Raffaella De Vita

Associate Professor


Area(s) of Interest: Biomechanics, Solid Mechanics
Phone: (540) 231-5905
Email: devita@vt.edu
STRETCH Lab

335 Kelly Hall
325 Stanger Street (MC 0298)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Interests

Continuum mechanics with emphasis on solid mechanics; Constitutive modeling of nonlinear elastic, viscoelastic, and liquid crystals biological systems; Cardiovascular mechanics, mechanics of ligaments and tendons, cellular mechanics

Education

  • 2005: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2003: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2000: Laurea, Mathematics, University of Naples II

Honors and Awards

  • Liviu Librescu Faculty Price, 2014
  • College of Engineering Faculty Fellow, 2014
  • College of Engineering Award for Outreach Excellence, 2014
  • PECASE Award, 2012
  • Excellence in Access and Inclusion Award, Virginia Tech, April 23, 2013
  • Scholar of the Week, Virginia Tech, August 27, 2012
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2012
  • NSF CBET Award Achievement, 2012
  • American Society of Biomechanics President's Award, 2006
  • Laurea cum Laude in Mathematics, 2000

Publications

  • Baah-Dwomoh, A., McGuire, J., Tan, T., De Vita, R., Mechanical Properties of Female Reproductive Organs and Supportive Connective Tissues: A Review of the Current State of Knowledge, Applied Mechanics Reviews, 68:060801, 2016.
  • Tan, T., Cholewa, N. W., Case, S. W., De Vita, R., Micro-structural and Biaxial Creep Properties of the Swine Uterosacral-cardinal Ligament Complex, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 44:3225-3237, 2016.
  • Kwansa, A. L., De Vita, R., Freeman, J. W., Tensile Mechanical Properties of Collagen Type I Microfibrils and their Enzymatic Crosslinks, Biophysical Chemistry, 214-215:1-10, 2016.
  • Webster, M. R., Socha, J. J., Teresi, L., Nardinocchi, P., De Vita, R., Structure of Tracheae and the Functional Implications for Collapse in the American Cockroach, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 10:066011, 2015.
  • Guo, Z., Freeman, J. W., Barrett, J. B., De Vita, R., Quantification of Strain Induced Damage in Medial Collateral Ligaments, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 137:071011, 1-6, 2015.
  • Tan, T., De Vita, R., A Structural Constitutive Model for Smooth Muscle Contraction in Biological Tissues, International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 75:46-53, 2015.
  • Tan, T., Davis, F., Gruber, D. D., Massengill, J. C., Robertson, J. L., De Vita, R., Histo-mechanical Properties of Swine Uterosacral and Cardinal Ligaments, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 42, 129-137, 2015.
  • Becker, W. R., De Vita, R., Biaxial Mechanical Properties of Swine Uterosacral and Cardinal Ligaments, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 14:549-560, 2015.
  • Becker, W. R., Webster,* M. R., Socha, J. J., De Vita, R., Variation in Tensile Properties of Tracheal Tubes in the American Cockroach, Smart Materials and Structures, 23:057001, 2014.
  • Kwansa, A. L., De Vita, R., Freeman, J. W., Mechanical recruitment of N- and C-crosslinks in collagen type I, Matrix Biology, 34:161-169, 2014.
  •  Davis, F. M., De Vita, R., A Three-dimensional Constitutive Model for the Stress Relaxation of Articular Ligaments, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 13:653-663, 2014.
  • De Vita, R., Stewart, I. W., Energetics of Lipid Bilayers with Applications to Deformations Induced by Inclusions, Soft Matter, 9:2056-2068, 2013.
  •  Davis, F. M., De Vita, R., A Nonlinear Constitutive Model for Stress Relaxation in Ligaments and Tendons, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 40:2541-2550, 2012.
  • Evans, D. E., Vavalle, N. A., De Vita, R., Rajagopalan, P., Sparks, J. L., Nano-Indentation Device for Investigating the Mechanics of Compliant Materials, Experimental Mechanics, 53:217-229, 2012.
  • Sopakayang, R., De Vita, R., Kwansa, A., Freeman, J. W., Elastic and Viscoelastic Properties of a Type I Collagen Fiber, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 293:197-205, 2012.
  • Everett, E., Barrett, J. G., Morelli, J., De Vita, R., Biomechanical Testing of a Novel Suture Pattern for Repair of Equine Tendon Lacerations, Veterinary Surgery, 41:278-285, 2012.
  • Webster, M. R., De Vita, R., Twigg, J. N., Socha, J. J., Mechanical Properties of Tracheal Tubes in the American Cockroach (Periplaneta Americana), Smart Materials and Structures, 20:094017, 2011.
  •  Sopakayang, R., De Vita, R., A Mathematical Model for Relaxation, Creep, and Strain Stiffening in Parallel-Fibered Collagenous Tissues, Medical Engineering & Physics, 33:1056-1063, 2011.
  • De Vita, R., Stewart, I. W., Nonlinearity in Tilt and Layer Displacements of Planar Lipid Bilayers, The European Physical Journal E: Soft Matter and Biological Physics, 32:319-326, 2010.
  • Nikkhah, M., Strobl, J.S., De Vita, R. and Agah, M., The Cytoskeletal Organization of Breast Carcinoma and Fibroblast Cells Inside Three Dimensional (3-D) Isotropic Silicon Microstructures, Biomaterials, 31:4552-61, 2010.
  • Arcari, A., De Vita, R., Dowling, N., Mean Stress Relaxation During Cyclic Straining of High Strength Aluminum Alloys, International Journal of Fatigue, 31: 1742-1750, 2009.
  • Guo, Z., De Vita, R., Probabilistic Constitutive Law for Damage in Ligaments, Medical Engineering & Physics, 31: 1104-1109, 2009.
  • De Vita, R., Stewart, I. W., Influence of Weak Anchoring upon the Alignment of Smectic A Liquid Crystals with Surface Pretilt, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 20:335101, 2008.
  • De Vita, R., Stewart, I. W., Leo, D. J., Pressure effects on the equilibrium configurations of bilayer lipid membranes, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 40: 13179-13196, 2007.
  • De Vita, R., Slaughter, W. S., A Constitutive Equation for the Failure Behavior of Medial Collateral Ligaments, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 6: 189-197, 2007.
  • De Vita, R., Leo, D. J., Woo, K. D., Nah, C., A Constitutive Law for Poly(Butylene Terephthalate) Nanofibers Mats, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 102: 5280-5283, 2006.
  • De Vita, R., Slaughter, W. S., A Structural Constitutive Model for the Strain Rate Dependent Behavior of Anterior Cruciate Ligaments, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 43: 1561-1570, 2006.