Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
EducationPh.D., Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Physics, National University of Athens, 2003
Dr. Papanikolaou's primary research interest is in the theory and application of statistical methods towards the theoretical and computational modeling of mechanical behavior of materials. Mechanical response of materials requires both a deep physical understanding of deformation processes towards quantitative accuracy, as well as a multi-scale understanding of possible microscopic effects that may lead to macroscopic failure. Statistical methods build upon high-throughput experiments and may involve either the application of statistical mechanics towards minimal, reduced-order models for emergent pattern formations, or/and application of data science approaches to unsupervised clustering and classification. Overall research interests lie in the understanding of pattern formation in highly frustrated or/and kinetically constrained systems and networks.
Teaching Interests: numerical methods in engineering, stochastic dynamics and random processes, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, solid and engineering mechanics
Research Interests: theory and application of statistical methods
toward the theoretical, computational modeling of mechanical behavior
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