Norman Dowling

Professor Emeritus

Phone: (540) 231-5399

Depts. of Materials Science Eng (MC 0237) & Biomedical Eng. & Mechanics Holden Hall, Room 208, Virginia Tech 445 Old Turner Street Blacksburg, VA 24061


Fatigue, fracture, and deformation of structural components and materials, including the effects of notches, cracks and plasticity. Combined statistical and deterministic characterization of mechanical loading, and life prediction for complex loading histories. Biomechanics and biomaterials.


  • 1972: Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 1968: B.S.,Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 1967: B.S., Civil engineering (Structures), Clemson University

Honors and Awards

  • 2004:    ASTM International, Fatigue Achievement Award, ASTM Committee E-08 on Fatigue and Fracture
  • 2003:    Editorial Board of The Journal of ASTM International, Section 1: Materials Performance and Characterization, 2003 to present.
  • 2000:    Editorial Review Board of Practical Failure Analysis, journal pub. by ASM International, Materials Park, OH, 2000 to present.
  • 1999:    American Society for Testing and Materials, Jerry R. Swedlow Lecture and Paper, keynote paper at the 31st National Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics



Volunteer Research Opportunity

VStudents from the department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics along with Dr. Nicole Abaid are conducting a Senior Design Project titled "Controlling Crowds Through Human-Robot Interactions." The goal of this project is to study how we can use a human-robot interaction to influence the movement of a group of people. To test our study, we will be performing an interactive experiment using a mobile robot and human participants in The Cube Lab at Moss Arts Center.

We are looking for student volunteers! Students will have an opportunity to participate in university research, and gain exposure to robotics, dynamics, and motion capture analysis in a state of the art lab.