Horacio D. Espinosa

James N. and Nancy J. Farley Professor in Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship

Director, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Program

2145 Sheridan Road

Tech L286

Evanston, IL 60208-3109

(847) 467-5989
espinosa( at )northwestern.edu


Ph.D. Solid Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

M.Sc. Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

M.Sc. Solid Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

M.Sc. Structural Engineering, Polytechnic of Milan, Milan, Italy

Civil Engineering, Magma Cum Laude, six-year professional degree, Northeast National University, Corrientes/ Resistencia, Argentina

Research Interests

Horacio D. Espinosa is the James and Nancy Farley Professor of Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Brown University in 1992. Professor Espinosa has made contributions in the areas of dynamic failure of advanced materials, micro, and nanomechanics. He is a foreign member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Russian Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of AAM, ASME, and SEM. He received numerous awards and honors including the Society for Experimental Mechanics LAZAN, HETENYI and SIA NEMAT-NASSER awards. He was the Timoshenko visiting Professor at Stanford University in 2011, President of the Society of Engineering Science in 2012, and was recently appointed to two committees of the National Academies, the Panel on Materials Science and Engineering to advise the Army Research Lab, and the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Significant Recognition

  • Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering, 2011-present
  • Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (elected), 2010
  • Member, U.S. National Committee of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2010-present
  • Member of the Society of Engineering Science Board of Directors (elected), 2008-present
  • Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2008
  • Lazan Medal, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2008
  • SES Young Investigator Medal, Society of Engineering Science, 2007
  • Hetenyi Award, Society of Experimental Mechanics, 2005
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2004
  • Junior Award, American Academy of Mechanics, 2002
  • Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics, 2001
  • ASME, Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division, Appreciation Award, 2001
  • ONR-Young Investigator Award, 1997
  • NSF-CAREER Award, 1996

Significant Professional Service

  • President, Society of Engineering Science, 2012-present
  • Founding Principal Editor of Materials Research Communications, 2011-present
  • Co-Editor of the Wiley Book Series on Micro and Nanotechnologies, 2009-present
  • Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Experimental Mechanics, 2006-2010
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Mechanics, 2003-2009
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Mechanics, 2002-2006
  • Editor of Mechanics a publication of the American Academy of Mechanics, 1998- 2004
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, 2010-present
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Laboratory Automation, 2007-present
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of Mechanical Engineering (IREME), 2007-present

In the Classroom

Professor Espinosa has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Experiments in Micro/Nano Science and Engineering, Experimental Engineering, Elasticity, Damage and Inelasticity of Advanced Materials, Advanced Computational Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, and Aircraft Structures.

His teaching philosophy addresses issues that require particular attention in modern education: (a) the increasingly international world of business and markets; (b) the technological advances that are continuously raising the speed at which information is obtained and transmitted; and (c) the dynamics of the job market that makes likely that most individuals will enjoy several careers in their lifetime. It is his view that a student-centered curriculum in which the student takes responsibility for her or his education rather than a rigid and static core curriculum is the best choice for the future. Such a curriculum maximizes multidisciplinary course work, independent study and research (honor degrees), and encourages experimentation and intellectual expansion.

Selected Publications

  • et al.; An, Zhi; Buehler, Markus J.; Nguyen, Sonbinh T.; Beese, Allison M., “Bio-inspired carbon nanotube-polymer composite yarns with hydrogen bond-mediated lateral interactions”, ACS Nano, (2013)
  • An, Zhi; Buehler, Markus J.; Nguyen, Sonbinh T.; Naraghi, Mohammad; Espinosa, Horacio D., “Atomistic investigation of load transfer between DWNT bundles "crosslinked" by PMMA oligomers”, Advanced Functional Materials, (2013)
  • Espinosa, Horacio D.; Kang, Wonmo; Yavari, Fazel; Minary-Jolandan, Majid; Giraldo-Vela, Juan P., “Nanofountain probe electroporation (NFP-E) of single cells”, Nano Letters, (2013)
  • Horacio D. Espinosa and Gang Bao, “Nano and Cell Mechanics: Fundamentals and Frontiers”, Wiley; ISBN-10: 1118460391, (2013)
  • Espinosa, Horacio D.; Filleter, Tobin; Bernal, Rodrigo A., “In situ TEM electromechanical testing of nanowires and nanotubes”, Small, (2012)
  • Espinosa, H. D.; Bernal, R. A.; Minary-Jolandan, M., “A Review of Mechanical and Electromechanical Properties of Piezoelectric Nanowires”, Advanced Materials, (2012)
  • H. D. Espinosa, T. Filleter and M. Naraghi, “Multiscale Experimental Mechanics of Hierarchical Carbon-Based Materials”, Advanced Materials, (2012)
  • O. Y. Loh and H. D. Espinosa, “Nanoelectromechanical contact switches”, Nature Nanotechnology, (2012)
  • Huang, J.; Espinosa, H. D.; Bernal, R. A.; Filleter, T.; Li, S., “Nucleation-Controlled Distributed Plasticity in Penta-twinned Silver Nanowires”, Small, (2012)
  • Ravi Agrawal;Horacio D. Espinosa, “Giant Piezoelectric Size Effects in Zinc Oxide and Gallium Nitride Nanowires. A First Principles Investigation”, Nano Letters, (2011)
  • HD Espinosa;AL Juster;FJ Latourte;OY Loh;D Gregoire;PD Zavattieri, “Tablet-level origin of toughening in abalone shells and translation to synthetic composite materials”, Nature Communications, (2011)
  • Mohammad Naraghi;Tobin Filleter;Alexander Moravsky;Mark Locascio;Raouf O. Loutfy;Horacio D. Espinosa, “A Multiscale Study of High Performance Double-Walled Nanotube-Polymer Fibers”, Acs Nano, (2010)

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