Ryan C. Hurley

I received my PhD in Applied Mechanics from the California Institute of Technology in 2015. From 2015 to 2017, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Computational Geomechanics Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. In January 2018, I started a position as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, and a Fellow of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute.

Research topics

Since my PhD, my research has focused on understanding the links between the microscopic and macroscopic mechanical behaviors of granular materials, and other brittle structural and geologic materials. My current research interests focus on using in-situ experimental measurements to resolve the details of deformation mechanisms and failure processes in these materials to improve our understanding of their causes and effects. I am also increasingly interested in using insights from in-situ experiments to improve modeling capabilities.

Why Open Geomechanics

I joined Open Geomechanics to support the movement of educational institutions towards and open access framework. Open access makes publicly funded research justly available to the tax payers, fosters trust between the scientific community and the public, and reduces the impact of social and financial inequalities on the availability of information.

Statement of Interests

My current research is supported by institutional grants from U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). All of the research grants that I have worked on in the last 5 years, and plan to work on in the immediate future, are from public funding sources, including: the U.S. DoE, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) (for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration), and the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).