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Ange-Therese Akono

Adjunct Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109


Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Ph. D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2013)
M. Sc. In Civil and Environmental Engineering (2011)

Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France)
Ingenieur Polytechnicien (2011)
(Equivalent M.Eng. in Science, Technology, Society and Innovation)
Ingenieur Diplome de l’Ecole Polytechnique  (2008)
(Equivalent B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering)


Selected by the ASCE as a 2016 New Faces of Civil Engineering – Professionals Honoree, Dr. Akono holds a Ph.D. (2013) and a M.Sc. (2011) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States) along with a M.Sc. (2009) from the École Polytechnique (France). Prof. Akono is a seasoned researcher with many years of experience in the field of theoretical and applied mechanics with an emphasis on heterogeneous materials, cementitious materials and organic-inorganic composites. Prof. Akono has authored several seminal papers and she has been a speaker at multiple national and international conferences on the topic of micro and nano-scale mechanical characterization and constitutive modelling of structural composites.

Dr. Akono’s honors include a fellowship from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (Urbana, 2016), a Collins Scholar Award from the College of Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, 2015), the Total-MIT Energy Initiative Fellowship (United States, 2009-2010), the Fondation de l’Ecole Polytechnique Excellence Fellowship (France, 2007-2009), and the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, (Cameroon, 2004).

Dr. Akono is a member of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society and an Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Furthermore, she serves as a reviewer for several journals including the Journal of Nanomechanics, the Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, the International Journal of Solids and StructuresEngineering Fracture Mechanics, the Mechanics of Materials journal, and Surface Coatings and Technology.

Research Interests

Fracture mechanics, molecular dynamics, fracture in granular media, creep, computational mechanics, micro-mechanics, nano-mechanics, experimental mechanics, porous media, quasi-brittle materials, nano-composites, biomineralized tissues, biomaterials, cementitious materials, gas shale.

Significant Recognition

  • March 2016, National Center for Supercomputing Applications Fellowship
  • March 2016, Nomination for 2016 DiscoverE New Faces of Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • February 2016, New Faces of CIvil Engineering - Professionals, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • May 2015, Collins Scholar Award, College of Engineering - Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • September 2013, Certificate of Appreciation, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Howard University
  • April 2009, Total-MIT Energy Initiative Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • April 2009, EGIDE Excellence Scholarship
  • April 2007, Fondation de l'Ecole Polytechnique Excellence Fellowship
  • November 2004, President's Award for Educational Excellence, Ministry of National Education, Cameroon

Significant Professional Service

  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers; Sub-societies: Engineers Without Borders and Engineering Mechanics Institute
  • Member, American Physical Society
  • Member, Materials Research Society
  • Committee Member, American Society of Civil Engineers Rock Mechanics Committee
  • Committee Member, ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute: Modeling Inelasticity & Multiscale Behavior Committee, Nano-mechanics Committee
  • Reviewer, Journal of Nano-mechanics and Micro-mechanics, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Engineering and Fracture Mechanics, Surface and Coatings Technology, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Society of Petroleum Engineering, Mechanics Research Communications, Mechanics of Materials, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, International Journal of Damage Mechanics, Wear of Materials

Selected Publications

    Gregory Bouche, Ange-Therese Akono, Shallow and Deep Scratch Tests as Powerful Alternatives to Assess the Fracture Properties of Quasi-Brittle Materials, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2016.02.010, (2016) [17 pages].

    Ange-Therese Akono, Pooyan Kabir, Microscopic Fracture Characterization of Gas Shale via Scratch Testing, Mechanics Research Communications, (2016), DOI: doi:10.1016/j.mechrescom.2015.12.003 [7 pages].

    Ange-Therese Akono, Energetic Size Effect Law at the Microscopic Scale: Application to Progressive-load Scratch Testing, ASCE's Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics,(2015), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)NM.2153-5477.0000105 [8 pages].

    G. A. Bouche, A.-T. Akono, Micromechanics-based Lower Bounds on the Macroscopic Fracture Toughness of Micro-Particulate Composites, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 148, pp. 243-257 (2015) [20 pages].

    K. J. Krakowiak, J. J. Thomas, S. Musso, S. James, A.-T. Akono, F.-J. Ulm, Nano-chemo-mechanical Signature of Conventional Oil-well Cement Systems: Effects of Elevated Temperature and Curing Time, Cement Concrete Research, Volume 67, pages 103-121, (2015).

    A.-T Akono, F.-J. Ulm, Z. P. Bazant, Discussion: Strength-to-fracture scaling in scratching, Engineering Fracture Mechanics Volume 119, pages 21-28, (2014).

    Ange-Therese Akono, Franz-Josef Ulm, An improved technique for characterizing the fracture toughness via scratch test experiments, Wear, Vol 313, pages 117-124, (2014).

    Ange-Therese Akono, Franz-Josef Ulm, Fracture scaling relations of axisymmetric shape, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Volume 60, pages 379-390, (2012).

    Ange-Therese Akono, Nicholas X. Randall, Franz-Josef Ulm, Experimental determination of the fracture toughness via micro scratch tests: application to polymers, ceramics and metals, Journal of Materials Research, Volume 27, pages 485-493, (2012).

    A.-T. Akono, P. M. Miguel and F.-J. Ulm, Scratching as a Fracture Process: From Butter to Steel, Physical Review Letters, Volume 106, pages 204302, (2011).

    Ange-Therese Akono, Franz-Josef Ulm, Scratch test model for the determination of fracture toughness, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Volume 78, pages 334-342, (2011).