Principal Investigator

 Antonios Kontsos, PhD

 Associate Professor & Director of TAMG

 Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

 3141 Chestnut St., AEL 172 A Philadelphia, PA, 19104

 phone: 215.895.2297


Research & Teaching Interests 

My primary research interest is in theoretical and applied mechanics with emphasis on the understanding of the mechanical behavior of materials. To achieve this goal, I rely on defining multiscale microstructure-properties-behavior relations using methods that involve theory, experiments, modeling and simulations. A fundamental goal of this type of research is the understanding of the deformation and failure of advanced materials in terms of their multiscale architecture and their constitutive response with applications in materials design. An additional research goal is the identification of damage and in particular the quantification of evolving material states as a function of applied loading, which can then be used for prognosis of remaining useful life. In this context, I have been using sensing and testing methods in plasticity, fracture and fatigue investigations across length scales in conjunction with signal processing and numerical simulation approaches that could assist both the fundamental understanding of the mechanical behavior of materials as well as their applications. In relation to these research efforts, I teach topics related to solid mechanics, advanced manufacturing and cyberphysical systems.

Professional Appointments 

2015 – Present Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics Dept.

2014 – 2015  P.C. Chou Endowed Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics Dept.

2009 – 2015 Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics Dept., Drexel University

2007 – 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, UT Austin

2002 – 2007 Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, RICE University

1998 – 2002 Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras

2001 Intern, Institute for Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Procedures, Patras

2000 Intern, EC/JRC, Institute of Advanced Materials, Petten, The Netherlands


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Rice University 2007

M.S. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Rice University 2005

B.S. Diploma in Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics University of Patras (Greece) 2002


MEM 202: Engineering Mechanics: Statics 2013 – present

MEM 591: Applied Engineering Analysis I 2009 – 2014

MEM 592: Applied Engineering Analysis II 2009 – 2015

MEM 593: Applied Engineering Analysis III 2009 – 2015

MEM 800: Infrastructure Condition Evaluation via NDT 2011 – 2013

MEM 678: Infrastructure Condition Evaluation via NDT 2014 – present

Independent study courses

MEM 699: NDT&E of Materials and Structures 2010

MEM 699: Advanced Computational Mechanics 2011

MEM 699: Damage Detection & Prognosis 2011, 2014


Antonios Kontsos received his diploma in Mechanical Engineering from University of Patras (Greece) in 2002. Then he spent 5 years at Rice University where he received his Master of Science in 2005 and PhD in 2007 both from the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Antonios received a number of awards and scholarships in his undergraduate and graduate education from the Technical Chamber, the National Scholarship Foundation and the Onassis Foundation of Greece, as well as Rice University and the Hellenic Professional Society of Texas. He is an author of numerous scientific publications in journals and conference proceedings, has co-edited one book, and holds one patent.  He also serves as a reviewer in a number of international journals in his research areas of interests.