Gregory M. Odegard

Gregory M. Odegard


Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

  • PhD, University of Denver
  • MS, University of Denver
  • BS, University of Colorado at Boulder


Greg Odegard is Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver, and a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Denver.

Odegard was a researcher at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, from 2000 to 2004, when he joined the faculty at Michigan Tech. He has received numerous awards, including the Ralf R. Teetor Educational Award in 2011, the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award in 2008, the Michigan Tech Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 2008, the Boeing/SDM Best Paper Award in 2005, and the SAMPE Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 1998.

Odegard has authored or co-authored over fifty technical journal articles and four book chapters, and has been involved in over one hundred conference presentations. According to Google Scholar, his publications have been cited over 2,400 times in the technical literature. His research has been funded by NASA, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Mayo Clinic, General Motors, REL, and Titan Tires. As a PI and co-PI, he has been involved in externally funded research projects totaling over $3 million. 

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science

Research Interests

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computational Chemistry

Recent Publications

  • Gao, Q., G. Meng, A. Nie, F. Mashayek, C. Wang, G.M. Odegard, R. Shahbazian-Yassar, “Direct Evidence of Lithium-Induced Atomic Ordering in Amorphous TiO2 Nanotubes”, Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 1660-1669 (2014) Read More
  • Odegard, G.M., B.D. Jensen, S. Gowtham, J. Wu, J. He, Z. Zhang, “Predicting Mechanical Response of Crosslinked Epoxy using ReaxFF”, Chemical Physics Letters, Vol. 591, pp. 175 - 178 (2014) Read More
  • Zhao, J., S. Nagao, G.M. Odegard, Z. Zhang, H. Kristiansen, J. He, “Size-Dependent Mechanical Behavior of Nanoscale Polymer Particles Through Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics Simulation”, Nanoscale Research Letters, Vol. 8, 541 (2013) Read More
  • Wu, J., J. He, G.M. Odegard, S. Nagao, Q.S. Zheng, Z. Zhang, “Giant Stretchability and Reversibility of Tightly-Wound Helical Carbon Nanotubes”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 135, no. 37, pp. 13775-13785 (2013) Read More
  • Wu, J., J. He, G.M. Odegard and Z. Zhang, “Effect of chain architecture on the compression behavior of nanoscale polyethylene particles”, Nanoscale Research Letters, Vol. 8, 322 (2013) Read More
  • Hadden, C.M., B.D. Jensen, A. Bandyopadhyay, G.M. Odegard, A. Koo, R. Liang, "Molecular Modeling of EPON-862/Graphite Composites: Interfacial Characteristics for Multiple Crosslink Densities", Composites Science and Technology, Vol. 76, pp. 92-99 (2013) Read More
  • King, J.A., D.R. Klimek, I. Miskioglu, G.M. Odegard, “Mechanical Properties of Graphite Nanoplatelet/Epoxy Composites”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 128, no. 6, pp. 4217-4223 (2013) Read More