Leslie Lamberson

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Headshot of Leslie LambersonDr. Lamberson earned her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and B.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Michigan, her M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a thesis on thin foil fatigue, and her Ph.D. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology with a dissertation on hypervelocity impact damage under Professor Ares Rosakis. Dr. Lamberson joined Mines from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where she was the P.C. Chou Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics with an affiliated appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. Prior to her faculty position, Dr. Lamberson was a postdoctoral research scholar with K.T. Ramesh in the Center for Advanced Metallic and Ceramic Systems at the Johns Hopkins University. A former Lockheed Martin “Skunk Works” engineer, in 2013 Leslie was a NASA Glenn Faculty Fellow in their Materials and Structures under Extreme Conditions Division. She is the recipient of an ONR Young Investigator Award in 2017 and an NSF CAREER award in 2018.  


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Labs and Research Centers

Research Areas

  • Mechanics of materials under extreme conditions
  • Impact physics
  • Dynamic fracture
  • Full-field metrology techniques

Selected Publications

  • A. Paradiso, I. Mendoza, A. Bellafatto, L. Lamberson (2019). Failure behavior of woven fiberglass composites under combined compressive and environmental loading, Special Issue ASC 2018: Journal of Composites, in production, 1-15. DOI: 10.1177/0021998319878771
  • S. Pagano, J. Jewell, L. Lamberson (2019). A Tunable Modified-Hopkinson Impact Fatigue Device, Review of Scientific Instruments, in production, (90):1-7. DOI: 10.1063/1.5100033 
  • X. Zhao, M. Togaru, Q. Guo, C. Weinberger, L. Lamberson, G. Thompson (2019). Carbon influence on the fracture toughness of niobium. carbides, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, (39), No.16, 5167-5173.   DOI: 10.1016/j.jeurceramicsoc.2019.08.22
  • M. W. Barsoum, X. Zhao, S. Shanazarov, A. Romanchuk, S. Koumlis, S.J. Pagano, L. Lamberson, G. Tucker (2019). Ripplocations: A universal deformation mechanism in layered solids, Physical Review Materials, (3), No. 1, 013602.   DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.3.013602
  • S. Koumlis, L. Lamberson (2019). Strain Rate Dependent Compressive Response of Open Cell Polyurethane Foam, Experimental Mechanics, (59), Issue 7, 1087-1103.   DOI: 10.1007/s11340-019-00521-3
  • S. Koumlis, S. Pagano, G. Retuerta del Rey, Y. Kim, P. Jewell, M. Noh, L. Lamberson (2019). Drop on Demand Colloidal Suspension Inkjet Patterning for DIC, Experimental Techniques, (43), No. 2, 137-148.   DOI: 10.1007/s40799-018-0260-3