John Berger

Senior Associate Provost, Professor and
Department Head, Mechanical Engineering

Headshot of John Berger outdoorsDr. Berger has a BS in Civil (Structural) Engineering and an MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Berger’s primary research interests are in the mechanical behavior and fracture of materials.

Specifically, he has been engaged in research concerning dynamic crack growth and crack arrest in brittle and ductile materials, analytical and computational tools for analysis of anisotropic solids, elastic wave-based models for the nondestructive evaluation of cylindrically anisotropic solids, discrete element models for fracture of rock, and numerical/experimental studies of deformation and fracture in functionally graded materials. Most recently, Dr. Berger has been involved with mechanics-related issues in lithium ion batteries. Dr. Berger spent five years on the staff of the Fracture and Deformation Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and has been at Colorado School of Mines since 1994.


Brown Hall W350B

Research Areas

  • Electrochemical stresses in lithium-ion batteries and transport membranes
  • Homogenization methods for heterogeneous materials
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Green’s functions and boundary element methods
  • Mechanics of anisotropic materials


  • Malavé, V., Berger, J. R, and Martin, P. A., Concentration Dependent Chemical Expansion in Lithium-ion Cathode Particles, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 81 (2014).
  • Malavé, V., Berger, J. R., Zhu, H., and Kee, R. J., A Computational Model of the Mechanical Behavior within Reconstructed Lix Co O2 Li-ion Battery Cathode Particles, Electrochemica Acta 130: 707-717 (2014).
  • Adam, M. M., Berger, J. R., and Martin, P. A., Singularities in Auxetic Elastic Bimaterials, Mechanics Research Communications 47: 102-105 (2013).
  • Elmabrouk, B. and Berger, J. R., Boundary Element Analysis for Effective Stiffness Tensors: Effect of Fabric Tensor Determination Method, Computational Mechanics 51: 391-398 (2013).
  • Berger, J. R.,  and Karageorghis, A, The Galerkin Method of Fundamental Solutions, Advances in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, 5: 423-441 (2013).

Recent Courses

  • Advanced Engineering Analysis
  • Boundary Element Methods
  • Fracture and Fatigue
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials