Biographical Sketch of Dr. Anthony R. Ingraffea


Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

643 Rhodes Hall

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York USA 14853




Phone: 607-254-8844

Fax: 607-254-8815


Ph.D, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado/Boulder, 1977.

M.S., Civil Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York, 1971.

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1969.


Dr. Ingraffea’s research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes.  He and his students performed pioneering research in the use of interactive computer graphics in computational mechanics.  He has authored with his students over 180 papers in these areas.


He has been a principal investigator on R&D projects from the NSF, NASA Langley, NASA Marshall, AFOSR, FAA, Kodak, U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, IBM, Schlumberger, Digital Equipment Corporation, the Gas Research Institute, Sandia National Laboratories, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, General Dynamics, Boeing, Caterpillar Tractor, and Northrop Grumman Aerospace.  He has been a principal or co-principal investigator on over $27M in externally funded R&D since arriving at Cornell in 1977.


Professor Ingraffea was a member of the first group of Presidential Young Investigators named by the National Science Foundation in 1984. For his research achievements he has won the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics "1994 Significant Paper Award" for one of five most significant papers in the category of Computational/Analytical Applications in the past 20 years, and he has twice won the National Research Council/U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics Award for Research in Rock Mechanics (1978, 1991). His group won a NASA Group Achievement Award in 1996, and a NASA Aviation Safety Turning Goals into Reality Award in 1999 for its work on the aging aircraft problem. He became a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1991.


Professor Ingraffea has received numerous awards his outstanding teaching at Cornell.  He has been a leader in the use of workstations and information technology in engineering education, with grants from the NSF, U.S. Department of Education, Digital Equipment Corporation, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard in these areas.  He organized and was the first Director of the NSF-supported Synthesis National Engineering Education Coalition, a team of eight diverse engineering colleges.  Synthesis developed, implemented, and assessed innovative programs and technologies to improve the quality of undergraduate engineering education and to attract and graduate larger numbers of women and under-represented minority engineers.



  1. Chen, C.-S., Wawrzynek, P., Ingraffea, A. R., “Residual Strength Prediction of Aircraft Fuselages Using Crack-Tip Opening Angle Criterion”, AIAA Journal, 40, 3, 566-584, 2002.
  1. Spievak, L., Lewicki, D., Wawrzynek, P., Ingraffea, A., “Simulating Fatigue Crack Growth in Spiral Bevel Gears”, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 68, 1, 53-76, 2001.
  1. Chen, C.-S., Krause, R., Pettit, R. G., Banks-Sills, L., and Ingraffea, A. R. "Numerical Assessment of T-stress Computation Using a P-version Finite Element Method," Int. J. Fracture, 107 2, 177-199, 2001.
  1. Carter, B.J., Wawrzynek, P.A., Ingraffea, A.R. "Automated 3D Crack Growth Simulation", Gallagher Special Issue of Int. J. Num. Meth. Engng, 47, 229-253, 2000.
  1. Chi, W-M, Deierlein, G. G., Ingraffea, A. R., "Fracture Toughness Demands in Welded Beam-Column Moment Connections", J. Structural Division, ASCE, 126, 1, 88-97, 2000.
  1. Chi, W-M.,Deierlein, G., Ingraffea, A.R., "Finite Element Fracture Analysis of Welded Beam-Column Connections", Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics: 30th Volume, ASTM STP 1360, 439-455, 2000.
  1. TerMaath, S.C., Ingraffea, A.R., and Wawrzynek, P.A.  "A Computational Fracture Mechanics Approach for the Analysis of Facesheet-from-Core Disbond of Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels." Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics: 30th Volume, STP 1360, P.C. Paris and K.L. Jerina, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, PA, 169-182, 1999.
  1. Huang, C., Wawrzynek, P., Tayebi, A.K., Ingraffea, A., "On the Virtual Crack Extension Method for Calculation of the Rates of Energy Release Rate," Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 59, 521-542, 1998.