Principal Investigator

Addis Kidane, Ph.D --- Curriculum Vitae

Director of DBMML
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina
300 Main Street, Room A132, Columbia, SC 29208
Tel: 803-777-2502 | Fax: 803-777-0106 | Email:

University of South Carolina, Columbia SC
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, (8/2017-Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, (8/2011-8/2017)
    California Institute of Technology
    , Pasadena CA
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, 2009-2011
    (Research Advisor Dr. G. Ravichandran)
    University of Rhode Island
    , Kingston RI
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2006-2009
    (Research Advisor: Dr. Arun Shukla)
    Indian Institute of Technology
    , Bombay, India
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Aerospace Engineering, 2003-2005
    (Research Advisor: Dr. N. K. Naik)

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, (08/ 2009) The University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI, Advisor: Dr. Arun Shukla Dissertation Title: An experimental and analytical study of functionally graded materials under thermo- mechanical dynamic loading
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, (08/2005) Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India Advisor: Dr. N. K. Naik Thesis: Mechanical behavior of composites under high strain rate shear loading
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, (11/ 2001) DEC, Debrezeit, Ethiopia

  • The James W. Dally Young Investigator Award , SEM, 2018
  • The Peterson Award , SEM’s Best Paper Award for the Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials, 2018
  • Breakthrough Stars, the Office of the Vice President for Research, 2018
  • Young Investigator Research Award, College of Engineering and Computing, the UofSC, 2017
  • ORR Early Career Award, ASME, Materials Division, 2016
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, AFOSR, 2014
  • Haythornthwaite Research Initiation Grants, the ASME Applied Mechanics Division, 2013
  • Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE) Award, NSF, 2013
  • ASPIRE III Awards, University of South Carolina,(2012)
  • Certificate of Excellence, Indian Institute of Technology,for outstanding contribution, 2005
  • Certificate of Merit, Aerospace Engineering Association, IIT Bombay, India, Excellent student paper presentation, 2005
  • Progressive damage in composites
  • Functionally graded materials, multifunctional nano-composites
  • Mechanics of materials at extreme conditions
  • High strain and High temperature Digital Image correlation
  • Polymer nano-composites
  • Non-parametric study and inverse analysis
  • Dynamic fracture
  • Summer visiting researcher, Sandia National Laboratory, May 21 − June 14, 2012.

  • Optimal Functionally Graded Cellular Materials (FGCMs) to Mitigate Shock and Impact Loading. Role sole PI, $390, 225.00, 2018-2020, ARO.
  • Progressive Damage Analysis in composites, Role Co-PI, Zafer Gurdal (PI), $1,564,579,2017-2019, NASA.
  • High Energy Dynamic Impact, Role: Co-PI, Zafer Gurdal (PI), NASA, $1,285,700, 2017-2019.
  • Acquisition of State-of-the-Art 3D Dynamic Deformation Measurement System and Stereo-Microscope for Macro- to Micro-scale Studies with 200 Nano-second Temporal Resolution, (DURIP) AFOSR, Role PI with Dr. Michael Sutton (CO-PI) $558,165 , 2016-2017.
  • Developing a Robust, Non-contacting, Digital Image Correlation Based Full-field Strain Measurement System for High Temperature Applications, SBRI, AFRL, $50,000 07/30/2015-04/25/2016
  • On the Failure of PIVIDI Foams Subjected to Shock Loading, Sandia National Laboratories/DOE, Sole PI, $50,000, 06/01/2014-09/30/2014
  • Quantification of the meso-scale deformation of engineered and energetic materials, Young Investigator Award, AFOSR, Sole PI, $360,000, Sep 1, 2014 - August 31, 2017.
  • Developing Tunable and Lightweight Material Systems Using Woodpile Phononic Crystals, NASA, PI, $60,000. October 18, 2013- October 17, 2014
  • A Novel 3D Full-Field Deformation Measurement at a Temperature Higher Than 1000 oC, ASME Applied Mechanics Division, SOle PI , $20,000
  • Effect of Microstructure and Interface Layer on the Fracture and Thermal Behavior of Nanocomposites, National Science Foundation (NSF), Sole PI, $174,986, 10/01/2014-09/31/2016.
  • High Strain Rate Characterization of Foams Using Shock Tube, Sandia National Laboratories/DOE, Sole PI, $34,000, 06/01/2013-09/30/2013
  • High temperature hot pressing for advanced, aerospace, nuclear, biomedical and fuel cell material processing, the Office of the Vice President for Research USC, PI, $93,130, 05/ 16/2012 - 08/15/2013.


  • Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM), (2007-present)
  • American Society of Composites (ASC) (2011-present)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2011-present)


  • A. Tessema, A. Kidane, Cross-property interaction between Stiffness, Damage and Thermal Conductivity in Particulate Nanocomposite, Polymer Testing, 64: 127-135, 2017.
  • S. Ravindran, A. Tessema, A. Kidane, Multiscale damage evolution mechanisms in polymer bonded sugars under dynamic loading, Mechanics of Materials, 114, 97-106, 2017 (One of the most downloaded paper in November, 2017)
  • B. Koohbor*, S. Ravindran* and A. Kidane , Effects of Cell-Wall Instability and Local Failure on the Response of Closed-Cell Polymeric Foams Subjected to Dynamic Loading, Mechanics of Materials,1-10, 2017
  • S. Ravindran* A. Tessema* and A. Kidane, Note: Dynamic meso-scale full field surface deformation meseauerment of heterogeneous materials, Review of Scientific Instrumentation, 87 (3): 036108: 2016
  • B. Koohbor*, S. Ravindran* and A.Kidane, Meso-scale study of non-linear tensile response and fiber trellising mechanisms in woven composites, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites DOI: 10. 1177 /0731684416633771, 2016
  • B. Koohbor*, A. Kidane, W. LU, M. A. Sutton, Investigation of the Dynamic Stress-Strain Response of Compressible Polymeric Foam Using non-paramteric analysis, International Journal of Impact Engningeering, 91: 170 - 182, 2016
  • S. Ravindran*, A. Tessema*, A. Kidane, Local deformation and failure mechanisms of polymer bonded energetic materials subjected to high strain rate loading" Journal Dynamic Behavior of Materials. (DOI: 10.1007/s40870-016-0051-9), 2016
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