Catalin R. Picu

Professor and Associate Head for Undergraduate Studies, Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering

Catalin Picu received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania, in 1989. He then joined the faculty of the same institution working in the area of Solid Mechanics. In 1992 he entered the PhD program in Applied Mechanics at Dartmouth College from where he obtained his degree in 1995. Shortly after, Dr. Picu joined the Solid Mechanics group at Brown University where he worked until coming to RPI as a faculty member in August 1998.


Ph.D. Dartmouth College

Research Focus
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Micro- and Nano-Mechanics of Crystalline Defects
  • Atomistic Simulations
Select Works
  • Atomistic-Continuum Simulations of Nano-Indentation in Molybdenum (2000)
  • Towards a Unified View of Stress in Small Molecular and Macromolecular Liquids (1999)
  • Direct Observations of Surface Sublimation and Relaxation in CdTe {111} Films by High Resolution Electron Microscopy (1999)
  • Intrinsic Distributions and Atomic-Level Stress in Polymeric Melts (1999)
  • Elastic moduli for particulate composites with graded filler-matrix interfaces
  • Stress Relaxation in Diatomic Fluids (1998)