability of a finitely strained hexagonal honeycomb subjected to equi-biaxial in-plane loading, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 88,89:296,318, (Journal Article) 
  • MingjianWen, Steven M.Whalen, Ryan S. Elliott, Ellad B. Tadmor., 2015, Interpolation effects in tabulated interatomic potentials, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 23:074,008, (Journal Article) Mo
  • Amartya S. Banerjee, Ryan S. Elliott, Richard D. James., 2015, A spectral scheme for Kohn-Sham density functional theory of clusters, Journal of Computational Physics, 287:226,253, (Journal Article)