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John Rudnicki

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A333
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program

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Ph.D. Solid Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, RI

M.S. Solid Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, RI

B.S. Engineering Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, RI

Research Interests

Inelastic behavior and failure of geomaterials, particularly deformation instabilities in brittle rocks and granular media, including their interactions with pore fluids, with applications to fault instability, quantification of energy radiation from earthquakes and environment- and resource-related geomechanics. Mechanics of rat whiskers.

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow, American Rock Mechanics Association, 2017
  • Engineering Science Medal, Society of Engineering Science, 2014
  • Fellow, Engineering Mechanics Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2013
  • Daniel C. Drucker Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2011
  • Brown Engineering Alumni Medal, Brown University, 2008
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2008
  • Maurice A. Biot Medal, Engineering Mechanics Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers “For his fundamental contributions to the mechanics of porous media and its applications to rock mechanics and geophysics,” 2006
  • Award for Outstanding Research in Rock Mechanics from the U. S. National Committee on Rock Mechanics (shared with J. R. Rice), 1977.

Significant Professional Service

  • Advisory Board, Mechanics of Cohesive-Frictional Material and Structures, An International Journal on Experiments, Modeling and Computation
  • External Advisory Board, Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), Member 2005 - 2010
  • U. S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Sciences, Geosciences Council, 1997 - 2010 (Chairman 2008 - 2010)
  • IUTAM Working Party 8, Geophysical and Environmental Mechanics, Member, 2004 - present
  • Poroelasticity Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2003 - present

Selected Publications

  • Luo, Yifu; Bresee, Chris S.; Rudnicki, John W.; Hartmann, Mitra J.Z., Constraints on the deformation of the vibrissa within the follicle, PLoS computational biology 17(4).
  • Shahin, Ghassan; Torabi, Anita; Rudnicki, John; Buscarnera, Giuseppe, The Role of Stratigraphy and Loading History in Generating Complex Compaction Bands in Idealized Field-Scale Settings, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 126(2).
  • Rudnicki, J. W.; Zhan, Y., Effect of Pressure Rate on Rate and State Frictional Slip, Geophysical Research Letters 47(21).
  • Song, Yongjia; Rudnicki, John W.; Hu, Hengshan; Han, Bo, Dynamics anisotropy in a porous solid with aligned slit fractures, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 137.
  • Ma, Xiaodong; Rudnicki, John W; Haimson, Bezalel C., Failure characteristics of two porous sandstones subjected to true triaxial stresses, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122(4):2525-2540.
  • Hu, Xiaodong; Haimson, Bezalel; Rudnicki, John W, True triaxial failure stress and failure plane of two porous sandstones subjected to two distinct loading paths, Woodhead Publishing:285-307.
  • Rudnicki, John W, A three invariant model of failure in true triaxial tests on Castlegate sandstone, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences 97:46-51.
  • Huet, Lucie A.; Rudnicki, John W.; Hartmann, Mitra J.Z., Tactile sensing with whiskers of various shapes, Soft Robotics 4(2):88-102.

In the Classroom

John Rudnicki teaches a variety of mechanics courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate courses he has taught recently include Engineering Analysis 2, Mechanics of Materials and Mechanics of Sports. At the graduate level, he regularly teaches Mechanics of Continua I and has taught Mechanics of Continua II, Inelastic Constitutive Relations for Solids, Plasticity, Fracture Mechanics and Elasticity.