Professor Huseyin Sehitoglu

Prof. Huseyin Sehitoglu received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The City University, London in 1979 (First Class Honors) and went on to receive his M.S. in 1981 and his Ph.D in 1983 in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served as Director of Mechanics and Materials for the National Science Foundation from 1991-1993. He became a full professor for UIUC in 1992, and served as Associate Head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department from 1996-1998 and Head of the newly formed Mechanical Science and Engineering Department during 2004-2009. He  heads the Fracture Control Program at the University of Illinois and is currently involved with NSF, Air Force, DOE, Rolls Royce and Honeywell funded research.  His major areas of focus are Mechanics of Materials, Thermo-mechanical Behavior of Metals, Phase Transformations and Shape Memory, and Twinning and Slip in Metallic Materials.


Postdoctoral Research Associates

Luca Patriarca
Luca is working on high temperature shape memory alloys.


Graduate Students

Sertan Alkan
Sertan Alkan is a graduate of Bogazici University.  He is working on his PhD in the area of fatigue of nanograined alloys.



Piyas Bal Chowdhury

Piyas Bal Chowdhury received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology in 2008 with First Class Honors (Magna Cum Laude). He joined the Master’s program in Mechanical Engineering at UIUC in fall 2009.  He is currently working as a graduate research assistant with Professor Huseyin Sehitoglu.  He is carrying out research on the atomistic modeling of fatigue crack growth  in crystalline nanograined Nickel-Cobalt alloys, by using LAMMPS Molecular Dynamics simulations and lab experiments. His research is sponsored by Honeywell International, Inc.


George Li
George Li is working on carbon composite fatigue and shape memory alloys.


Pietro Luccarelli
Pietro is a visiting student from Polytechnico di Milano Italy working on fatigue modeling.


Avinesh Ojha
Avinesh received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and is working on modeling of twinning in bcc metals.



Garrett Pataky

Garrett Pataky received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida with summa cum laude highest honors in 2009.  He began working on his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at UIUC in Fall 2009 as a graduate assistant under the guidance of Prof. Huseyin Sehitoglu.  Garrett’s current work focuses on fatigue crack growth of single crystals and fatigue-creep in superalloys using digital image correlation.  His research is funded by the Department of Energy.


Silvio Rabbolini
Silvio is a visiting student from Polytechnico di Milano, Italy and is working on fatigue crack growth.


Emanuele Sgambitterra
Emanuele is a visiting student from the University of Calabria working on shape memory alloys.


Yan Wu
Yan Wu is working on fatigue of shape memory alloys.


Visiting Faculty/Collaborators



Professor Yuri Chumlyakov



Savaş Dilibal


Dr. Emre Guler



Professor Temel Kotil



Professor Hans Maier


Dr. Guowu Ren



Professor Heung-sik Woo

Prof. Woo’s major interests are high temperature corrosion fatigue and mechanical behavior evaluation of shape memory alloys.