Ryan S. Elliott

Ryan Elliott

Ryan S. Elliott

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Aerospace Engineering Mechanics


Akerman Hall
Room 117A
110 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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

Research Lab

Professional Background

Director of Graduate Studies, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2020 -present

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),
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM),
  • Society for Engineering Science (SES)
Research Interests

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Professor 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.  Professor 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 Professor Elliott and his research group each involve one or more of these major themes which serve as common threads connecting them all.

Teaching Subjects

  • AEM 2011 -- Statics
  • AEM 2012 -- Dynamics
  • AEM 3100 -- Software Applications in AEM
  • AEM 4501 -- Aerospace Structures 
  • AEM 4502 -- Computational Structural Analysis
  • AEM 4595 -- Problems in Mechanics and Materials
  • AEM 5501 -- Continuum Mechanics
  • AEM 5503 -- Elasticity
  • AEM 8000 -- Seminar: Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
  • AEM 8525 -- Elastic Stability of Materials
  • AEM 8527 -- Pattern Formation in Materials
Currently Teaching Courses
AEM 8527 -- Pattern Formation in Materials

Honors and Awards

2017: Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 

2014: Thomas J.R Hughes Young Investigator Award (ASME)

2012-2015: Russell J. Penrose Faculty Fellow, University of Minnesota

2009-Present: Associate Fellows, MN Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota

2009-2011: McKnight Land-Grant Professor, University of Minnesota

2009: Associate Fellow, Minneosta Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota

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

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

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

2000-2004: Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF), US 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.

Software & Cyberinfrastructures

  • kim-api: https://github.com/openkim/kim-api
    Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models (KIM) Application Programming Interface (API). 
    This open source software package is currently extensively used by the atomistic materials modeling community and is a key software component of the KIM project.
  • Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models (KIM): https://openkim.org
    Cyberinfrastructure associated with the Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models (KIM) project. It serves as the central repository and testing hub for interatomic potentials.
  • ColabFit: https://colabfit.org
    Cyberinfrastructure associated with the Collaborative Development of Data-Driven Interatomic Potentials for Predictive Molecular Simulations.

Selected Publications

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