Martin Ostoja-Starzewski

Martin Ostoja-Starzewski
Martin Ostoja-Starzewski he/him/his
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  • Ph.D. (Dean's Honour List), Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Canada 1983
  • M. Eng. (Thesis option), Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Canada 1980
  • Engineer, Mechanical Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, Cracow, Poland 1977


Martin Ostoja-Starzewski is a Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, with affiliate appointments at Beckman Institute and the Institute for Condensed Matter Theory. His research interests are primarily in (thermo)mechanics and transport phenomena in random and fractal media, advanced continuum theories, and stochastic wave propagation. His work established quantitative estimates of the size of representative volume element (RVE) of continuum models for many linear and nonlinear, elastic and inelastic materials. On this basis, Martin has played a central role in introducing a statistical volume element (SVE) to formulate micromechanics-based, tensor random field models for stochastic PDEs and finite elements. In recent years, Martin has (i) led mechanics of fractal materials, and (ii) pioneered continuum physics with spontaneous violations of the second law of thermodynamics. He wrote 225+ journal papers, including 18 in Proceedings/Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society, London A; 8 in Physical Review B and E; 2 in Physical Review Letters. Over 30 books cite his work, including several leading ones in applied mathematics and mechanics, such as G.W. Milton’s Theory of Composites, S. Torquato’s Random Heterogeneous Materials, B. Straughan’s Explosive Instabilities in Mechanics and Heat Waves, V.E. Tarasov’s Fractional Dynamics, V.F. Nesterenko’s Dynamics of Heterogeneous Materials, M. Grigoriu’s Stochastic Calculus, or D. Krajcinovic’s Damage Mechanics. Martin also wrote four books: 1. Microstructural Randomness and Scaling in Mechanics of Materials, CRC Modern Mechanics and Mathematics Series (2007); 2. Thermoelasticity with Finite Wave Speeds, Oxford Mathematical Monographs, Oxford University Press (2009); 3. A. Malyarenko and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Tensor-Valued Random Fields for Continuum Physics, Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics, Cambridge University Press, 2019; 4. A. Malyarenko, M. Ostoja-Starzewski and A. Amiri-Hezaveh, Random Fields of Piezoelectricity and Piezomagnetism, SpringerBriefs, 2020. Martin is very active in the editorial sphere having (co-)edited 15 books/journal special issues and co-organized various meetings, including a NATO Adv. Res. Workshop (1993); a Course at CISM (2000); 8th Pan American Cong. Appl. Mech. (PACAM-VIII, 2004); 20th Canadian Cong. Appl. Mech. (CANCAM 2005); and 8th Intl. Congress on Thermal Stresses (2009 at UIUC). He is Editor of Acta Mechanica, Chair Managing Editor of Mathematics and Mechanics of Complex Systems (MEMOCS), Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Thermal Stresses (2017-); Assoc. Editor of Mechanics Research Communications (2015-) and ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics (2006-2012); co-Editor of CRC Modern Mechanics and Mathematics Series (2012-). He is on the editorial boards of 10+ other journals. He is Fellow of ASME, AAM (American Academy of Mechanics), WIF (World Innovation Foundation), SES, and Associate Fellow of AIAA. He was on the Executive Committee of The International Society for the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics (ISIMM), 2013-2016. Worcester Reed Warner Medal of ASME (2018). Rothschild Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge (2023). European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Member (2022). Academia Europaea, Foreign Member (2024).

Academic Positions

  • Associate of Center for Advanced Study, 2013/14
  • Timoshenko Distinguished Visitor, Mechanics and Computation, Stanford University, Jan.-Feb. 2012
  • Visiting Scientist, Institute for Materials Testing, University of Stuttgart, Germany, Dec. 2004
  • Visiting Scientist, GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht, Germany, Oct. 2001
  • Visiting Scientist, Center for Mathematical Morphology, Ecole des Mines de Paris, France, Mar. 1999 and Mar. 2000
  • Visiting Scientist, Laboratory of Solid Mechanics, Ecole Polytechnique, France, Sept. 1995
  • Visiting Scientist, Institute for Mechanics and Materials, University of California, San Diego, Jun. - Aug. 1994, Jul. – Oct. 1995
  • Visiting Scientist, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland, Oct. 1994
  • Visiting Scientist, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, Aug. 1989 and Mar. 1990
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, Jan. 2006-date
  • Canada Research Chair in Mechanics of Materials (Tier I), Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Sept 2001 - Dec. 2005
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Sept. 2001 - Dec. 2005
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1997-2000
  • Professor of Materials Engineering, Institute of Paper Science & Technology, Oct. 1995 - Aug 2001
  • Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Mechanics, Michigan State University, Sept. 1990 - Oct. 1995
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, Aug. 1985 - Aug. 1990

Other Professional Employment

  • Founder and President, Quadra Dynamics, Inc., Montreal, Canada, Apr. 1984 - Aug. 1985
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, McGill University, May 1983 - April 1984
  • Design Engineer, Angelis Co., Vienna, Austria, 1978
  • Design Engineer, Muller Manufacturing Co., Montreal, Canada, 1978

Major Consulting Activities

  • LytEn, Inc.
  • Army Institute for Multi Scale Reactive Modeling
  • Aerospace, Automotive, Mining, Polymer and Paper Industries in USA, Canada, Sweden
  • COREM Consortium, Quebec City, Canada
  • Consultant for e-Xstream Engineering, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Other Professional Activities

  • May 2014 - present, Site co-Director of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures
  • Feb. 2008 - present, Part-Time Faculty at Beckman Instittute, Bioimaging Science and Technology
  • Oct. 2007- present, Member of The Institute for Condensed Matter Theory

Graduate Research Opportunities

I have numerous problems and topics of potential interest to a broad range of students.

Research Interests

  • Helices, Helically-Wound Cables
  • Bioenegineering: Traumatic brain injury modeling, electrosurgery modeling
  • Mechanical and electromagnetic waves: stochastic propagation, scattering, tunneling effects, shielding
  • Spontaneous violations of entropy inequality
  • Continuum mechanics and thermodynamics (generalized, stochastic, fractional...)
  • Random, fractal, and multiscale media

Research Areas

  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Dynamics & Controls
  • Environment
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Health and Bio
  • Security and Defense
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials
  • Thermo and Heat Transfer

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • A. Malyarenko, M. Ostoja-Starzewski and A. Amiri-Hezaveh, Random Fields in Piezoelectricity and Piezomagnetism: Correlation Structures, SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology and SpringerBriefs in Mathematical Methods, 2020.
  • Malyarenko, A. and Ostoja-Starzewski, M., Tensor-Valued Random Fields for Continuum Physics, Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • Ignaczak, J. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Thermoelasticity with Finite Wave Speeds, Oxford Mathematical Monographs, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-954164-5, 2009.
  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M., Microstructural Randomness and Scaling in Mechanics of Materials, The Chapman & Hall/CRC Modern Mechanics and Mathematics Series, ISBN 9781584884170, 2008.

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

  • Guest Editor, “Mykhailo Yadrenko 90th Anniversary” of Theory of Probability and Mathematical Statistics on "Theory and Applications of Random Fields," 2021.
  • Editor of Section "Mechanics of Random and Fractal Media" of Encyclopedia of Continuum Mechanics, Springer, 2020.
  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M. and V. Zampoli, Guest Editors, Special Issue “Bruno Boley 90th Anniversary Issue,” of Mechanics Research Communications 68, 1-108, 2015.
  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M., Associate Editor, Handbook of Damage Mechanics, Springer, 2014.
  • Trovalusci, P. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Guest Editors, Special Issue of International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering 9(5), 2011.
  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M., Editor, Proceedings 8th Int. Congress Thermal Stresses, 2009.
  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M. and V. F. Nesterenko, Guest Editors, J.D. Goddard Special Issue of Acta Mechanica, 205:1-4, 2009.
  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M., Ed., Proceedings of 20th Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics - CANCAM, ISBN: 0-77170628-6, 2005.
  • Bravo-Castillero, J., R. E. Khayat, M. Ostoja-Starzewski, R. Rodriguez-Ramos, and A. Rubinstein, Guest Editors, Mechanics Pan America - Special Issue of International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 42:21-22, 2005.
  • Bravo-Castillero, J., R. Rodriguez-Ramos, and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Eds., Applied Mechanics in the Americas, Vol. 10, 2004.
  • Jeulin, D. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Eds., Mechanics of Random and Multiscale Microstructures, CISM Courses and Lectures Vol. 430, Springer, Wien-New York, 2001.
  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M., Guest Editor, Scale Effects in Heterogeneous Materials - Special Issue of Mechanics of Materials, Vol. 31:12, 1999.
  • Olson, L., M. R. Baccouche, K. T. Ramesh, T. Kundu, H. V. Tippur, M. Ostoja-Starzewski, A. J. Golnaraghi, W. Chen and A. M. Sastry, Eds., Applied Mechanics Division Book of Abstracts, ASME Press, 1998.
  • Jasiuk, I. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Guest Editors, Micromechanics of Random Media II - Special Issue of International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 35:19, 1998.
  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M., Guest Editor, Statistical Fracture Mechanics - Special Issues of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 57:2-3, Vol. 58:5-6, 1997.
  • Ghosh, S. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, Eds., Computational Methods in Micromechanics, AMD-Vol. 212 and MD-Vol. 62, ASME Press, 1995.
  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M. and I. Jasiuk, Eds., Micromechanics of Random Media - Special Issue of Applied Mechanics Reviews, Vol. 47(1, Part 2), 1994.

Chapters in Books

  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M., S. Kale, A. Malyarenko, B. Raghavan, S.I. Ranganathan, and J. Zhang, "Scaling to RVE in random media," Advances in Applied Mechanics 49, 111-211, 2016.
  • Kale, S. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, “Lattice and Particle Modeling of Damage Phenomena,” Damage Mechanics Handbook, Springer, 203-238, 2014.
  • Ranganathan, S. I. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, "Scaling and Homogenization in Spatially Random Composites," Chapter 2 in Mathematical Methods and Models in Composites, World Scientific, 61-102, 2013.
  • Li, J. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, “Fractal Solids, Product Measures and Continuum Mechanics,” Chapter 33 in Mechanics of Generalized Continua: One Hundred Years after the Cosserats, 315-323, Springer, 2010.
  • Jasiuk, I. and M. Ostoja-Starzewski, “From Lattices and Composites to Micropolar Continua,” in Micromechanics and Nanoscale Effects: MEMS, Multi-Scale Materials and Micro-Flows, V. M. Harik and L.-S. Luo, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, Chapter 7, 175-212, 2004.
  • Ostoja-Starzewski, M., “Selected Topics in Stochastic Wave Propagation,” in Advances in Mechanics and Mathematics - II, D. Y. Gao and R. W. Ogden, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, Chapter 3, 145–206, 2003.

Selected Articles in Journals

Journal Editorships

  • Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (2022-)
  • Modelling (2020-)
  • Vietnam Journal of Mechanics (2020-)
  • Encyclopedia of Continuum Mechanics, Section Editor: Mechanics of Random and Fractal Media, Springer, (2017-2020)
  • Applied Sciences, Editorial Board, 2017-
  • Journal of Applied and Computational Mechanics, Editorial Board, 2017-
  • Fractal and Fractional, Editorial Board, 2017-
  • Studia Geotechnica et Mechanica, 2015-
  • Journal of Applied Mathematics (Hindawi), 2011-2016
  • International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences (IJASS), Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), March 2011-
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief of a Book Series, Modern Mechanics and Mathematics, Chapman & Hall/CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2007-
  • Actual Problems of Aviation and Aerospace Systems, Editorial Board, 2006-2014
  • Archive of Applied Mechanics, Editorial Board, 2008-2016
  • International Journal of Damage Mechanics, Editorial Board, 2006-
  • Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, Editorial Board, 2003-
  • ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, Associate Editor, 2006-2012
  • Mechanics Research Communications, Editorial Board, 2020- (Associate Editor, 2015-2020)
  • Mathematics and Mechanics of Complex Systems, Chair Managing Editor, 2012-
  • Journal of Thermal Stresses, Editor-in-Chief, 2018- (Editorial Board: 2003-)
  • Acta Mechanica, Editor, 2017- (Editorial Board: 2009-)

Teaching Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor in Senior Design (ME 470): Fall 2022
  • UIUC Incomplete List of Teachers ranked as Excellent by their Students, Fall 2006

Other Honors

  • Rothschild Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2023
  • European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Member, 2022
  • Worcester Reed Warner Medal (ASME), 2018
  • Fellow, Society of Engineering Science (SES), 2016
  • Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics, 2007
  • Associate Fellow, AIAA, 2005
  • Fellow, ASME, 2001

Recent Courses Taught

  • TAM 445 - Continuum Mechanics
  • TAM 451 - Intermediate Solid Mechanics
  • TAM 518 - Wave Motion
  • TAM 545 - Advanced Continuum Mechanics
  • TAM 557 - Mechanics of Random Media