TAMG Director

Antonios Kontsos, PhD

Professor & Director of TAMG

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Drexel University 3141 Chestnut St., AEL 172 A Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Phone: 215.895.2297

email: antonios.kontsos@drexel.edu|CV

Research & Teaching Interests 

My primary research interest is in theoretical and applied mechanics with emphasis on the understanding of the mechanical behavior of materials. To achieve this goal, I rely on defining multiscale microstructure-properties-behavior relations using methods that involve theory, experiments, modeling and simulations. A fundamental goal of this type of research is the understanding of the deformation and failure of advanced materials in terms of their multiscale architecture and their constitutive response with applications in materials design. An additional research goal is the identification of damage and in particular the quantification of evolving material states as a function of applied loading, which can then be used for prognosis of remaining useful life. In this context, I have been using sensing and testing methods in plasticity, fracture and fatigue investigations across length scales in conjunction with signal processing and numerical simulation approaches that could assist both the fundamental understanding of the mechanical behavior of materials as well as their applications. In relation to these research efforts, I teach topics related to solid mechanics, advanced manufacturing and cyberphysical systems.


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Rice University 2007

M.S. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Rice University 2005

B.S. Diploma in Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics University of Patras (Greece) 2002

Professional Appointments 

2021/09 –                 Professor, Mechanical Eng. & Mechanics Dept., Drexel U.

2020/05 –                 Courtesy faculty appointment, Electrical & Computer Eng. Drexel U.

2020/03 –                 Courtesy faculty appointment, School of Biomedical Eng., Drexel U.

2016/04 – 2017/11   Assistant Director (Inaugural), Drexel Center for Functional Fabrics

2015/09 –                 Associate Professor, Mechanical Eng. & Mechanics Dept., Drexel U.

2014/03 – 2015/08   P.C. Chou Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics Dept.

2009/01 – 2014/02   Assistant Professor, Mechanical Eng. & Mechanics Dept., Drexel U.

2007/08 – 2009/08   Postdoctoral Fellow, Aerospace Eng. & Engineering Mechanics, UT Austin

2002/08 – 2007/07   Graduate Student, Mechanical Eng. & Materials Science, RICE University

1998/09 – 2002/07   Research Assistant, Mechanical Eng. & Aeronautics, U. of Patras (Greece)

2001                        Intern, Institute for Chem. Eng. and High Temp. Procedures, Patras (Greece)

2000                        Intern, EC/JRC, Institute of Advanced Materials, Petten, The Netherlands


ENGR 113: Introduction to Digital Design and Advanced Manufacturing

MEM 202: Engineering Mechanics: Statics

MEM 331: Experimental Mechanics

MEM 423: Mechanics of Vibrations

MEM 427: Finite Element Method

MEM 591: Applied Engineering Analysis I

MEM 592: Applied Engineering Analysis II

MEM 593: Applied Engineering Analysis III

MEM 678: Nondestructive Evaluation Methods


Antonios Kontsos received his 5-year diploma in Mechanical Engineering from University of Patras (Greece) in 2002. His research in University of Patras was supervised by Prof. Kostopoulos of the Applied Mechanics Laboratory and focused on experimental mechanics with emphasis on post-processing of Acoustic Emission data using pattern recognition methods. He then spent about 5 years at RICE University supervised by Prof. Spanos where he received his Master of Science in 2005 and PhD in 2007 both from the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. His research at RICE focused on nonlinear and probabilistic analysis using both mathematical and computational tools to include such effects when investigating the mechanical behavior of advanced materials. Dr. Kontsos continued his training as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Prof. Landis, where he investigated the coupled thermomechanical response of ferroelectric materials. Antonios received a number of awards and scholarships in his undergraduate and graduate education from the Technical Chamber, the National Scholarship Foundation and the Onassis Foundation of Greece, as well as from RICE University and the Hellenic Professional Society of Texas. He is an author of scientific publications in journals and conference proceedings, has co-edited two book chapters, and holds two patents. He also serves in the editorial board of several international journals in his areas of expertise.