Carnegie Mellon University

Amit Acharya

Amit Acharya


Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Amit Acharya is a professor in the Mechanics, Materials, and Computing research group. His research interests are in the areas of continuum mechanics, theoretical materials science, and applied mathematics and looks at how structural imperfections, or defects, in crystalline materials interact and evolve. 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 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.

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). While 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. Between 1998-2000, Acharya 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 


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


Research Group: MCM

  • 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

Recent Publications

Full Publications List

Honors and Awards

  • The Simons Foundation Pivot Fellowship. Inaugural class (2022)
  • Visiting Professorship with the Instituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica Francesco Severi (INdAM). Univeristy of Pavia, Italy (2016)
  • Rosi and Max Varon Visiting Professorship. Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (2015)
  • Visiting Professorship of the Leverhulme Trust. University of Bath, U.K. (2015)


  • 12-231 Solid Mechancis
  • 12-335 Soil Mechanics
  • 12-758 Intro to Continuum Mechanics Nonlinear Elastic & Structural Mechanics