• Associate Professor
  • Graduate Program Director
  • Director of the Center for Research Excellence on Dynamically Deformed Solids (CREDDS)
  • Presidential Impact Fellow
Michael J. Demkowicz

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
  • S.M. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2000
  • B.S. Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 2000
  • B.A. Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program, University of Texas at Austin, 2000

Research Interests

    • Computational materials design
    • Fundamental physics of material behavior
    • Mechanical behavior and radiation response of materials


Awards & Honors

  • MIT Graduate Materials Council outstanding teaching award, 2014 & 2015
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2012
  • TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award, 2012
  • John C. Chipman career development chair in materials science and engineering at MIT, 2008
  • Los Alamos Postdoctoral Distinguished Performance Award, 2007

Selected Publications

  • Vattré A, Jourdan T, Ding H, Marinica C, Demkowicz MJ, “Non-random walk diffusion enhances the sink strength of semicoherent interfaces,” Nature Communications 7, 10424 (2016).
  • Ding H, Demkowicz MJ, "Hydrogen reverses the clustering tendency of carbon in amorphous silicon oxycarbide," Scientific Reports 5, 13051 (2015).
  • Seita M, Hanson JP, Gradecak S, Demkowicz MJ, "The dual role of coherent twins in hydrogen embrittlement", Nature Communications 6, 6164 (2015).
  • Vattré AJ, Abdolrahim N, Kolluri K, Demkowicz MJ, "Computational design of patterned interfaces using reduced order models", Scientific Reports 4, 6231 (2014).
  • Xu GQ, Demkowicz MJ, "Healing of nanocracks by disclinations", Physical Review Letters 111, 145501 (2013).
  • Baumer RE, Demkowicz MJ, "Glass transition by gelation in a phase separating binary alloy", Physical Review Letters 110, 145502 (2013).
  • Demkowicz MJ, Misra A, Caro AJ, "The role of interface structure in controlling high helium concentrations," Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science 16, 101 (2012).