Faculty

Nadia Lapusta

Nadia Lapusta

Lawrence A. Hanson, Jr., Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Geophysics

Degrees and Appointments

Dipl., Kiev State University, 1994; M.S., Harvard University, 1996; Ph.D., 2001. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Caltech, 2002-03; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Geophysics, 2003-08; Associate Professor, 2008-10; Professor, 2010-19; Hanson Professor, 2019-.

Assistant(s)

Research Group Matters
Carolina Oseguera
362 Gates-Thomas Laboratory
626-395-4271
susta@caltech.edu

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Research Overview

Professor Lapusta studies friction and fracture phenomena on both fundamental and practical levels.  Her work focuses on analytical and numerical modeling that incorporates and explains experimental findings. She has a special interest in failure of geomaterials in the presence of fluids, physics of earthquakes, and induced seismicity, where frictional faulting and cracking are key ingredients.

List of Research Areas

Fracture and frictional processes, computational mechanics, failure of geomaterials in the presence of fluids, physics of earthquakes, induced seismicity

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