Professor Maria Kashtalyan

Professor Maria Kashtalyan

Personal Chair

Professor Maria Kashtalyan
Professor Maria Kashtalyan

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Engineering, Fraser Noble Building, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3UE, Scotland UK


Professor Kashtalyan is Director of the Centre for Micro- and Nanomechanics. She joined the University of Aberdeen in 2002 as an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow and was appointed a Lecturer in Engineering in 2004, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007, Reader in 2011, and Personal Chair in 2014.

Before joining the University of Aberdeen, Professor Kashtalyan was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow (2001-2002) and a Postdoctoral Research Associate (1998-2001) at the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London. She was also a Visiting Research Scientist at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge (1996-1997) and a recipient of the Royal Society/NATO Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (1998). 

She authored more than 165 publications including 61 papers in peer-reviewed international scientific journals, 5 chapters in major reference books on composites, and 41 papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Three of her papers were included into Top 25 most read articles of the European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids (July – September 2011), International Journal of Solids and Structures (April – June 2007) and European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids (July 2004 – March 2005).


Research Interests

Professor Kashtalyan's main research results are in

  • Solid mechanics and its applications
  • Mathematical modelling of anisotropic heterogeneous materials
  • Functionally graded materials and their applications
  • Fibre-reinforced composite materials for aircraft, marine, automotive and civil applications
  • Saint-Venant's principle for anisotropic and inhomogeneous materials
  • Thermo-electro-mechanical coupling in layered systems
  • Wave propagation in pre-stressed materials and structures
  • Intra- and interlaminar damage and manufacturing defects in layered materials and structures
  • Stiffness degradation and damage growth prediction for advanced composites
  • Theory of anisotropic and inhomogeneous plates of variable thickness


Over the years, Professor Kashtalyan has established collaborative links with University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Surrey, University of Sheffield, University of Bristol, National Physical Laboratory, DSTL (UK); Institute for Mechanics, Technical University of Berlin (Germany); Monash University, Melbourne (Australia); Laboratory for Technical Mechanics, University of Paderborn (Germany); University of Stuttgart (Germany); Institute of Lightweight Structures and Aerospace Engineering, Vienna University of Technology (Austria); ENSMA, Laboratory for Mechanics and Physics of Materials (France); Ecole Centrale de Lyon, University Lyon (France); Luleå Technical University (Sweden); Timoshenko Institute of Mechanics (Ukraine); University of Salerno (Italy); Universita di Napoli 'Federico II' (Italy); Texas A&M University (USA), University of New Hampshire (USA).

Research Grants

Professor Kashtalyan is currently a Principal Investigator of the Royal Society International Joint Projects with Karlsruhe Technical University (Germany) on “Multi-scale modelling of metal-ceramic composites with lamellar microstructure” (2013-2015) and a Co-Investigator of the project “Novel structural and sealing components suitable for use in containing a range of aggressive chemicals” (2013-2014) funded by EPSRC, Technology Strategy Board and Balmoral Sectional Tanks Ltd.

Recently she was a Principal Investigator of two International Joint Projects funded by the Royal Society ("Three-dimensional solutions for transversely isotropic inhomogeneous media", 2009-2011, and "Indentation of anisotropic materials with gradients in elastic properties", 2010-2012), and two International Exchange Programme grant of The Royal Society of Edinburgh. She was also a Co-Investigator of two research grants funded by EPSRC: "Effect of thermo-electro-mechanical coupling and non-linearities on dynamics processes in inelastic layered structures" (2007-2011) and "3-D dynamic problems for cracked layered materials with contact interaction of crack faces" (2007-2011).


Teaching Responsibilities

Professor Kashtalyan is a Level 4 Co-ordinator. Her teaching responsibilities include

  • Designed, developed and delivering part of the new Level 1 course on Fundamentals of Engineering Materials as a part of Curriculum Reform implementation (since 2010-11)
  • Designed, developed and delivering the new Level 4 course EG40DF/EG40JL Advanced Engineering Materials (since 2006-07)
  • Developed and delivered part of Level 5 course EG5090 Solid Mechanics and Materials Modelling (2007-10)
  • Developed and delivered part of Level 4 course EG40DD Materials Processing (2005-06)
  • Delivered part of Level 1 course EG1527 Applied Mechanics and Structures (2008-09, 2009-10)
  • Supervising Level 4 BEng/MEng, Erasmus and MSc project students
  • Contributing to Level 5 course EG5085 Advanced Topics for MEng Students
  • Contributing to Level 4 course EG4578 Group Design (2007-2012)
Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, 2003 - present.
  • Member of The International Society for the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics (ISIMM), 2013 – present.
  • Member of the International Scientific Committee, 11th International Conference on Durability Analysis of Composite Systems (DURACOSYS 2014), 15-17 September 2014, Tokyo, Japan
  • Co-chair of the International Workshop on “Modelling of Metal-Ceramic Composites”, 11 September 2013, Aberdeen, UK.
  • Chair of technical sessions at the 9th International Conference on Mechanical Behaviour of Materials in Geneva (May 2003) and the 9th International Conference on Deformation and Fracture of Composites (DFC-9) in Sheffield (April 2007).
  • Invited participant in the Third Worldwide Failure Exercise (WWFE-III) to benchmark and validate the current continuum damage and fracture mechanics methodologies used for predicting the mechanical behaviour of fibre reinforced plastic composites under complex loadings.
  • Reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals, including Composites Science and Technology (the most highly cited journal in the field of composites) International Journal of Solids and Structures, European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, International Journal of Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, International Journal of Computational Methods in Science and Engineering, Journal of Composite Materials, International Applied Mechanics, The Aeronautical Journal, AIAA Journal.

Admin Responsibilities

  • Director of the Centre for Micro- and Nanomechanics, University of Aberdeen, 2013 - present
  • Member of the College Council, College of Physical Sciences College, 2013 – present
  • Member of the institutional Appeals Panel for the REF2014, 2013
  • Member of the School working group on Workload Model, 2012 – present
  • Elected Member of the Senatus Academicus, 2012 – present
  • Member of the College Ethics Board, 2012 – present
  • School Appeals Officer, 2011 – present
  • Member of the School working group on Curriculum Reform implementation (2009-2010)
  • Member of the School Undergraduate Teaching Committee (since 2007)
  • Member of the School Student-Staff Liaison Committee (since 2007)
  • Level 4 Co-ordinator, School of Engineering (since 2007)