Alan Levy


  • Ph.D., Columbia University

Lab/Center Affiliation(s):

  • Syracuse Biomaterials Institute

Research Interests:

  • Micromechanics of interfaces
  • Vascular mechanics
  • Effective composite property analysis
  • Constitutive material modeling

Current Research:

Professor Levy’s research interests lie in the fields of nonlinear mechanics and applied mathematics and focus primarily on the micromechanics of interfaces, vascular mechanics, effective composite property analysis and constitutive material modeling.

Current research activities in vascular mechanics are focused on i) the incipient growth of abdominal aortic aneurysm and ii) the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the mechanical stability of healthy and diseased arterial tissue and its constituents. Research in interface mechanics is concerned with the static and quasi-static analysis of crack-like defects in various geometries/loadings.

Courses Taught:

  • Graduate: Mathematical Methods, Elasticity, Continuum Mechanics, Inelasticity, Vibrations
  • Undergraduate: Statics, Mechanics of Solids


  • Faculty Excellence Award
  • Pi Tau Sigma (by invitation)
  • Pi Tau Sigma Award for Outstanding Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • ASME Service Certificates
  • Numerous biographical listing including American Men and Women of Science and Who’s Who.

Selected Publications:

Nguyen, C. and Levy, A.J., “Cohesive Fracture of Plane Orthotropic Layers,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, 50 1266–1284 (2013). http://

Levy, A.J. and Li, W., “Adaption of the Clinical Correlation Instructional Model for 2nd Year Engineering Science Courses,” International Journal of Engineering Education 29 1144-1154 (2013).

Levy, A.J., “On the Treatment of Statical Indeterminacy in the Elementary Statics of Particles and Rigid Bodies,” International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education 40 329-345 (2012). l 0.7227/IJMEE.40.3

Nguyen, C. and Levy, A.J., “Mechanics of Interface Failure in the Trilayer Elastic Composite,” International Journal of Solids and Structures 48 2467-2484 (201 1).

doi:10.1016/j.ijsolstr.201 1 .04.018

Nguyen, C. and Levy, A.J., “The Mechanics of Atherosclerotic Plaque Rupture by Inclusion/Matrix Interfacial Decohesion,” Journal of Biomechanics 43 46-52 (2010). doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2010.06.012

Nguyen, C. and Levy, A.J., “An Exact Theory Of lnterfacial Debonding In Layered Elastic Composites,” International Journal of Solids and Structures,” 46, 2712-2723 (2009).

Xie, M. and Levy, A.J., “Defect Propagation at a Circular Interface,” International Journal of Fracture, 144, 1-20(2007).

Levy, A.J., Shukla, A. and Xie, M., “Bending and Buckling of a Class of Nonlinear Fiber Composite Rods,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 54/5, 1064-1092 (2006).