Sam Nakhla

BSc. (Aeronautical Engineering), MSc, Ph.D. (Aerospace Engineering) Georgia Institute of Technology, PEng

  • Associate Professor
  • Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning (Mechanical Engineering)
Contact Information

Ph: 709-864-3814
Em: satnakhla[at]
Office: EN3043


Mechanics of Materials

Research Interests

Material degradation and failure analyses for the prediction of remaining life with a focus on their  applications in aerospace, mechanical and biomedical engineering

Personal Profile

Dr. Nakhla is an associate professor of mechanical engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. He is also cross-appointed to Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. He received his graduate degrees from The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Prior to joining Memorial University in 2013, Dr. Nakhla held positions in academia (Georgia Tech) and industry (aircraft maintenance industry and software development at IBM). Since joining Memorial, he has introduced four research areas in mechanical engineering, namely, composite materials analysis and design, failure analysis in finite element method, material degradation multiscale simulations and biomechanics. The main outcome of research activities in these areas is excellent researchers and engineers … AKA ‘The Research Team’
Together with his research team they introduced new accurate damage models for brittle and ductile materials. Also, they established highlighted research on extending Ramberg-Osgood relationship to describe elastoplastic behavior of structures developed using new additive manufacturing technologies. Additionally, they introduced generalized atomistic methodologies to predict material degradation in harsh environment for oil and gas and aerospace industries. Moreover, for aircraft structure and ship superstructure, they created new design method based on failure modes of sandwich structures. Furthermore, they developed new methodology for accurate and cost-effective testing of large aircraft structure as well as designed oil dispersant system for fixed wing aerial platform. Collaboration with medicine focused on craniofacial reconstruction, prosthetic foot assessment and design as well as aging and rupture prediction of aortic aneurysm.


Research team: Germain laboratory for Advanced Structures (GLAS)
Colors: Black and Gold

Biomedical Engineering page: (old page)

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Normally hiring graduate students for Master of Engineering (MEng) and PhD; (currently no vacancies available; not hiring)