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Robert L. Lowe

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Email: Robert Lowe
Phone: 937-229-5334
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Kettering Laboratories Room 365 G


Professor Lowe’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of mechanics, materials, structures, and computational modeling. A particular focus of his research group is the large-deformation, multi-physics constitutive modeling of advanced materials — including soft piezoelectrics, dielectric elastomers, and additively manufactured (3D-printed) elastomers and metals. His group's constitutive models are typically implemented within analytical and/or in-house/commercial computational tools to enable predictive simulations of component/structural-level deformation and failure. These novel predictive tools, and the basic scientific advancements that underpin them, are ultimately brought to bear in emerging applications and technologies. Professor Lowe is the author of numerous technical publications and co-author of the textbook Fundamentals of Continuum Mechanics.

Selected Publications

  • Cooley, C. G., & Lowe, R. L. (2021). Unusual nonlinear frequency response in circular dielectric elastomer membranes excited by fluctuating through-thickness voltages. Submitted.
  • Seidt, J. D., Park, C.-K., Buyuk, M., Lowe, R. L., Wang, L., Carney, K. S., Du Bois, P., Gilat, A., & Kan, C.-D. (2021). An experimental investigation of the influence of the state of stress on the ductile fracture of 2024-T351 aluminum. Submitted.
  • Cooley, C. G., & Lowe, R. L. (2021). In-plane nonlinear vibration of circular dielectric elastomer membranes with extreme stretchability. Submitted.
  • Bielefeldt, B., Beblo, R., Deaton, J., Lawson, K., & Lowe, R. (2021). Exploring a multiscale topology optimization design space using a parametric L-system approach. Submitted.
  • Lowe, R. L., Beckett, J. G., Cooley, C. G., Bai, Z., & Kladitis, P. E. (2021). Soft piezoelectric composites: Synthesis, electro-elastic property characterization, and non-linear constitutive modeling. Accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the ASME 2021 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition.
  • Ul Hosna Meem, A., Rudolph, K., Cox, A., Andwan, A., Osborn, T., & Lowe, R. (2021). Impact of process parameters on the tensile properties of DLP additively manufactured ELAST-BLK 10 UV-Curable Elastomer. In Proceedings of the ASME 2021 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, 85079, paper ID: MSEC2021-64002, V002T06A031.
  • Yang, L. X., Yang, L. B., & Lowe, R. L. (2021). A viscoelasticity model for polymers: Time, temperature, and hydrostatic pressure dependent Young’s modulus and Poisson’s ratio across transition temperatures and pressures. Mechanics of Materials, 157, 103839.
  • Spulak, N., Lowe, R. L., Seidt, J. D., Gilat, A., Park, C. K., & Carney, K. F. (2020). Ductile fracture under in-plane biaxial tension and out-of-plane compression. International Journal of Solids and Structures 202, 234-242.
  • Whitney, T. J., Elsbrock, A. R., & Lowe, R. L. (2020). High speed puncture properties of additively manufactured ULTEM 9085 exposed to hot/wet conditions. In Proceedings of the American Society for Composites – Thirty-Fifth Technical Conference on Composite Materials, DEStech Publications, Inc., 121-134.
  • Lowe, R. L., Hoover, L. D., & Negri, C. A. (2020). Experimental design for negative triaxialities: Ductile fracture under combined uniaxial tension and hydrostatic pressure. In Proceedings of the 16th International LS-DYNA Conference

Courses Taught

  • EGR 201 – Mechanics I (Statics)
  • MEE 312 – Engineering Materials
  • MEE 312L – Materials Laboratory
  • MEE 460 – Engineering Analysis
  • EGM 503 – Introduction to Continuum Mechanics
  • MEE 590 – Mechanics of Soft Materials


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2015
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2005
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University, 2003

Professional Activities

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Engineering Science (SES)
  • United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Sigma Xi (scientific research) honor society

Research Interests

  • Mechanics of soft smart materials, including soft piezoelectrics and dielectric elastomers
  • Mechanics of additively manufactured (3D-printed) materials, from metals to soft materials
  • Plastic deformation and ductile fracture of aerospace metals
  • Constitutive modeling
  • Computational mechanics and the finite-element method
  • Structural analysis and vibrations/wave propagation