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

Dolbow, JE. "The Melosh Competition." Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 43.5 (2007): 345--. Full Text

Kim, T-Y, Dolbow, J, and Fried, E. "A numerical method for a second-gradient theory of incompressible fluid flow." Journal of Computational Physics 223.2 (2007): 551-570. Full Text

Mourad, HM, Dolbow, J, and Harari, I. "A bubble-stabilized finite element method for Dirichlet constraints on embedded interfaces." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 69.4 (2007): 772-793. Full Text

Sanders, J, Dolbow, J, and Laursen, T. "A stabilized treatment of arbitrarily oriented interfaces." Computational Plasticity - Fundamentals and Applications, COMPLAS IX PART 1 (2007): 145-148.

Ji, H, Mourad, H, Fried, E, and Dolbow, J. "Kinetics of thermally induced swelling of hydrogels." International Journal of Solids and Structures 43.7-8 (2006): 1878-1907. Full Text

Dolbow, J. "The Melosh Competition." Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 42.7 SPEC. ISS. (2006): 569--. Full Text

Mourad, HM, Dolbow, J, and Garikipati, K. "An assumed-gradient finite element method for the level set equation." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 64.8 (2005): 1009-1032. Full Text

Dolbow, J, Fried, E, and Shen, AQ. "Point defects in nematic gels: The case for hedgehogs." Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis 177.1 (2005): 21-51. Full Text

Dolbow, JE. "The Melosh competition." Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 41.7-8 (2005): 685--. Full Text

Dolbow, J, Fried, E, and Ji, H. "A numerical strategy for investigating the kinetic response of stimulus-responsive hydrogels." Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 194.42-44 (2005): 4447-4480. Full Text

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