Robert L. Lowe

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Robert Lowe
Phone: 937-229-5334
Kettering Laboratories Room 365G


  • Professor Lowe’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of mechanics, materials, structures, and computational modeling. A particular focus of his research group is the large-deformation, multi-physics constitutive modeling of advanced materials — including soft piezoelectrics, soft multiferroics, and additively manufactured (3D-printed) polymers and metals. These constitutive models are typically implemented within in-house or commercial computational tools (e.g., explicit finite-element codes) to enable predictive numerical simulations of component/structural-level deformation and failure. These novel predictive tools, and the basic scientific advancements that underpin them, are ultimately brought to bear in emerging technologies, ranging from customized biomedical devices and one-off aerospace components to stretchable electronics and compliant vibration energy harvesters. Professor Lowe is the author of numerous technical publications and co-author of the textbook Fundamentals of Continuum Mechanics (with Prof. Steve Bechtel, Ohio State). 

Selected Publications

  • Lowe, R. L., Tari, H., Dapino, M. J., & Bechtel, S. E. (submitted) A finite-strain magneto-electro-elastic framework for modeling soft multiferroic magnetoelectric materials.
  • Lowe, R. L., & Cooley, C. G. (submitted) A Newtonian mechanics formulation for the vibration of translating and rotating elastic continua. 
  • Lowe, R. L., Lin, P.-H., Yu, S.-T .J., & Bechtel S. E. (2016). An Eulerian model for nonlinear waves in elastic rods, solved numerically by the CESE method. International Journal of Solids and Structures 94-95, 179-195.
  • Islam, M. Z., Mahboob, M., & Lowe, R. L. (2016). Mechanical properties of defective carbon nanotube/polyethylene nanocomposites: A molecular dynamics simulation study. Polymer Composites 37(1), 305-314.
  • Lowe, R. L. (2015). Finite-deformation modeling of elastodynamics and smart materials with nonlinear electro-magneto-elastic coupling. Ph.D. Thesis, The Ohio State University.
  • Bechtel, S. E., & Lowe, R. L. (2014). Fundamentals of continuum mechanics. San Diego: Elsevier Academic Press.
  • Lowe, R. L., Yu, S.-T .J. Yang, L., & Bechtel, S.E. (2014). Modal and characteristics-based approaches for modeling elastic waves induced by time-dependent boundary conditions. Journal of Sound and Vibration 333(3), 873-886.
  • Santapuri, S., Lowe, R. L., Bechtel, S. E., & Dapino, M. J. (2013). Thermodynamic modeling of fully coupled finite-deformation thermo-electro-magneto-mechanical behavior for multifunctional applications. International Journal of Engineering Science 72, 117-139.
  • Islam, M. Z., Mahboob, M., Lowe, R. L., & Bechtel, S. E. (2013). Characterization of the thermal expansion properties of graphene using molecular dynamics simulations. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 46(43), 435302.
  • Mahboob, M., Islam, M. Z., Lowe, R. L., & Bechtel, S. E. (2013). Molecular dynamics and atomistic finite element simulation studies of the effect of Stone-Wales defects on the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters 5(s9), 941-951.
  • Yang, L., Lowe, R. L., Yu, S.-T .J., & Bechtel, S. E. (2010). Numerical solution by the CESE method of a first-order hyperbolic form of the equations of dynamic nonlinear elasticity. ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics 132(5), 051003.
  • Yu, S.-T.J., Yang, L., Lowe, R. L., & Bechtel, S. E. (2010). Numerical simulation of linear and nonlinear waves in hypoelastic solids by the CESE method. Wave Motion 47(3),168-182.

Courses Taught

  • EGR 201 – Mechanics I (Statics)
  • MEE 312 – Engineering Materials I
  • MEE 312L – Materials Laboratory
  • MEE 460 – Engineering Analysis


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2015
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2005
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University, 2003

Professional Activities

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Engineering Science (SES)
  • United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Sigma Xi (scientific research) honor society

Research Interests

  • Mechanics of soft smart materials, including soft piezoelectrics and soft multiferroics
  • Mechanics of additively manufactured (3D-printed) materials, from metals to elastomers
  • Constitutive modeling
  • Computational mechanics and the finite-element method
  • Structural analysis and vibrations/wave propagation