Composite structures, Computational Mechanics, Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), Multi-scale analysis, Composite manufacturing, Molecular-dynamics, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Higher-order FEA, Additive Manufacturing
Marianna Maiaru, Ph.D. joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMass Lowell in the fall of 2016. Her doctoral work, performed as a collaboration between the Turin Polytechnic Institute and the University of Michigan, resulted in the development of computationally light multi-scale approaches for the progressive failure analysis of fiber-reinforced composite structures using higher-order FEM. Before joining the faculty at UMass Lowell, Maiaru was a Research Associate in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the University of Washington and, before that, a Research Associate in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her post-doctoral research, sponsored by AFRL, has been conducted in collaboration with many aerospace industries and focused on the development of physics-based models of the manufacturing induced effect on polymer matrix composites (PMCs).