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Ahmed Elbanna

Associate Professor

Primary Affiliation

Autonomous Materials Systems


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Phone 300-4664



  • Biography


    • BSc., civil engineering faculty of engineering, Cairo University, 2003

    • MSc., structural engineering faculty of engineering, Cairo University, 2005

    • MSc., applied mechanics, California Institute of Technology, 2006

    • PhD., civil engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2011

  • Honors
    • 2020: Donald Biggar Willet Faculty Fellow

    • 2019: 7th Arab American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine - Invited Participant

    • 2019: Journal of Applied Mechanics Paper Award

    • 2018: National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Award

    • 2015-2016: National Center for Super Computing Applications Fellowship

  • Research

    Research Interests

    • Modeling epidemics

    • Friction and fracture

    • Mechanical metamaterials.

    • Mechanics and physics of networked and biological materials

    • Mechanics and physics of earthquakes and granular matter

    Research Areas

    • Structural engineering

    • Energy-water-environment sustainability

    • Structural engineering

  • 2023

    • Erickson, B. A., Jiang, J., Lambert, V., Abdelmeguid, M., Almquist, M., Ampuero, J. P., ... & Yang, Y. (2023). Incorporating Full Elastodynamic Effects and Dipping Fault Geometries in Community Code Verification Exercises for Simulations of Earthquake Sequences and Aseismic Slip (SEAS). Bulletin of Seismological Society of America (In press)


    • Abdelmeguid, M., & Elbanna, A. (2022). Modeling Sequences of Earthquakes and Aseismic Slip (SEAS) in Elasto-plastic Fault Zones with A Hybrid Finite Element Spectral Boundary Integral scheme. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, e2022JB024548.
    • Abdelmeguid, M., & Elbanna, A. (2022). Sequences of seismic and aseismic slip on bimaterial faults show dominant rupture asymmetry and potential for elevated seismic hazard. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 593, 117648.
    • Faisal Amlani, Harsha S Bhat, Wim JF Simons, Alexandre Schubnel, Christophe Vigny, Ares J Rosakis, Joni Efendi, Ahmed Elbanna, Hasanuddin Z Abidin (2022), Supershear shock front contribution to the tsunami from the 2018 M w 7.5 Palu, Indonesia earthquake. Geophysical Journal International, 230(3), 2089-2097.
    • Fei, F., Mia, M. S., Elbanna, A. E., & Choo, J. (2022). A phase-field model for quasi-dynamic nucleation, growth, and propagation of rate-and-state faults. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. Volume 47 Issue 2
    • Mia, M. S., Abdelmeguid, M., & Elbanna, A. E. (2022). Spatio-Temporal Clustering of Seismicity Enabled by Off-Fault Plasticity. Geophysical Research Letters, 49(8), e2021GL097601.
    • Ranoa, D. R. E., Holland, R. L., Alnaji, F. G., Green, K. J., Wang, L., Fredrickson, R. L., ... & Burke, M. D. (2022). Mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 transmission at a large public university. Nature communications, 13(1), 1-16.


    • Albertini, G., Elbanna, A. E., & Kammer, D. S. (2021). A three-dimensional hybrid finite element—spectral boundary integral method for modeling earthquakes in complex unbounded domains. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 122(23), 6905-6923.
    • Elbanna, A., Abdelmeguid, M., Ma, X., Amlani, F., Bhat, H. S., Synolakis, C., & Rosakis, A. J. (2021). Anatomy of strike-slip fault tsunami genesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(19).
    • Ghareeb, A., & Elbanna, A. (2021). Modeling fracture in rate-dependent polymer networks: A quasicontinuum approach. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 88(11).
    • Hajarolasvadi, S., Elbanna, A. (2021). Dispersion properties and dynamics of ladder-like meta-chains. Extreme Mechanics Letters. Volume 43, February 2021, 101133
    • Tkachenko, A. V., Maslov, S., Elbanna, A., Wong, G. N., Weiner, Z. J., & Goldenfeld, N. (2021). Time-dependent heterogeneity leads to transient suppression of the COVID-19 epidemic, not herd immunity, PNAS April 27, 2021 118 (17) e2015972118;
    • Tkachenko, A. V., Maslov, S., Wang, T., Elbana, A., Wong, G. N., & Goldenfeld, N. (2021). Stochastic social behavior coupled to COVID-19 dynamics leads to waves, plateaus, and an endemic state. Elife, 10, e68341.


    • Erickson, B. A., J. Jiang, M. Barall, N. Lapusta, E. M. Dunham, R. Harris, L. S. Abrahams, K. L. Allison, J.-P. Ampuero, S. Barbot, C. Cattania, A. Elbanna, Y. Fialko, B. Idini, J. E. Kozdon, V. Lambert, Y. Liu, Y. Luo, X. Ma, M. B. McKay, P. Segall, P. Shi, M. van den Ende, M. Wei, The community code verification exercise for simulating sequences of earthquakes and aseismic slip (SEAS), Seismological Research Letters (2020)91 (2A): 874–890.
    • Ghareeb, A., & Elbanna, A. (2020). An Adaptive Quasi-Continuum Approach for Modeling Fracture in Networked Materials: Application to Modeling of Polymer Networks. Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids. Volume 137, April 2020, 103819
    • Peetz, D., & Elbanna, A. (2020). On the use of multigrid preconditioners for topology optimization. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 1-19.
    • Wong, G. N., Weiner, Z. J., Tkachenko, A. V., Elbanna, A., Maslov, S., & Goldenfeld, N. (2020). Modeling COVID-19 dynamics in Illinois under nonpharmaceutical interventions. Physical Review X, 10(4), 041033.


    • Abdelmeguid, M., Ma, X., & Elbanna, A. E. (2019). A Novel Hybrid Finite Element-Spectral Boundary Integral Scheme for Modeling Earthquake Cycles: Application to Rate and State Faults with Low-Velocity Zones. Journal of Geophysical Research.Volume124, Issue12, December 2019. Pages 12854-12881
    • Chen, Q., & Elbanna, A. (2019). On the duality of complex geometry and material heterogeneities in linear elastodynamics. International Journal of Solids and Structures. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 168, 203-210.
    • Ghareeb, A., & Elbanna, A. (2019). Adhesion Asymmetry in Peeling of Thin Films with Homogeneous Material Properties: A Geometry-Inspired Design Paradigm. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 86(7), 071005.
    • Ghareeb, A., & Elbanna, A. (2019). Extreme enhancement of interfacial adhesion by bulk patterning of sacrificial cuts. Extreme Mechanics Letters, 28, 22-30.
    • Hajarolasvadi, S., & Elbanna, A. (2019). Dynamics of metamaterial beams consisting of periodically-coupled parallel flexural elements: A theoretical study. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 52(31), 315101.
    • Ma X., and Elbanna A. E. (2019), Dynamic Rupture Propagation on Fault Planes with Explicit Representation of Short Branches. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 523, 115702.
    • Mondal, A., Nguyen, C. Ma, X, Elbanna, A. & Carlson, J. (2019). Network models for characterization of trabecular bone. Physical Review E, 99(4), 042406.
    • Nguyen C., Peetz D., Elbanna, A., and Jean M. Carlson (2019). Characterization of fracture in topology-optimized bioinspired networks. Physical Review E 100, 042402 – Published 2 October 2019


    • Ghareeb A., & Elbanna A. E. (2018), On the role of the plaque porous structure on Mussel adhesion: Implications for adhesion control using bulk patterning. Journal of Applied Mechanics 85(12):121003-121003-11. doi: 10.1115/1.4041223
    • Hyunh, P., Zhu, H., Chen, Q., & Elbanna, A. (2018). Data-Driven Estimation of Frequency Response from Ambient Synchrophasor Measurements. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, doi: 10.1109/TPWRS.2018.2832838
    • Ma X., Hajarolasvadi S., Albertini G., Kammer D., & Elbanna A. E. (2018). A Hybrid Finite Element-Spectral Boundary Integral Approach: Applications to Dynamic Rupture Simulations in Unbounded Domains. Journal of Analytical and Numerical Methods in Geomechanics, Volume 43, Issue 1, Pages 317-338
    • Ma, X., and Elbanna, A. E. (2018), Strain Localization in Dry Sheared Fault Gouge: A Compactivity based approach. Phys Rev E 98,022906


    • Chen Q., & Elbanna A. E., (2017) Emergent wave phenomena in coupled elastic bars: from extreme damping to realization of elastodynamic switchers. Nature Scientific Reports 7
    • Hajarolasvadi S. & Elbanna A. E. (2017), A new hybrid numerical scheme for simulating fault ruptures with near-fault bulk heterogeneities. Geophysics Journal International, 211, 873–886.
    • Kothari K., Hu, Y., Gupta, S., and Elbanna A. E. (2017), Mechanical response of 2D polymer networks: role of topology, rate dependence, and damage accumulation. Journal of Applied Mechanics. J. Appl. Mech 85(3), 031008 (Jan 24, 2018) (11 pages) doi: 10.1115/1.4038883
    • Kothari, K., and Elbanna, A. (2017), Localization and instability in sheared granular materials: Role of friction and vibration, Phys. Rev. E. [Accepted 11 January 2017]
    • Lopez-Berganza, J. A., Song, R., Elbanna, A., & Espinosa-Marzal, R. M. (2017). Calcium carbonate with nanogranular microstructure yields enhanced toughness. Nanoscale, 9(43), 16689-16699.


    • Chen, Q., & Elbanna, A. (2016), Modulating elastic band gap structure in layered soft composites using sacrificial interfaces, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 83(11), 111009[8 pages].
    • Lieou, C. K., Elbanna, A. E., and Carlson, J. M. (2016), Dynamic friction in sheared fault gouge: implications of acoustic vibration on triggering and slow slip, Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume 121, Issue 3, 1483-1496
    • Yang, Z., Chen, Q., Elbanna, A. E., & Kim, S. (2016), Transfer printing enabled soft composite films for tunable surface topography, Extreme Mechanics Letters, 7, 145-153