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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 365G


  • 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, soft multiferroics, and additively manufactured (3D-printed) elastomers and metals. Our constitutive models are typically implemented within in-house or commercial computational tools (e.g., explicit finite-element codes) to enable predictive numerical 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 (with Prof. Steve Bechtel, Ohio State). 

Selected Publications

  • Spulak, N., Lowe, R. L., Seidt, J. D., Gilat, A., Park, C. K., & Carney, K. F.  Ductile fracture under in-plane biaxial tension and out-of-plane compression.  Submitted.
  • Lowe, R. L., Tari, H., Dapino, M. J., & Bechtel, S. E.  A finite-strain magneto-electro-elastic framework for modeling soft multiferroic magnetoelectric materials.  Submitted.
  • Lowe, R. L., & Cooley, C. G. (2019).  A Newtonian mechanics formulation for the vibration of translating and rotating elastic continua.  Journal of Vibration and Control, 25(10), 1639-1652.
  • Whitney, T. J., Elsbrock, A.R.  & Lowe, R. L. (2019). Instrumented impact behavior of ULTEM 9085 panels produced by additive manufacturing.  In Proceedings of the Twenty-Second International Conference on Composite Materials.
  • Hripko, B., Hoover, L., Darsini, P., Reissman, T., & Lowe, R. (2019). FDM 3D-printed thermoplastic elastomers: Experiments, modeling, and influence of process parameters on properties.  In Proceedings of the 2019 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition, paper ID: IMECE2019-11615, V02AT02A058.
  • Spulak, N., Lowe, R. L., Seidt, J. D., & Gilat, A. (2018). Failure testing under in-plane biaxial tension and out-of-plane compression.  In J. Carroll et al., (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2018 Society of Experimental Mechanics Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, 6: Fracture, Fatigue, Failure and Damage Evolution, 17-19, Springer.
  • Lowe, R. L., Lin, P.-H., Yu, S.-T. J., & Bechtel, S. E. (2016).  An Eulerian model for nonlinear waves in elastic rods, solved numerically by the CESE method.  International Journal of Solids and Structures, 94-95, pp. 179-195.
  • Islam, M. Z., Mahboob, M., & Lowe, R. L. (2016). Mechanical properties of defective carbon nanotube/polyethylene nanocomposites: A molecular dynamics simulation study.  Polymer Composites, 37(1), 305-314.
  • Lowe, R. L., Seidt, J. D., & Gilat, A. (2016). Characterization of the Lode = -1 Meridian on the Al-2024 Failure Surface for *MAT_224 in LS-DYNA.  In Proceedings of the 14th International LS-DYNA Users 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 soft multiferroics
  • Mechanics of additively manufactured (3D-printed) materials, from metals to elastomers
  • Constitutive modeling
  • Computational mechanics and the finite-element method
  • Structural analysis and vibrations/wave propagation