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Wilkins Aquino

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
121 Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
309 Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708

Research Interests


Computational mechanics, finite element methods, computational inverse problems and their applications in engineering and biomedicine, scientific computing, computational acoustics and acoustics-structure interaction, coupled chemo-mechanics (e.g., electrochemistry-mechanics).

Selected Grants


Measuring arterial material properties using wave-based approaches with ultrasound and computational models

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Mayo Clinic - Rochester · 2019 - 2027

HDR TRIPODS: Innovations in Data Science: Integrating Stochastic Modeling, Data Representation, and Algorithms

ResearchSenior Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2019 - 2023

GuArDIAN: General Active Sensing for conDItion AssessmeNt

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Energy · 2019 - 2023

CPS: Medium: Collaborative Research: Smart Ultrasound Elastography for Improved Medical Imaging

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2018 - 2022

REU Site for Meeting the Grand Challenges in Engineering

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2017 - 2022

Measuring arterial material properties using wave-based approaches with ultrasound and computational models

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Mayo Clinic - Rochester · 2019 - 2027

HDR TRIPODS: Innovations in Data Science: Integrating Stochastic Modeling, Data Representation, and Algorithms

ResearchSenior Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2019 - 2023

GuArDIAN: General Active Sensing for conDItion AssessmeNt

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Energy · 2019 - 2023

CPS: Medium: Collaborative Research: Smart Ultrasound Elastography for Improved Medical Imaging

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2018 - 2022

REU Site for Meeting the Grand Challenges in Engineering

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2017 - 2022

Training in Medical Imaging

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2003 - 2020

Inverse modeling techniques for determining residual-stress fields in structures

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Sandia National Laboratories · 2017 - 2019

Generalized Waveform Methods for Viscoelasticity Mapping

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Mayo Clinic · 2017 - 2019

Risk-Averse Optimization of Large-Scale Multiphysics Systems

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Sandia National Laboratories · 2015 - 2018

Multidimensional Imaging of the Heart using Ultrasound

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Mayo Clinic · 2012 - 2015

CAREER: A Simulation Environment for Studying Aging and Degradation of Structures and Materials

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2012 - 2013

External Relationships


  • Sandia National Laboratories

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