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Dr. Marc Zupan

Fulbright ScholarZupan-1
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250

Phone: (410) 455-6822
Office: ENGR225L

Visiting Professor

Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP)
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias,  4200-465 Porto


Post Doctoral, NSF International Research Fellow, Micromechanics Centre, University of Cambridge 2000-2003
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 2001
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1997
B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton, 1995

Employment History

2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar
2012-present Visting Professor, Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica, FEUP
2009-present Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UMBC
2008-present Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division Special Research Faculty
2008 American Society for Engineering Education Research Fellow
2003-2009 Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UMBC
2002-2003 University of Cambridge, Academic Associate, Pembroke College

Research Interest

Specific interests include microscale specimen testing, engineered micro-architecture multifunctional material topologies, disparate phase materials, cellular solids, cork cellular solids, friction stir welding, carbon nanotube infused multi-length scale composites, ductile fracture and stress triaxiality effects on response.

UMBC MicroMaterials Characterization Laboratory
My research team focuses on Interdisciplinary research on the micromechanics of materials and structures in order to develop new materials and improve existing ones. Research aimed at experimental characterization of macroscopic behavior and predicting material response (numerical and analytical modeling).  This involves the application of mechanics to the most appropriate or across length scales and the use of analytical and numerical methods to compute the macroscopic response. This science-based approach enables design lead optimization of new materials shortening routine experimentation. Optimum microstructures can be forecast rather than found by trial and error.

Honors and Awards

2010 Scipta Materialia Manuscript Reviewer Award
2008 UMBC Scientific Photography Contest 1st Place with H. Malecki
2006 Scipta Materialia Manuscript Reviewer Award
2002 NSF International Research Fellow
1998 MRS”Ordered Intermetallics VIII”, best poster award
1998 NSF Engineering Education Scholars Program
1997 Second International Symposium on Structural Intermetallics, best poster award

Classes Taught at UMBC

ENME301 Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials
ENME301H Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials (Honors)
ENME332L Mechanical Behavior of Deformable Solids
ENME332H Mechanical Behavior of Deformable Solids (Honors)
ENME472 Materials and Processes for Micro/Nanoscale systems
ENME815J Materials and Processes for Micro/Nanoscale systems (Graduate)

Selected Publications

Storck, S., Malecki, H., Shah T., & Zupan M. (2011) Improvements in interlaminar strength: A carbon nanotube approach, Composites: Part B, 42 1508-1516

Scheck, C. and Zupan, M. (2011) Ductile fracture evaluated through micro-computed X-ray tomography, Scripta Materialia, 65 1041-1044

Fleischer, C. A., & Zupan, M. (2010) Mechanical performance of pumice reinforced epoxy composites, Journal of Composite Materials,  Vol. 44, No. 23, 2679-2696

Markkula, S. Storck, S., & Zupan, M. (2009). Compressive behavior of pyramidal, tetrahedral and strut-reinforced tetrahedral ABS and electroplated cellular solids. Advanced Engineering Materials, 11 No. 1-2, 56-62

Nagappa, S., Zorman, C.A., Zupan, M. (2008). Mechanical characterization of chemical- vapor- deposited thin film 3C polycrystalline silicon carbide, Scripta Materialia, 995-998.

Wang, R., Ma, R., & Zupan, M. (2006). Modeling of chemical vapor deposition of large-area silicon carbide thin film. Crystal Growth and Design, 6(11), 2592-2597.

Rice, M.C., Fleischer, C.A., & Zupan, M. (2006). Study on the collapse of pin-reinforced foam sandwich panel cores, Experimental Mechanics, 46, 197-204, 2006.

Zupan, M., Deshpande, V.S., & Fleck, N.A. (2004). The collapse of woven core sandwich beams. European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids, 23, 411-421.

Zupan, M., & Hemker, K.J. (2003). Yielding behavior of aluminum-rich single crystalline gamma-TiAl. Acta Materialia, 51(20), 6277-6290.

Zupan, M., Ashby, M.F., Fleck, N.A. (2002). Actuator classification and selection – the development of a database, Journal of Advanced Engineering Materials, 4(12), 933-940.

Zupan, M., & Hemker, K.J. (2002). Application of fourier transform to the interferometric strain/displacement gage. Experimental Mechanics, 42(12), 214-221.

Zupan, M., Hayden, M.J., Boehlert, C.J., & Hemker, K.J. (2001). Development of high temperature microsample testing, Experimental Mechanics, 41(3), 242-247.