Ilinca Stanciulescu


In memory of Ilinca Stanciulescu-Panea (1972-2021), who died on February 28 after battling cancer. She was 49.


Ilinca Stanciulescu holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, a B.S. in Applied Mathematics (2000) from Bucharest University and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2005) from Duke University. Before joining the Ph.D. Program at Duke University, she served as a junior lecturer in the Department of Strength of Materials of the Technical University of Civil Engineering (T.U.C.E.) in Bucharest, Romania. She has also worked as a structural design engineer (full-time in 1995 before joining the faculty at T.U.C.E., and part-time thereafter). Prior to joining Rice University, she served as Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2006-2009) and as Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Duke University Computational Mechanics Laboratory (2005-2006).

Research Areas

Computational mechanics (non-linear finite elements), constitutive modeling of materials, multiscale and multi-physics formulations, non-linear dynamics and stability of complex systems.


Ph.D., Duke University, Civil Engineering, Durham, NC, 2005

B.S., Bucharest University, Department of Mathematics, Bucharest, Romania, 2000

M.A. Sci.,Technical University of Civil Engineering, Advanced Methods in Structural Analysis, Bucharest, Romania, 1996

B,S, Technical University of Civil Engineering, Structural Eng. Bucharest, Romania, 1995 Teaching Certificate, 1994

Teaching Areas

Nonlinear Finite Element Method

Advanced Mechanics of Materials

Elasticity, Plasticity and Damage Mechanics

Societies & Organizations

United States Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)