Carnegie Mellon University

Kaushik Dayal

Kaushik Dayal

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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


Professor Kaushik Dayal's research interests are in the area of theoretical and computational multiscale methods applied to problems in materials science, with particular focus on bridging from atomic to continuum scales in the context of functional behavior, non-equilibrium response, and electromagnetic effects.

Dayal received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Chennai) in 2000. He earned his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in 2007.


PhD 2007 - California Institute of Technology
MS 2007 - California Institute of Technology
B Tech 2000 - Indian Institute of Technology Madras


Research Group: MMC 

Areas of Interest

Developing analytical and computational multiscale techniques, and applying these techniques to engineering and biomedicine.

Some current application topics include (i) response of charged defects to electric fields in solid oxides and ferroelectrics for energy applications; (ii) mechanics of drug transport across biological membranes; (iii) electron transport in deformed biomolecules under stress; (iv) response of nanostructured materials under dynamic loading for impact and blast protection; (v) composite functional materials for high-temperature sensors and actuators for hypersonic aircraft; (vi) quantum mechanical calculation of electromechanical properties of nanomaterials (graphene, nanotubes, chalcogenides)


Aghaei, A., Dayal, K., Elliott, R., (2013) “Anomalous Phonon Behavior of Carbon Nanotubes: First-Order Influence of External Load,” Journal of Applied Physics, 113:023503.

Aghaei, A., Dayal, K., Elliott, R., (2013) “Symmetry-Adapted Phonon Analysis of Nanotubes,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 61:557.

Tan, L., Acharya, A., Dayal, K.,(2013) “Coarse Variables of Autonomous ODE Systems and Their Evolution,” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 253:199.

Aghaei, A., Dayal, K.,(2012) “Tension-and-Twist of Chiral Nanotubes: Torsional Buckling, Mechanical Response, and Indicators of Failure,” Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 20:085001.

Yang, L., Dayal, K., (2012) “Influence of Strain on Space Charge Distribution at Ferroelectric Thin-Film Free Surfaces,” Acta Materialia, 60:6457.

Recent Awards

  • 2013: awarded the ASCE EMI Leonardo Da Vinci Award for his important contributions to understanding far-from-equilibrium molecular dynamics; domain patterns in ferroelectrics; and phase transformations in peridynamics analyses.
  • 2013: received the Dean’s Early Career Fellowship, which recognizes deserving untenured faculty members.