Thomas Siegmund

Thomas Siegmund

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics of Materials Program Director - National Science Foundation (on leave from Purdue University)

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088
Phone: +1 765 49-49766


  • B.S. University of Leoben, Austria, '87
  • M.S. University of Leoben, Austria, '90
  • Ph.D. University of Leoben, Austria, '94

Research Interests

  • Micromechanics of materials
  • Damage mechanics
  • Computational fracture mechanics
  • Design for structural integrity
  • Composite materials and manufacturing
  • Tissue mechanics
  • Finite element method

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2011 Faculty Fellow Study in a Second Discipline (Fall Semester 2011)
  • 2011 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Purdue LSMAPS Summer research program
  • 2011 Best Paper Award with Pinaki Bhattacharya for Bioengineering Research using Abaqus/FEA, Simulia Inc.
  • 2010 Best Poster Award with J. Kelleher, COST Action Conference: Modeling and Assessment of the Human Voice, Erlangen, Germany – September 9, 2010
  • 2009 Purdue Acorn Award for Contribution to the Purdue Research Enterprise.
  • 2008 Travel Fellowship of the National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics to attend 2008 International Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Adelaide.
  • 2008 Purdue Acorn Award for Contribution to the Purdue Research Enterprise.
  • 2008 Ruth and Joel Spira Award, Purdue University.
  • 2008 ITherm Conference Best Paper Award.
  • 2004-2008 Purdue University Faculty Scholar.
  • 2004 Discovery in Mechanical Engineering Award, Purdue University.
  • 2003 Purdue Teach for Tomorrow Award.
  • 2002 Best Paper Award of the American Society of Composites.
  • 1997-1999 Lecturer of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS).
  • 1995-1996 Erwin Schr??dinger Fellowship, Austrian Science Foundation.
  • 1993 Travel Award, University of Leoben, Austria.
  • 1990 Honors Graduation Award, University of Leoben, Austria.
  • Ten Select Publications

    J. Kelleher, T. Siegmund, M. Du, E., Naseri, R.W. Chan, "Empirical measurements of biomechanical anisotropy of the human vocal fold lamina propria," Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology 12 (2013) 555-567.

    P. Bhattacharya, T. Siegmund, "Computational modeling of vibration-induced systemic hydration of vocal folds over a range of phonation conditions," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, (2014) doi: 10002/cnm.2642.

    E. Hunter, T. Rieder, T. Siegmund, R.W. Chan, "Strain modulations as a mechanism to reduce stress relaxation in laryngeal tissues," PLoS Computational Biology 9 (2014) Article Number: e90762.

    T. Siegmund, M.R. Allen, D.B. Burr, "Can deterministic size effects contribute to fracture and microdamage accumulation in trabecular bone?" Journal of Theoretical Biology 265 (2010) 202-210.

    S. Khandelwal, R.J. Cipra, J.S. Bolton, T. Siegmund, "Transverse loading of cellular topologically interlocked solids," International Journal of Solids and Structures 49 (2012) 2394-2403.

    S. Varanasi, J.S. Bolton, T. Siegmund, R.J. Cipra, "The low frequency performance of metamaterial barriers based on cellular structures," Applied Acoustics 74 (2013) 485-495.

    A. Paul. R.J. Cipra, T. Siegmund, "Robotic manufacturing of near-net-shape components utilizing stereo-imaging and reconfigurable tooling," Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 63 (2012) 999-1009.

    A. Mather, R. Cipra, T. Siegmund, "Structural integrity during remanufacture of a topologically interlocked material," International Journal of Structural Integrity 3 (2012) 61-78.

    K. Srinivasan, G. Subbarayan, T. Siegmund, "Analysis of wrinkling on irreversible foundations" Thin Solid Films 520 (2012) 5671-5682.

    S. Goyal, K. Srinivasan, G. Subbarayan, T. Siegmund, "Thermally-driven buckling delamination test to measure interfacial fracture toughness of thin film systems," Thin Solid Films, 518 (2010) 2056-2064.