Mohammed Zikry

Zan Prevost Smith Professor

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Mohammed A. Zikry is the Zan Prevost Smith Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, his M.S. from the Johns Hopkins University, and his B.S. from the University of Kansas.

Amongst his recent awards, he has received the Jefferson Science Award as a senior science advisor to the U.S. State Department, Senior Research Fulbright Award to Egypt and France, the ALCOA Distinguished Research Award, the Research Excellence Award (NCSU) and the Ralph Teetor Research Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering.

He has been awarded a Professeur, Premiere Classe, Strasbourg University, and he is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), the Regional Editor for Mechanics of Materials, and is co-chair of the Executive Committee of ASME’s National Materials Division. He has been a senior research advisor to the Army Research Office and the Department of Defense, and a consultant to numerous industries and organizations.



Applied Mechanics

University of California, San Diego


Mechanical Engineering

Johns Hopkins University


Mechanical Engineering

University of Kansas

Research Description

Computational Modeling and Mechanics: hierarchical models spanning the nano to the macro scales; prediction of material and structural response based on physically based material models Failure models for heterogeneous ductile and brittle systems: fracture mechanics; plasticity; microstructural effects due to grain-boundaries, cell walls, sub-grains and grain morphology Dynamic behavior of structures and materials: stress waves in solids; structural dynamics; mechanical behavior of composite structures subjected to high impact velocities; grain-boundary and interfacial effects Experimental Solid Mechanics: AFM, TEM, and SEM quantitative measurements of nano and micro failure surfaces; universal scaling laws, dynamic failure Micromechanics: strengthening and toughening mechanisms in composites; mechanical behavior and structural integrity; mechanical response of ceramics, intermetallics, and polymers; interfacial fracture mechanics Active materials: structural stability and design of smart structures and materials; integration of embedded devices within host systems

Honors and Awards

  • R.J. Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension, 2015


Modeling of the microstructural behavior of hydrided zirconium alloys
Effects of electron beam manufacturing induced defects on fracture in Inconel 718
Bond, D. M., & Zikry, M. A. (2020), ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, 32.
Channel Cracking and Interfacial Delamination of Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) Nano-Sized Films on Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Substrates: Experiments and Modeling
Ziaei, S., Wu, Q., Fitch, J., Elbadry, M., & Zikry, M. A. (2019), EXPERIMENTAL MECHANICS, 59(5), 703–712.
How semi-coherent b.c.c. hydride interfacial interactions affect the inelastic deformation and fracture behavior of h.c.p. zirconium alloys
Ziaei, S., & Zikry, M. A. (2019), MECHANICS OF MATERIALS, 130, 1–8.
Hydrogen in zirconium alloys: A review
Motta, A. T., Capolungo, L., Chen, L.-Q., Cinbiz, M. N., Daymond, M. R., Koss, D. A., … Zikry, M. A. (2019). [Review of , ]. JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 518, 440–460.
Microstructural Modeling of the Mechanical Behavior of Face-Centered Cubic Nanocrystalline-Twinned Systems
Thermo-mechanical transformation of shape memory polymers from initially flat discs to bowls and saddles
Mailen, R. W., Wagner, C. H., Bang, R. S., Zikry, M., Dickey, M. D., & Genzer, J. (2019), SMART MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, 28(4).
Differentiating between intergranular and transgranular fracture in polycrystalline aggregates
Bond, D. M., & Zikry, M. (2018), Journal of Materials Science, 53(8), 5786–5798.
A fully coupled thermo-viscoelastic finite element model for self-folding shape memory polymer sheets
Mailen, R. W., Dickey, M., Genzer, J., & Zikry, M. (2017), Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics, 55(16), 1207–1219.
A predictive framework for dislocation-density pile-ups in crystalline systems with coincident site lattice and random grain boundaries
Bond, D. M., & Zikry, M. (2017), Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, 139(2).

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Basic Agreement for North Carolina University 626021
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(2/01/21 - 9/30/21)
Vibration-Enhanced Underground Sensing (VEnUS)
US Dept. of Defense (DOD)(9/15/20 - 8/31/22)
Collaborative Research: Template-free roll coatings for scalable manufacturing of regular microstructures by controlling ribbing instabilities
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/20 - 8/31/23)
Modeling of Vibration-Enhanced Underground Sensing (VENUS)
US Army - Army Research Office(9/08/17 - 7/31/20)
Understanding AM Solidification Profile Effects on Material Inhomogenieties, Defects, and Qualification
US Navy(6/01/17 - 12/01/17)
Development of a Mechanistic Hydride Behavior Model for Spent Fuel Cladding Storage and Transportation
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/01/17 - 9/30/21)
Feasibility Project: Mechanical Experiments for Adhesion Strengths of ITO and IZO Thin Films
Eastman Chemical Company(1/15/16 - 9/15/16)
Army Research Proposal for a Workshop on Nanomanufacturing
US Army - Army Research Office(9/03/12 - 10/02/13)
Mechanical Properties of Organic Solar Cells
National Science Foundation (NSF)(5/01/12 - 4/30/16)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(10/17/11 - 2/29/12)