Lectures & Seminars

“Numerical Simulations of a Dynamically Propagating Crack with a Nonlinear Cohesive Zone,” February 24, 1999, invited seminar, Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Aberdeen (MD).

“Numerical Simulations of a Dynamically Propagating Crack with a Nonlinear Cohesive Zone,” April 4, 1999, invited seminar, Aerospace Engineering Department, Texas A&M University.

“Interactive Dynamics: A Model for Team-Based, Computer-Enhanced Learning,” April 10, 1999, invited seminar, ECSEL Coalition, Texas A&M University.

“Continuum Mechanics Approach to the Development of Constitutive Theories for Cohesive Zone Models,” May 1999, invited seminar, Deparment of Structural Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy.

“Propagazione Dinamica di una Frattura in Regime Stazionario dipendente dalla Temper- atura,” May 25, 2001, invited seminar, Facoltà di Ingegneria, University of Trento, Trento, Italy.

“On the definition of effective stress and strain for large deformation homogenization problems . . . and their relations to molecular dynamics,” October 20, 2003, Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University.

“On the Cohesive Zone Modeling of Cracks,” November 3, 2004, invited seminar, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University.

“On Stress-Deformation Behavior of Particle Systems,” September 23, 2005, invited seminar, Department of Mathematics, Penn State University.

“Space-Time FEM for Modeling Dynamic Fracture in Thermo-Elastic Materials with Cohesive Zones,” April 5, 2005, invited seminar, AFOSR, Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM.

“ADiscontinuousGalerkinSpace-TimeFormulationforLinearElasto-DynamicsWithMoving Surfaces of Discontinuities,” December 8, 2005, invited seminar, Department of Mathematics, The University of California-Berkeley.

“On Stress-Deformation Behavior of Particle Systems—An introduction for classically trained mechanicians to computing mechanical properties via molecular dynamics,” June 08, 2006, invited seminar, Department of Structural Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy.

“A Continuum Homogenization Approach to the Determination of the Stress Response of Nanoscale Systems via Molecular Dynamics”, March 22, 2007, invited seminar, Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering, University of Trento, Trento, Italy.

“Distributional Body Force Densities in Finite Element Approximations of Continuum Me- chanics Problems, ” April 17, 2007, invited seminar presented by L. Heltai,∗ Center for Computational Mathematics and Applications, Department of Mathematics, Penn State Uni- versity.

“Finite Element Implementation of a Linear Thermoelastic Material with Damage”, April 24, 2007, invited seminar presented by J. S. Pitt,∗ Center for Computational Mathematics and Applications, Department of Mathematics, Penn State University.

“A Discontinuous Galerkin Space-Time Formulation for Linear Elastodynamics with Moving Surfaces of Strain Discontinuity,” May 8, 2007, invited seminar, Center for Computational Mathematics and Applications, Department of Mathematics, Penn State University.

“A Brittle Damage Model in Thermoelastodynamics: Theory and Simulation”, April 15, 2008, invited seminar presented by J. S. Pitt,† International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy.

“Damage Mechanics in Brittle Graphite: Theory and Simulation”, April 16, 2008, invited talk, Center of Excellence in Structural Health Monitoring, Penn State University.

“On the Cohesive Zone Modeling of Cracks,”, April 23, 2008, invited seminar, Interdisciplinary Seminar on PDEs and their Applications, Mathematics and Statistics Department, Penn State Altoona.

“Formulation of An Unconditionally Stable Space-Time Discontinuous Galerkin Method for Linear Thermo-Elasto-Dynamics with Propagating Weak Discontinuities,” July, 7, 2008, in- vited seminar, International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy.

“Damage Mechanics: an Overview,” July 10, 2008, invited talk given at the Ben Franklin Center of Excellence in Structural Health Monitoring, Penn State University.

“An Unconditionally Stable Space–Time Discontinuous Galerkin Method for Linear Thermo- Elasto-Dynamics with Propagating Weak Discontinuities,” September 30, 2009, Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, The Pennsylvania State University.

“An Unconditionally Stable Space–Time Discontinuous Galerkin Method for Linear Thermo- Elasto-Dynamics with Propagating Weak Discontinuities,” May 25, 2010, invited seminar, Department of Structural Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy.

“Replacement of the Laplace Law for Simple Assessments of the Elastic Properties of the Esophagus”, invited seminar, May 25, 2011, International School for Advanced Studies, Tri- este, Italy.

“Replacement of the Laplace Law for Simple Assessments of the Elastic Properties of the Esophagus”, invited seminar, May 30, 2011, MOX/Department of Mathematics, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.

“The Misuse of the Laplace Law for Estimating Stiffness of Biological Vessels and an Alter- native Method,” August 31, 2011, invited seminar, Department of Mathematics, The Penn- sylvania State University.

“The Misuse of the Laplace Law for Estimating Stiffness of Biological Vessels and an Alter- native Method,” September 29, 2012, Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, The Pennsylvania State University.

“Variational Implementation of Immersed Finite Element Methods,” March 30, 2012, invited seminar, Department of Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University.

“The Misuse of the Laplace Law for Estimating Stiffness of Biological Vessels and an Alterna- tive Method,” April 3, 2012, invited seminar, Department of Physics, Lock Haven University.

“Overview of Current Fluid-Structure Interaction Problems in Brain Biomechanics,” June 7, 2013, Workshop on Perspectives on Fluid-Structure Interaction in the Nervous System, Center for Neural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University.

“An Immersed Finite Element Method for Fluid-Structure Interaction Problems and Ap- plications to Hydrocephalus”, October 10, 2013, invited seminar, Fluid Dynamics Seminar Series—Fluid Dynamics Research Consortium, The Pennsylvania State University.

“Computational Support for Brain Biomechanics at the PSU CNE: A Progress Report,” in- vited seminar, Center for Neural Engineering Seminar Series, December 3, 2014, The Penn- sylvania State University.

“Flow and Transport in Brain,” invited seminar, Penn State/Politecnico di Milano Workshop on Bridging and Enhancing Biomedical Engineering Research Through a Penn State and Politecnico di Milano Consortium, January 18–21, 2015, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy.

“Fluid Structure Interaction: Applications in the Brain and Microacoustofluidics,” Millen- nium Café, Millennium Science Complex — Penn State, University Park, PA, 2 June 2015.

“Numerical Techniques for the Study of Flow and Transport Problems in Brain,” Graduate Seminar Series, Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, State College, December 9, 2015.

∗Post-doctoral fellow working under Prof. Costanzo’s supervision.

∗Ph.D. candidate working under Prof. Costanzo’s supervision.