Oscar Lopez-Pamies

Associate Professor
CEE Excellence Faculty Fellow

“As the predominant science of everyday life, mechanics holds the key to understand our world and improve it through engineering.”

3106 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory
205 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL  61801
(217) 244-1242
(217) 265-8039

Oscar Lopez-Pamies holds a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering (2001), a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics (2001) and a master of science degree (2002) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (2006) from the University of Pennsylvania and the École Polytechnique.  He joined the department in 2011.  Prior to that, Lopez-Pamies was an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in methods of structural analysis, mechanics of solids, homogenization, composite materials and polymers.

Lopez-Pamies' awards and honors include a National Science Foundation CAREER award (2011); the Best Oral Presentation by a Young Researcher Award (2009) from the 7th EUROMECH Solid Mechanics Conference; the Thesis Award of École Polytechnique (2007); the Thesis Award Finalist of ParisTech (2007); and induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame (2006) and Student-Athlete of the Year (2000) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, EUROMECH (European Mechanics Society), the Society of Engineering Science, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.


Research Overview: 

Oscar Lopez-Pamies is interested in the mechanics and physics of heterogeneous materials with a particular emphasis on soft-matter systems. He focuses on the development of mathematical theories to describe, explain, and predict the macroscopic behavior and stability of these materials directly in terms of their microscopic behavior. Specific areas of recent interest include the development of mathematical models for the mechanical response and failure of reinforced elastomers, foams, and block copolymers. Other areas of recent focus include the study of electroactive and magnetoactive elastomeric composites and instabilities in finitely deformed solids such as cavitation and geometric instabilities in rubbery material systems.