Senthil S. Vel, Ph.D.

Arthur O. Willey Professor of Mechanical Engineering

The University of Maine
Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center, Room 257
Orono, ME  04469-5711
(207) 581-2777;

Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech, 1998

Curriculum Vitae

Laminated Composite Structures Textbook

Research and Educational Software


External Engagements:

  • National Science Foundation Proposal Review Panelist.
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2016.
  • Co-organizer of the 15th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies, Maine, 2004.

Teaching Areas: (More Information)

Mechanics of Composite Materials; Advanced Strength of Materials; Intro to the Finite Element Method; Theory of Elasticity; Mechanics of Laminated Composite Structures.

Research Areas: (More Information)

  • Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • Computational Solid Mechanics
  • Micromechanical Modeling of Heterogeneous Materials
  • Multiscale Modeling
  • Thermoelastic properties, seismic anisotropy and creep of rocks, ice and polycrystalline materials

Principal Sponsors

  • NSF, ONR

Select Research / Collaboration Activities

  • Design of functionally graded materials using genetic algorithms, NSF
  • Structural response of hybrid ship connections subjected to fatigue loads, ONR
  • Multiscale analysis of geological structures that influence crustal seismic anisotropy, NSF
  • Integrated analytical-computational analysis of microstructural influences on seismic anisotropy, NSF
  • Origin and vertical extent of damage zones around continental strike-slip faults, NSF

Select Publications / Presentations (*Student)

  • Vel, S.S., Cook*, A.C, Johnson, S.E., Gerbi, C., Computational homogenization and micromechanical analysis of textured polycrystalline materials, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 310:749-779, 2016.
  • Cook*, A.C., Vel, S.S., Gerbi, C., Johnson, S.E., Computational analysis of nonlinear creep of polyphase aggregates: Influence of phase morphology, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 119: 6877–6906, 2014.
  • Vel, S.S., Goupee*, A.J., Multiscale thermoelastic analysis of random heterogeneous materials. Part I: Microstructure characterization and homogenization of material properties, Computational Materials Science, 48: 22-38, 2010.
  • Pelletier*, J.L., Vel, S.S., Multi-objective optimization of fiber reinforced composite laminates for strength, stiffness and minimal mass, Computers & Structures, 84: 2065-2080, 2006.
  • Vel S.S., Batra R.C., Three-dimensional exact solution for the vibration of functionally graded rectangular plates, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 272: 703-730, 2004.

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • ASME Fellow