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Papanikolaou, Stefanos

Assistant Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.S., National University of Athens, 2003

Papanikolaou acquired his BSc in Physics from the National University of Athens in 2003. He received his M. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Papanikolaou was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Physics at Cornell University and then held research scientist and research professor appointments at Yale and Johns Hopkins Universities before joining West Virginia University in 2016. Papanikolaou has won the VIDI excellence grant (class of 2013) administered by the Netherlands research council for developing the career of highly prolific and productive researchers.  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. The aim is to develop and use minimal, reduced-order models to provide non-trivial classification of large data sets by identifying emergent pattern formations. A major focus is on mechanical damage identification and prediction near boundaries. His overall research interests lie in the application of statistical methods for the theory and modeling of highly frustrated systems and networks. Such systems, while mutually very different, share the feature of kinetic frustration or "jamming", for example sandpiles under stress.

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 of materials