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Michael J. Taylor


Michael's research is in the area of computational solid mechanics with a focus on finite elasticity, the mechanics of thin films and membranes, and parallel computing. Recent projects include modeling rupture in biomembranes and the design and analysis of auxetic metamaterials.

Michael has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley. Prior to joining SCU, Michael was a Mechanical Specialist at Northrop Grumman Marine Systems (Sunnyvale, CA) working on the structural dynamics of missile launching systems and developing analysis software. This was followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which included research into auxetic structures for gas turbine applications for Rolls-Royce Energy (now a part of Siemens).

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MECH 141: Mechanical Vibrations

MECH 151: Finite Element Theory & Applications

MECH/AMTH 202: Advanced Engineering Mathematics

MECH 294: Introduction to Computational Mechanics

MECH 334: Elasticity Theory



M. Taylor, M. Shirani, Y. Dabiri, J.M. Guccione, and D.J. Steigmann, Finite elastic wrinkling deformations of incompressible fiber-reinforced plates, Int. J. Eng. Sci., 144, 103138 (2019).

L. Francesconi, A. Baldi, G. Dominguez, and M. Taylor, An Investigation of the enhanced fatigue performance of low-porosity auxetic metamaterials, Exp. Mech., (in press). 

A. Gupta, I. Gözen, and M. Taylor, A cellular automaton for modeling non-trivial biomembrane ruptures, Soft Matter, 15, 4178-4186 (2019).

L. Francesconi, A. Baldi, X. Liang, F. Aymerich, and M. Taylor, Variable Poisson’s ratio materials for globally stable static and dynamic compression resistance, Extreme Mech. Lett., 26, 1-7 (2019).

L. Francesconi, M. Taylor, and A. Baldi, An Investigation of Stress Concentration, Crack Nucleation, and Fatigue Life of Thin Low Porosity Metallic Auxetic Structures, Fracture, Fatigue , Failure and Damage Evolution, Vol. 6, Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Springer, 65-71 (2019).

M. Taylor, L. Francesconi, A. Baldi, X. Liang, and F. Aymerich, A Novel Auxetic Structure with Enhanced Impact Performance by Means of Periodic Tessellation with Variable Poisson’s Ratio, Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Vol. 1, Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Springer, 211-218 (2019).

L. Francesconi, M. Taylor, K. Bertoldi, and A. Baldi, Static and Modal Analysis of Low Porosity Thin Metallic Auxetic Structures Using Speckle Interferometry and Digital Image Correlation, Experimetnal Mechanics, Exp. Mech., 58(2), 283-300 (2018).

L. Francesconi, M. Taylor, K. Bertoldi, and A. Baldi, Numerical and Experimental Eigenmode Analysis of Low Porosity Auxetic Structures, Advancement of Optical Methods in Experimental Mechanics, Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Springer, 335-341 (2017). 

M. Taylor, I. Gözen, S. Patel, A. Jesorka, and K. Bertoldi, Peridynamic modeling of rupture in biomembranes, PLoS ONE 11(11):e0165947 (2016).

M. Taylor and D.J. Steigmann, A two-dimensional peridynamic model for thin plates, Math. Mech. Solids, 20(8), 998-1010 (2015).

M. Taylor, B. Davidovitch, Z. Qiu, and K. Bertoldi, A comparative analysis of numerical approaches to the mechanics of elastic sheets, J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 79, 92-107 (2015).

Z. Qin, M. Taylor, M. Hwang, K. Bertoldi, and M.J. Buehler, Effect of Wrinkles on the Surface Area of Graphene: Toward the Design of Nanoelectronics, Nano Lett, 14(11), 6520-6525 (2014).

E.F. Haynes and M. Taylor, An assessment of acoustic contrast between long and short vowels using convex hulls, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 2, 883-891 (2014). 

M. Taylor, K. Bertoldi, and D.J. Steigmann, Spatial resolution of wrinkle patterns in thin elastic sheets at finite strain, J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 62, 163-180 (2014).

M. Taylor, L. Francesconi, M. Gerendas, A. Shanian, C. Carson, and K. Bertoldi, Low porosity metallic periodic structures with negative Poisson’s ratio, Adv. Mater., 26, 15, 2365-2370 (2014).

M. Taylor and D.J. Steigmann, Simulation of laminated thermoelastic membranes, J. Thermal Stresses, 32, 448-476 (2009). 

M. Taylor and D.J. Steigmann, Entropic thermoelasticity of thin polymeric films, Acta Mechanica,183,1-22 (2006).

Michael Taylor

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering