Ahmed E. Elbanna holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering (2011) and an M.S. in applied mechanics (2006), both from CALTECH, and an M.S. in structural engineering (2005) and B.S. in civil engineering (2003) from Cairo University. He was a postdoc in Physics at UCSB (2011-2012). He joined UIUC as an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2013 and he currently leads the Mechanics of Complex Systems Laboratory. Elbanna's research focuses on problems in theoretical and applied mechanics of solids, in the presence and absence of pore fluids, with special emphasis on fracture, deformation and wave propagation problems as they arise in geophysics, biological materials, and material design. He is a fellow of National Center of Supercomputing Applications, a faculty affiliate of Beckman Institute of Advanced Studies, a recipient of NSF Faculty Early CAREER award, and the recipient of Journal of Applied Mechanics paper award (2019).

SCEC Participation

SCEC Science Planning Committee, Group Co-Leader (2019 - Present)

Elbanna, A. E. (2019, 08). Dynamic Rupture Propagation on Fault Planes with Explicit Representation of Short Branches: Stress Heterogeneity, High Frequency Generation, and Novel Supershear Transition Mechanism. Poster Presentation at 2019 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 9784

Abdelmeguid, M., Ma, X., & Elbanna, A. E. (2019, 08). Modeling sequence of earthquakes and aseismic slip (SEAS) in low-velocity faults zones using a computationally efficient numerical algorithm. Poster Presentation at 2019 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 9568

Ma, X., & Elbanna, A. E. (2019). Dynamic Rupture Propagation on Fault Planes withExplicit Representation of Short Branches. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, (under review). SCEC Contribution 9021

Elbanna, A. E., Hajarolasvadi, S., Ma, X., Abdelmeguid, M., Kammer, D., Albertini, G., Haber, B., & Madhukar, A. (2018, 08). Modeling Earthquake Mechanics with High Resolution Fault Zone Physics: New Computational Tools for Addressing The Conundrum of Scales. Poster Presentation at 2018 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 8686

Abdelmeguid, M., Ma, X., & Elbanna, A. E. (2018, 08). A novel hybrid numerical finite element-spectral boundary integral scheme for modeling earthquake cycles. Poster Presentation at 2018 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 8676

Ma, X., & Elbanna, A. E. (2018, 08). Modeling Dynamic Ruptures with High Resolution Fault Zone Physics. Poster Presentation at 2018 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 8667

Elbanna, A. E., Ma, X., & Hajaroalsvadi, S. (2017, 08). Towards dynamic rupture models with high resolution fault zone physics. Poster Presentation at 2017 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 7817

Ma, X., & Elbanna, A. E. (2017, 08). Stick Slip Instabilities and Strain Localization Dynamics in a fluid-infiltrated fault gouge zone model . Poster Presentation at 2017 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 7780

Chen, Q., & Elbanna, A. E. (2017, 08). The material-geometry nexus: Understanding topographic effects on wave propagation. Poster Presentation at 2017 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 7740

Ma, X., & Elbanna, A. E. (2016, 08). Brittle to ductile transition in a model of sheared granular materials . Poster Presentation at 2016 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 6497

Chen, Q., & Elbanna, A. E. (2016, 08). Data-driven ambient noise correlation for characterization and fragility evaluation in power grids. Poster Presentation at 2016 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 6491

Kothari, K. R., & Elbanna, A. E. (2016, 08). Localization and instability in sheared granular materials: Role of friction and vibration. Poster Presentation at 2016 SCEC Annual Meeting. SCEC Contribution 6418

Elbanna, A. E., & Carlson, J. M. (2014). Strong velocity weakening and energy partition in a model of sheared dry gouge with thermally varying material properties. Journal of Geophysical Research, (submitted). SCEC Contribution 2010

Carlson, J. M., Elbanna, A. E., & Lieou, C. K. (2016). Dynamic friction in sheared fault gouge: Implications of acoustic vibration on triggering and slow slip. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 121(3), 1483-1496. doi: 10.1002/2015JB012741. SCEC Contribution 7884

Elbanna, A. E., & Carlson, J. M. (2014). A two-scale model for sheared fault gouge: competition between macroscopic disorder and local viscoplasticity. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 119(6), 4841. doi: 10.1002/2014JB011001. SCEC Contribution 2096

Elbanna, A. E., & Carlson, J. M. (2014). A two‐scale model for sheared fault gouge: Competition between macroscopic disorder and local viscoplasticity. . Journal of Geophysical Research,. doi: 10.1002/2014JB011001. SCEC Contribution 2091

Lieou, C. K., Elbanna, A. E., & Carlson, J. M. (2014). Grain fragmentation in sheared granular flow: Weakening effects, energy dissipation, and strain localization. Physical Review E, 89(2), 022203. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.89.022203. SCEC Contribution 1925