Amit Acharya-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Amit Acharya

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: Porter Hall 101
Phone: 412-268-4566
Fax: 412-268-7813


Amit Acharya is a Professor in the Mechanics, Materials, and Computing group in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Broadly, Acharya’s research interests are in continuum mechanics, mathematical materials science, and applied mathematics. Currently his work focuses on theoretical and computational defect mechanics in crystalline, liquid crystalline, and metallic glass systems, coarse-graining of nonlinear time-dependent systems and the interplay of differential geometry and structural mechanics in the design and actuation of thin sheets.

Acharya received his PhD degree in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1994. Subsequently he completed a post-doctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania and from 1995-1998 he took a position as a senior research engineer in the ABAQUS Std Development group at HKS, Inc. in Providence, RI (now Simulia, Dassault Systemes). There, Acharya was the lead developer of the *Hysteresis nonlinear viscoelastic material model and the S4 fully-integrated finite strain shell element. These are still in use in the ABAQUS general-purpose FE code. From 1998-2000, he was a Research scientist at the DOE-ASCI funded Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets at UIUC, before joining CMU in 2000.

Courtesy Appointment: MSE             
Research Group: MMC

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PhD 1994 - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MS 1991 - University of Utah
BS 1988 - Indian School of Mines, India

Areas of Interest

  • Continuum dislocation mechanics
  • Coarse-graining of nonlinear evolutionary systems
  • Computational modeling of elastic and inelastic behavior of solids
  • Nonlinear shell theory
  • Fluid-structure interaction including mass transfer

Selected Publications