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Christian Peco

Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Engineering Science and Mechanics

409D Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

cxp598@psu.edu

814-867-0253

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology; CyberScience; Higher Performance Computing; Materials and Nanotechnology; Nanoscience, Bionanoscience and Engineering

Interest Areas:

Interdisciplinary research that explores problems in biomechanics and materials science with the long-term objective placed on the active control of soft materials, such as lipid bilayers, to create bioinspired soft nanomachinery.

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Civil Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech, 2007
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech, 2009
  • Ph D, Computational Mechanics, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech, 2014

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Tokimasa Shimada, Koji Nishiguchi, Christian Peco, Shigenobu Okazawa and Makoto Tsubokura, 2022, "Eulerian unified formulation for fluid-structure interaction problems using marker particles with Reference map", Transactions of the Japan Society for Computational Engineering and Science, 2022, 20220002
  • Farshad Ghanbari, Francesco Costanzo, David Hughes and Christian Peco, 2020, "Phase-field modeling of constrained interactive fungal networks", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 145, pp. 104160
  • C Peco, Yingjie Liu, C Rhea and JE Dolbow, 2019, "Models and Simulations of Surfactant-Driven Fracture in Particle Rafts", International Journal of Solids and Structures, 156–157, pp. Pages 194-209
  • Yingjie Liu, C Peco and John E Dolbow, 2019, "A fully coupled mixed finite element method for surfactants spreading on thin liquid films", Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 345, pp. 429-453
  • C Peco, Wei Chen, Yingjie Liu, MM Bandi, John E Dolbow and Eliot Fried, 2017, "Influence of surface tension in the surfactant-driven fracture of closely-packed particulate monolayers", Soft Matter, 13, (35), pp. 5832-5841
  • F Greco, L Filice, C Peco and M Arroyo, 2015, "A stabilized formulation with maximum entropy meshfree approximants for viscoplastic flow simulation in metal forming", International Journal of Material Forming, 8, (3), pp. 341-353
  • C Peco, Millan, Daniel, Adrian Rosolen and Marino Arroyo, 2015, "Efficient implementation of Galerkin meshfree methods for large-scale problems with an emphasis on maximum entropy approximants", Computers & Structures, 150, pp. 52-62
  • Amir Abdollahi, C Peco, Millan, Daniel, Marino Arroyo, Gustau Catalan and Irene Arias, 2015, "Fracture toughening and toughness asymmetry induced by flexoelectricity", Physical Review B, 92, (9), pp. 094101
  • Bin Li, C Peco, Millan, Daniel, Irene Arias and Marino Arroyo, 2015, "Phase-field modeling and simulation of fracture in brittle materials with strongly anisotropic surface energy", International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 102, (3-4), pp. 711-727
  • Amir Abdollahi, Millan, Daniel, C Peco, Marino Arroyo and Irene Arias, 2015, "Revisiting pyramid compression to quantify flexoelectricity: A three-dimensional simulation study", Physical Review B, 91, (10), pp. 104103
  • Amir Abdollahi, C Peco, Daniel Millan, Marino Arroyo and Irene Arias, 2014, "Computational evaluation of the flexoelectric effect in dielectric solids", Journal of Applied Physics, 116, (9), pp. 093502
  • A Rosolen, C Peco and M Arroyo, 2013, "An adaptive meshfree method for phase-field models of biomembranes. Part I: Approximation with maximum-entropy basis functions", Journal of Computational Physics, 249, pp. 303-319
  • C Peco, A Rosolen and M Arroyo, 2013, "An adaptive meshfree method for phase-field models of biomembranes. Part II: A Lagrangian approach for membranes in viscous fluids", Journal of Computational Physics, 249, pp. 320-336

Conference Proceedings

  • Tokimasa Shimada, Koji Nishiguchi, Christian Peco, Shigenobu Okazawa and Makoto Tsubokura, 2021, "Eulerian Formulation Using Lagrangian Marker Particles with Reference Map Technique for Fluid-structure Interaction Problem", 9th edition of the International Conference on Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering, 2022, 20220002
  • Amir Abdollahi, C Peco, Millan, Daniel, Marino Arroyo and Irene Arias, 2014, "A computational study of flexoelectricity in nanostructures.", 1, pp. 2
  • C Peco, A Rosolen and M Arroyo, 2013, "Simulation of the dynamics of bio-membranes in a viscous fluid with a phasefield variational lagrangian approach", 1, pp. 13
  • Adrian Rosolen, C Peco and Marino Arroyo, 2010, "Stabilized, multiscale, and multiphysics modeling in fluid mechanics.", 29(81), pp. 6

Other

  • Benjamin W Spencer, Wen Jiang, John E Dolbow and C Peco, 2016, "Pellet cladding mechanical interaction modeling using the extended finite element method", INL/CON-16-37676
  • C Peco, 2014, "Approximation of phase-field models with meshfree methods: exploring biomembrane dynamics"

Research Projects

  • January 2021 - December 2023, "Collaborative Research: Particle Reinforced Ice as a Tunable Acoustic Couplant," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • June 2020 - May 2021, "From Zombie Ants to Constrained Interactive Networks," (Sponsor: ICDS).

Honors and Awards

  • Best Student Oral Presentation Award ESM TODAY 2022, ESM, February 2022
  • Art and Science presented work at ESM TODAY 2022, ESM, February 2022
  • CMAME Journal Reviewer Recognition, Elsevier, January 2020
  • Finalist Science Photography Competition, Duke University, 2018
  • Soft Matter Featured Cover Paper, Soft Matter, 2017
  • Winner Poster Competition USNCCM, USNCCM'14, 2017
  • Best Doctoral Thesis in Computational Mechanics, SEMNI (Spanish Society of Numerical Methods in Engineering), 2014
  • Extraordinary Award for Ph.D. Thesis, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech, 2014
  • FPU (University Professorship Formation) Doctoral fellowship, Ministry of Science and Education, Spain, 2011 - 2014
  • UPC Doctoral Fellowship, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech, 2010 - 2011
  • Applied Mathematics Doctoral Fellowship, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech, 2010 - 2010
  • Winner Poster Competition UPC, Applied Mathematics Department, 2010

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Committee Member, COE Research Computing Committee, September 2022
  • Committee Work, Chairperson, COE Research Computing Committee, August 2020 - August 2022
  • Committee Work, Developer, Founder Faculty Member, Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Engineered Systems (CAFE), 2020
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Organizer, Prof. Koji Nishiguchi Seminar on Eulerian Elasticity, ICDS-ESM, November 2019 - November 2019
  • Committee Work, Co-Chairperson, ESM Safety Committee, 2018
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Undergraduate ABET Committee: Portfolio, 2018
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Undergraduate Curriculum: Dynamics and Computation, 2018
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Undergraduate Recruitment, 2018
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Graduate Qualifying/Candidacy Mechanics, 2018
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Graduate Student Recruitment & Admissions, 2018
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, ESM Computer Network & Data Management Advisory Com., 2018
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, ESM Faculty Mentoring Committee, 2017
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, COE Research Computing Committee, 2017 - 2020
  • Contributions to Programs to Enhance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Panelist, Hispanic Heritage Month Panelist, MATSE, October 2021
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Panelist, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, January 2019

Service to External Organizations:

  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Co-Organizer, Symposium: Modeling of Biological Networks, 17th U. S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, July 2023 - July 2023
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Committee Member, Member for the TTA of Biological Systems, US Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM), 2021
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Co-Organizer, Symposium Organizer, WCCM ECCOMAS 2021, January 2021 - January 2021
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Co-Organizer, Symposium Organizer, SES 2020, September 2020 - September 2020
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Co-Organizer, Symposium Organizer, WCCM ECCOMAS 2020, July 2020 - July 2020
  • Service to Enhance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Faculty, Faculty advisor, HPE 2020 Graduate Track Peer Review (Hispanic graduate student application advising), October 2020 - October 2020
  • Service to Governmental Agencies, Advisor, Invited expert for biomechanics and machine learning areas, NSF Computational Mechanics Vision Workshop, October 2019 - November 2019
 


 

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