John W. Rudnicki


Curriculum Vitae



Date and Place of Birth:  August 12, 1951, Huntington, West Virginia




September, 1981 – present, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

August, 1978 – August 1981, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

February, 1977 – July, 1978, California Institute of Technology




September 1991 – present, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

September 1990 – present, Professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Civil and Environmental Engineering

September, 1981 – August, 1990, Associate Professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Civil Engineering

August 1978 – August 1981, Assistant Professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, (University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign)

February 1977 – July 1978, Research Fellow and Instructor in Geophysics (California Institute of Technology)




            Brown University, 1969 – 1977; Sc.B. (Engineering Mechanics), June 1973; Sc.M.

            (Solid Mechanics), June 1974; Ph.D.  (Solid Mechanics), January 1977.




Fellow, American Rock Mechanics Association, 2017

Honorary Professorship in CEE, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2015 - 2017

Society of Engineering Science Medal, 2014

Caterpillar Prize for paper co-authored with WaiChing Sun and Matthew R. Kuhn, “A multiscale DEM-LBM analysis on permeability evolutions inside a dilatant shear band,”Acta Geotechnica, DOI 10.1007/s1144013-0210-2, 2013.

Citation, Excellence in Reviewing, Journal of Geophysical Research, 2013

Fellow, Engineering Mechanics Institute (Am. Soc. Civil Eng.), 2013

Daniel C. Drucker Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2011

Honor Roll for Faculty and Administrators, Associated Student Government, Northwestern University, 2010.

Advisor of the Year, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, 2009

Brown Engineering Alumni Medal, June, 2008

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2008

Maurice A. Biot Medal 2006 from Engineering Mechanics Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers "For his fundamental contributions to the mechanics of porous media and its applications to rock mechanics and geophysics."

Award for Outstanding Research in Rock Mechanics (June 1977) from the U.S. National Committee on Rock Mechanics, for the paper "Conditions for the localization of deformation in pressure‑sensitive dilatant materials" (with J.R. Rice), J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 23, 371‑394, 1975.


Professional Activities:




American Geophysical Union, 1975

American Association for the Advancement of Science (1975 – 2010)

American Society of Civil Engineers, 2006 (Fellow, Engineering Mechanics Institute, 2013)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1987 (Fellow, 2008)

Seismological Society of America (1978 – 2011)

Sigma Xi (1975- 2010)




Advisory Board, Mechanics of Cohesive-Frictional Material and Structures, An International Journal on Experiments, Modeling and Computation, (Incorporated into International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, January, 2001) 1995-

Contributing Editor in Geophysics, Mechanics, 1982 – 1989

Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research, 1986‑1988

Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 1988‑1994

Guest Editor, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Special volume honoring John Dundurs, 1994

Co-editor (with T.-J. Chuang) Multiscale Fracture and Deformation in Materials and Structures, The James R. Rice 60th Anniversary Volume, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, April, 2000.


Committees and Panels:


External Advisory Board, Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), Member 2005- 2010

U. S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Sciences, Geosciences Council, 1997- 2010 (Chairman 2008 - 2010)

IUTAM Working Party 8, Geophysical and Environmental Mechanics, Member, 2004- 2009

Poroelasticity Committee, Mechanics Institute (American Society of Civil Engineers), 2003 –  

N. S. F. Review Panel on San Andreas Continental Fault Zone Drilling Project, May 28-29, 1999

NAS/NRC U. S. National Committee on Rock Mechanics, 1995-1999

NAS/NRC Advisory Panel for AFOSR Research Proposals in Mechanics (Vice Chairman), 1996

ASME/AMD Committee on Geomechanics, 1982 ‑present (Chairman, 1985‑88)

U.S. Geological Survey Peer Review Panel for National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program 1986‑1989

N.S.F. Panel for Review of Science and Technology Center Proposals in Earth Sciences, 1988; U.S. National Committee on Rock Mechanics, Subpanel on Awards, 1988‑1991

Seismological Society of America, Nominating Committee for Board of Directors, 1990 Department of Energy External Review Panel for J. S. Szymanski Report, "Conceptual Considerations of the Yucca Mountain Groundwater System with Special Emphasis on the Adequacy of this System to Accommodate a High-Level Waste Repository" 1990-91.


Scientific Committees:


GeoProc 2017, Multiphysical Processes and Phenomena Across Scales, July 5 -7, 2017, Paris, France.

6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, July 9 - 13, 2017. École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and IFSTTAR, Paris, France.

Mechanics and Physics of Porous Solids: A tribute to Pr. Olivier Coussy, April 18 - 20, 2011. École des Ponts ParisTech and the Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris)

4th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Columbia University, June 8-10, 2009

GeoProc 2008, 3rd International Conference on Coupled T-H-M-C Processes in Geo-systems: Fundamentals, Modeling, Experiments & Applications, June 2-6, Lille, France

3nd Biot Conference on Poromechanics, June 24 - 27, 2004, Norman, Oklahoma

2nd Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Aug. 26-28, 2002, Grenoble, France

International Workshop on Bifurcation and Instabilities, June 2-5, 2002, University of Minnesota

Biot Conference on Porous Mechanics, Sept. 14-16, 1998, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; International Committee, Seventh Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, 1991.




            Computers and Geosciences; Dept. of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences; Earth and      Planetary Science Letters; Elsevier/Woodhead Publishing; Geomechanics for Earth and

            Environment; Geophysical Journal International; Geophysical Research Letters;

            Geotechnique; Journal of Applied Mechanics; Journal of Geophysical Research; Journal

            of Structural Geology; Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids; International

            Journal for Greenhouse and Gas Control; International Journal of Numerical and

            Analytical Methods in Geomechanics; International Journal of Solids and Structures;

            International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Science; Mathematical Problems in     

            Engineering; Mechanics of Materials; Mechanics Research Communications; National

            Science Foundation; Petroleum Research Fund; Nature: Philosophical Transactions of the     Royal Society, A; Physics of Earth and Planetary             Interiors; Pure and Applied             Geophysics (PAGEOPH); Science


Short Appointments and selected lectures:


MTS Visiting Chair, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota, August 24 – September 4, 2015

Plenary Lecture, “Formation and Extension of Localized Compaction in Porous Sandstone”, American Association of Rock Mechanics Meeting, June 26, 2012

MTS Visiting Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, October 1 – 31, 2010.

“Geological Sequestration of CO2: ‘Not as harebrained as it sounds’”, Sigma Xi Lecture, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Friday, April 25, 2008.

“Localized Failure in Brittle Rocks” Keynote Lecture, GEOProc 2008, 3rd International Conference on coupled T-H-M-C processes in geo-systems: fundamentals, modeling experiments and applications, June 2-6, 2008, Lille, France. June 2, 2008.

“Failure of Rocks in the Laboratory and in the Earth” Sectional Lecture, ICTAM 2008, 22nd International Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, August 24-29, 2008, Adelaide, Australia. August 27, 2008.

 “True Triaxial Testing and the Failure of Rocks”, Maurice Biot Lecture, Columbia University, October 30, 2007

Participant, Program on Granular Physics, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, Ca April 5 – 15, 2005

Invited participant, Program on Granular and Particle Laden Flows, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, England, September, 2003

Invited lecturer Vening Meinesz Research School of Geodynamics, TU Delft, The Netherlands, February 2003

Lecturer, Deformation in the Earth’s Continental Crust: Theory, Experiment and Modeling, Advanced Course, International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, CISM, June 17 - 21, 2002, Udine, Italy

Invited Lecture, Gordon Conference on Rock Deformation, Deformation Mechanism and Mode of Failure Transitions in Rocks, May 19-24, 2002, Il Ciocco, Italy

Visiting Professor, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, April, 2001

Southwest Mechanics Lecturer, March, 1996

Geophysicist, Office of Earthquake Studies, U. S. Geological Survey, June, 1979






IMPACT Project, Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research, Norway, 2012 - 2014

Exxon-Mobil, 2007

Advantek International, February, 2002

Amoco Netherlands, Sept. - December, 1994; 1996

Snap-On Tools, Kenosha, WI, April, 1996

Sandia National Laboratory, 1982‑1992

Science Applications International Corporation, 1990-91

Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, March 17‑18, 1981

Amoco Oil Company, September 25‑28, 1983


Courses Taught:                                                                                                         


Graduate:  Theoretical Geophysics (Caltech), Wave Motion in Continuous Media (Univ. of Illinois), Fracture Mechanics, Theory of Elasticity, Continuum Mechanics, Plasticity, Dynamics of Structures, Mechanics of Earthquakes, Inelastic Behavior of Solids.


Undergraduate: Mechanics of Materials, Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics), Continuum Mechanics, Engineering Analysis - 2, Mechanics of Sports.


Last update: June 5, 2017.