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Physics of Glass Fracture

Graduate School

About the Project

The Holistic Structural Integrity Process (HolSIP) Laboratory at Clarkson University has a funded position available for graduate students interested in the field of structural integrity modelling and simulations.

The HolSIP lab is looking for a candidate to work under the supervision of Prof. Marcias Martinez and Prof. Craig Merrett. Qualifications include:

1. Completed MS in Mechanical and/or Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering (preferred).
2. Experience in Experimental Mechanics and/or Finite Element Modeling (ABAQUS CAE).
3. Strong background in mathematical and computational analysis.
4. Proficient in technical writing.
5. Consistent with requirements of research funding, preference will be given to US Citizens and/or US permanent residents.

Prof. Martinez and Prof. Merrett are collaborating with an industry partner in the modelling and simulation of glass bead manufacturing. This technical challenge will require a strong candidate to look at the physics of glass fracture through Finite Element Analysis and statistical methods. In addition, the student will be working in collaboration with the industry partner in the Potsdam plant. As such we are seeking for a graduate student who is comfortable performing experimental studies in a manufacturing operational environment.

Information on our Lab capabilities can be found at:

Clarkson University’s International Center will provide visa support in the event the selected candidate is a non-US citizen.

Clarkson University is a private, national research University leading in technological education and sustainable economic development. Clarkson offers graduate programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, and Health Sciences, with onsite, online and hybrid modes of study. We educate 4,300 students and pursue interdisciplinary research, scholarship and innovation.

Clarkson’s main campus is located in Potsdam, New York, on the historic 640-acre wooded homestead of the Clarkson family in the foothills of the Adirondack Park. With roughly 15,000+ year-round residents, the Village of Potsdam is nestled along the Raquette River in the heart of St. Lawrence County.

Funding Notes

The selected applicant will received a tuition waiver, along with a stipend of approximately $25,000 per year.

For consideration, please complete graduate application at View Website. Required credentials include: transcripts, CV/resume, 3 letters of recommendation, Statement of Purpose, GRE results, and proof of English proficiency.

You may also send your CV to with subject line “Physics of Glass Fracture”

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