“Instrumental or mechanical science is the noblest and above all others the most useful, seeing that by means of it all animated bodies which have movement perform all their actions.” (Leonardo da Vinci)
Continuum mechanics with emphasis on solid mechanics, constitutive modeling for nonlinear elastic, viscoelastic, and liquid crystal biological systems, mechanics of ligaments, tendons, cells, lipid bilayers, and insect tracheal tubes.
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
Paper in Highlights of Smart Materials and Structures, 2011
American Society of Biomechanics President's Award, 2006
Laurea cum Laude, 2000
Engineering Science and Mechanics Department
230 Norris Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-5905
Congratulations to Albert Kwansa on successfully passing his PhD dissertation defense.
Congratulations to Victor Stewart on successfully passing his MS thesis defense.
April 23, 2013
Congratulations to Frances Davis on successfully passing her PhD dissertation defense.
April 23, 2013
Dr. De Vita received the 2013 Excellence in Access and Inclusion Award with Drs. Alex Leonessa and Susan Asselin and Ms. Andrea Sharpe.
April 3, 2013
Frances Davis received the Whitaker International Post-Doctoral Scholar Grant. "The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook."