John E Dolbow
Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Professor John E. Dolbow came to Duke University from Northwestern University, where he received an MS and PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. During the course of his graduate study, John was a Computational Science Graduate Fellow for the Department of Energy, and he spent a summer working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Dolbow's research concerns the development of computational methods for nonlinear problems in solid mechanics. In particular, he is interested in modeling quasi-static and dynamic fracture of structural components, the evolution of interfaces with nonlinear constitutive laws, and developing models for stimulus-responsive hydrogels. A native of New Hampshire, Dr. Dolbow received his Bachelor's Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
- Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Professor in the Department of Mathematics
- Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
- Professor of Mathematics
- Bass Fellow
- Office Location: 319 Gross Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5202
- Email Address: email@example.com
- Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1999
- M.S. Northwestern University, 1998
- B.S.M.E. University of New Hampshire, 1995
Modeling quasi-static and dynamic fracture of structural components, the evolution of interfaces with nonlinear constitutive laws, and developing models for stimulus-responsive hydrogels
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- R. H. Gallagher Young Investigator Award. U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics. 2005
- Young Researcher Fellowship Award. First MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics. 2001
- Robert J. Melosh Medal, Best Student Paper in Finite Element Analysis. Duke University. 1999
- Computational Science Graduate Fellow. U.S. Department of Energy. 1997
- Highest Technical Content Award. ASME Regional Student Conference. 1995
- Walter P. Murphy Graduate Fellowship. Northwestern University. 1995
- Presidential Scholar. University of New Hampshire. 1991
- CEE 530: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
- CEE 622: Fracture Mechanics
- ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 524: Introduction to the Finite Element Method
- ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
- ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training
- MENG 550: Master of Engineering Internship/Project
- MENG 551: Master of Engineering Internship/Project Assessment
In the News
- Dolbow Named Assistant VP for Research (Apr 17, 2020)
- Hu, T; Dolbow, JE; Yosibash, Z, Towards validation of crack nucleation criteria from V-notches in quasi-brittle metallic alloys: Energetics or strength?, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (2022) [10.1016/j.cma.2022.115419] [abs].
- Talamini, B; Tupek, MR; Stershic, AJ; Hu, T; Foulk, JW; Ostien, JT; Dolbow, JE, Attaining regularization length insensitivity in phase-field models of ductile failure, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 384 (2021) [10.1016/j.cma.2021.113936] [abs].
- Geelen, R; Plews, J; Dolbow, J, Scale-bridging with the extended/generalized finite element method for linear elastodynamics, Computational Mechanics, vol 68 no. 2 (2021), pp. 295-310 [10.1007/s00466-021-02032-2] [abs].
- Hu, T; Guilleminot, J; Dolbow, JE, A phase-field model of fracture with frictionless contact and random fracture properties: Application to thin-film fracture and soil desiccation, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 368 (2020) [10.1016/j.cma.2020.113106] [abs].
- Geelen, R; Plews, J; Tupek, M; Dolbow, J, An extended/generalized phase-field finite element method for crack growth with global-local enrichment, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, vol 121 no. 11 (2020), pp. 2534-2557 [10.1002/nme.6318] [abs].
Honors and Awards
- R. H. Gallagher Young Investigator Award, U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, 2005.
- Young Researcher Fellowship Award, First MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, 2001
- Robert J. Melosh Award for the Best Student Paper in Finite Element Analysis, Duke University, 1999
- Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow, 1997-1999
- Walter P. Murphy Graduate Fellowship, Northwestern University, 1995-1996
- Presidential Scholar, University of New Hampshire, 1991-1995
- ASME Regional Student Conference Highest Technical Content Award, 1995
Professional and Service Activities
- Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Professional Member, American Academy of Mechanics
- Professional Member, Society for Engineering Science
- Member, United States Association for Computational Mechanics
- Member, Tau Beta Pi, The National Engineering Honor Society
- Minisymposium Organizer (with T. Laursen) and Session Chairman, Sixth U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Dearborn, MI, August 1-3,2001. Minisymposium Title: Computational Mechanics of Sharp Fronts and Interfaces
- Minisymposium Organizer (with S. De and S. Idelsohn) and Session Chairman, First MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, Boston, MA, June 12-15,2001. Minisymposium Title: Meshless Techniques
- Reviewer for the following archival journals: Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Computers and Structures Engineering Fracture Mechanics Finite Elements in Analysis and Design International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering International Journal of Numerical Methods in Fluids International Journal of Solids and Structures