Madura Pathirage


Phone: 847.440.6506

Physical Address

Room 3044
Centennial Engineering Center

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Assistant Professor

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

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PhD, Mechanics, Materials, & Structures, Northwestern University, 2020

MS, Mechanics of Materials & Solids, Northwestern University, 2015

BS and MS, Structural Engineering, École Spéciale des Travaux Publics, 2014


My team investigates pathways for reducing carbon footprint in the fields of civil engineering, material engineering, and energy. We are interested in formulating and characterizing existing or innovative and sustainable building and energy-related materials, and in developing performance-based standards for material and structures. Our computational research scope targets multiple length and time scales and incorporates theoretical and applied mechanics, uncertainty quantification and artificial intelligence techniques, and advanced numerical methods.

Teaching Interests

  • Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics (CE 502)
  • Structural Analysis (CE308)

Research Interests

  • Characterization of brittle and quasi-brittle materials
  • Constitutive Modeling and Design of Innovative Materials
  • Transport Phenomena in Porous Media
  • Finite Elements and Discrete Modeling
  • Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics
  • Statistics, Uncertainty Quantification, and Artificial Intelligence

Center/Laboratory/Program Affiliations

  • Computational Mechanics and Multiphysics of Materials Research Laboratory (CM3RL)