• Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Vanessa Restrepo

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University — 2021
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Purdue University — 2016
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia — 2012

Research Interests

    • Bioinspired Materials
    • Computational Modelling
    • Interfaces
    • Material Characterization
    • Fracture Mechanics

Industry Experience

    • 5 years of experience as a consultant research assistant for Velcro Companies

Awards & Honors

  • • 2021 Dean’s Office Teaching Fellowship, outstanding performance as an instructor in the College of Engineering. Purdue University

Selected Publications

  • Vanessa Restrepo and Ramses V. Martinez. “Bioinspired Fabrication of Reconfigurable and Self-Healing Elastomeric-Cementitious Composites Using Mechanical Adhesives Interfaces”. Materials & Design. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2021.109691
  • Vanessa Restrepo, Maryam Hosseini, Chris Gallant, Bradley Weymouth, and Pablo Zavattieri. “A Two-Scale Strategy for the Modeling of Hook and Loop Fasteners”. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2021.104600
  • Aniket Pal, Vanessa Restrepo, Debkalpa Goswami, and Ramses V. Martinez. “Exploiting Mechanical Instabilities in Soft Robotics: Control, Sensing, and Actuation”. Advanced Materials. Review Article, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202006939
  • Vanessa Restrepo, Junes A. Villarraga, Juan J. Pavón. “Stress Reduction in the Residual Limb of a Transfemoral Amputee Varying the Coefficient of Friction”. JPO: Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1097/JPO.0000000000000044