John Everett Dolbow

  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (Secondary)
  • Bass Fellow
External address: 121 Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 121 Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708-0287
Phone: (919) 660-5202

Research Areas and Keywords

PDE & Dynamical Systems
evolving interfaces, finite element methods, phase field methods
Physical Modeling
fracture, lipid membranes

Professor John E. Dolbow came to Duke University from Northwestern University, where he received an MS and PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. During the course of his graduate study, John was a Computational Science Graduate Fellow for the Department of Energy, and he spent a summer working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Dolbow's research concerns the development of computational methods for nonlinear problems in solid mechanics. In particular, he is interested in modeling quasi-static and dynamic fracture of structural components, the evolution of interfaces with nonlinear constitutive laws, and developing models for stimulus-responsive hydrogels. A native of New Hampshire, Dr. Dolbow received his Bachelor's Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University 1999

  • M.S., Northwestern University 1998

  • B.S.M.E., University of New Hampshire 1995

Embar, A, Dolbow, J, and Fried, E. "Microdomain evolution on giant unilamellar vesicles." Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology (2012): 1-19. Full Text

Dolbow, J, and Harari, I. "Erratum: An efficient finite element method for embedded interface problems." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 88.12 (2011): 1344--. Full Text

Sanders, J, Dolbow, JE, Mucha, PJ, and Laursen, TA. "A new method for simulating rigid body motion in incompressible two-phase flow." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 67.6 (2011): 713-732. Full Text

Embar, A, Dolbow, J, and Harari, I. "Imposing dirichlet boundary conditions with Nitsche's method and spline-based finite elements." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 83.7 (2010): 877-898. Full Text

Elson, EL, Fried, E, Dolbow, JE, and Genin, GM. "Phase separation in biological membranes: integration of theory and experiment." Annu Rev Biophys 39 (2010): 207-226. (Review) Full Text

Harari, I, and Dolbow, J. "Analysis of an efficient finite element method for embedded interface problems." Computational Mechanics 46.1 (2010): 205-211. Full Text

Sanders, JD, Dolbow, JE, and Laursen, TA. "On methods for stabilizing constraints over enriched interfaces in elasticity." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 78.9 (2009): 1009-1036. Full Text

Dolbow, J, and Harari, I. "An efficient finite element method for embedded interface problems." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 78.2 (2009): 229-252. Full Text Open Access Copy

Dolbow, J. "The Melosh competition." Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 45.4 (2009): 237--. Full Text

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