Hugh A Bruck

Title : Professor of Mechanical Engineering
         Director of Graduate Studies

Phone : 301.405.8711
Fax : 301.314.9477
Email :
Office : Room 2153, Building 088,
Glenn L. Martin Hall

Land Mail :
Hugh A Bruck
Room 2153, Building 088,
  (Glenn L. Martin Hall)
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

  • Education :
B. S. Mechanical Engineering
(Magna Cum laude w/ Honors from the Honors College)
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1988.

M. S. Mechanical Engineering
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1989

Ph.D. Materials Science
(Minor in Applied Mechanics)
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1994

  • Teaching :

ENES 102


ENES 382

Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Processes
ENME 670 Continuum Mechanics
ENME 672 Composite Materials
ENME 677 Applied Elasticity
ENME 661 Dynamic Behavior of Materials and Structures
  • Fellowship :
  • Executive Board, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2009-present
  • National Meetings Council, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2009-present
  • Associate Editor, Experimental Mechanics, 2001-present
  • Technical Reviewer for journals: AIAA Journal, Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design,
    • Journal of Applied Mechanics, Journal of Materials Processing and Manufacturing Science, Optical Engineering, Optics and Lasers in Engineering, Experimental Mechanics
  • Honors & Awards :
  • Best Paper Award, ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference, 2010
  • ASME Fellow, 2008
  • Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Appreciation Award, 2007
  • A.J. Durelli Innovative Young Researcher Award, 2006
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2005
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, 2000
  • Army Summer Faculty Research and Engineering Program, 1997
  • Clark fellowship in Materials Science, 1991-1994
  • Du Pont graduate fellowship in Mechanical Engineering, 1988-1989
  • Outstanding senior in Mechanical Engineering, 1988
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1987
  • Carolina Scholar, 1984-1988
  • Research Interests :
  • Multifunctional and Sandwich Structures for Micro-air Vehicles, Rotorcraft, and Marine Structures
  • Hierachically-structured Polymer Composites for Heat Exchangers and Marine Structures
  • Nano-biocomposite Materials for Biosensing and Lab-on-a-Chip
  • Biologically Inspired Materials and Structures for Implantable Medical Devices and Armor
  • Functionally Graded Materials for Energetic Concepts and Armor
  • Polymer Nanocomposites for Space Systems
  • Graded Shape Memory Alloy Thin Films and Composites for MEMS devices, Active Structures, and Structural Health Management
  • Multiscale Mechanical Characterization
  • Dynamic Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Failure of Materials
  • Full-field Deformation Measurement Techniques
  • Microscale Mechanical Characterization and Nanoindentation Techniques
  • Structural Joining Techniques
  • Injection Molding of Polymer and Polymer Composites
  • Casting of Alloys and Composites
  • Powder Metallurgical Processing of Composites and Ceramics
  • Rapid Prototyping Techniques
  • 10 Most Recent Journal Publications :

1.   M.Yang, S. Sun, H.A. Bruck, A. Rasooly, and Y. Kostov, “Electrical percolation-based biosensor for real-time direct detection of Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB)”, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 25, 2573-2578 (2010).

2.  M.Yang, H.A. Bruck, D. Kostov, and A. Rasoolym “Electrical Percolation Biological Semiconductor”, Analytical Chemistry 82, 3567-3572 (2010).

3.  H.A. Bruck, A.L. Gershon, M.A. Sutton, Shaowen Xu, and Vikrant Tiwari, “Multiscale Mechanical and Structural Characterization of Palmetto Wood for Bio-inspired Hierarchically Structured Polymer Composites”, Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Systems, 30, 235-244 (2010).

4.  A. L. Gershon, H.A. Bruck, A.R. Hopkins, and K.N. Segal, “Curing Effects of Single-Wall Carbon NanoTube Reinforcement on Mechanical Properties of Filled Epoxy Adhesives”, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 41, 729-743

5.   W. Bejgerowski, S. K. Gupta, and H.A. Bruck, “A Systematic Approach to Designing Multi-functional Thermally Conducting Polymer Structures with Embedded Actuators”, Journal of Mechanical Design, 131, 111009 (2009)

6.     A.L. Gershon, A.K. Kota, and H.A. Bruck, “Characterization of Quasi-static Mechanical Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites using a New Combinatorial Approach”, Journal of Composite Materials, 43, 2587-2598 (2009).

7.    D.P. Cole, H. Jin, W.-Y. Lu, H.A. Bruck, and A.L. Roytburd, “A nanoscale technique for characterizing recovery of inelastic deformation in graded shape memory alloy films”, Applied Physics Letters, 94, 193114 (2009).

8.   D. P. Cole, H.A. Bruck, and A.L. Roytburd, “Nanoindentation Studies of Graded Shape Memory Alloy Thin Films Processed Using Diffusion Modification“, Journal of Applied Physics, 103, 064315 (2008).    

9.    A, Kota, B, H. Cipriano, M. Duesterberg, D, Powell, D. I. Bigio, S, R. Raghavan, and H. A. Bruck, “Electrical and Rheological Percolation in Polystyrene/MWCNT composites”, Macromolecules, 40, 7400-7406 (2007).

10.  A, Kota, B, H. Cipriano, M. Duesterberg, D, Powell, S, R. Raghavan, and Hugh A. Bruck, “Quantitative Characterization of the Formation of an Interpenetrating Phase Composite in Polystyrene from the Percolation of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes”, Nanotechnology  , 18, 505705 (2007).