Marcelo R. M. Crespo da Silva

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering

Professor Crespo da Silva received his undergraduate engineering degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and his M. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford. He was a National Research Council postdoctoral research associate at NASA Ames Research Center in California working on satellite dynamics, which was the subject of his doctoral thesis. He joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1986 after rising through the ranks from assistant professor to professor in the aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics department at the University of Cincinnati. On a sabbatical leave during the first half of 1983 he continued research work on helicopter rotor blade dynamics in  the Aeromechanics Laboratory at Ames Research Center. His  main interests are dynamics (including structural dynamics, satellite dynamics, and helicopter dynamics) and nonlinear oscillations. He has a number of publications in these areas, and received research grants from NASA, the U. S. Air Force, the U. S. Army Research Office, and the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Mechanics, Senior Member of AIAA, and Fellow of the ASME.


 B. Engrg, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro;  M.Sc. and Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Focus
  • Dynamics
  • Nonlinear Vibrations
  • Perturbation Methods
  • Computerized Symbolic Manipulation
Select Works
  • Fundamentals of Dynamics and Analysis of Motion. Dover Publications, 2016. Detailed information about this book is available at and in many sites that are seen by searching the internet (with Google, for example) using the book title.
  • A Comprehensive Analysis of the Dynamics of a Flexible Helicopter Rotor Blade. Int. J. Solids and Structures, Vol. 35, No. 7-8, pp. 619-635, 1998.
  • Experimental Investigation of Non-linear Modal Coupling in the Response of Cantilever Beams. J. Sound and Vibration, Vol. 174, No. 2, pp. 145-167, 1994 (with C. L. Zaretzky).
  • Equations for Nonlinear Analysis of 3D Motions of Beams. Applied Mechanics Reviews, Vol. 44, No. 11, pp. 51-59, 1991.
  • Non-linear Flexural-Flexural-Torsional Dynamics of Inextensional Beams. I: Equations of Motion, and II: Forced Motions. J. Structural Mechanics, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 437-461, 1978 (with C. C. Glynn).
  • Attitude Dynamics, Stabilization and Control of Spacecrafts. Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, 8th Edition, Astronautics Section (Organizer: Neil A. Armstrong), pp. 11-117 to 11-119, McGraw Hill, 1978.This publication also appears in the Astronautics Section of newer Editions of the Handbook.
  • A Study of Optimal Coordinate Theory with Application to Several Physical Problems. Int. J. Engineering Science, Vol. 15, No. 7, pp. 455-464, 1977 (with R. T. Davis).
  • A Transformation Approach for Finding First Integrals of Motion of Dynamical Systems. Int. J. Non-linear Mechanics, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 241-250, 1974.