Institute for Bioengineering Research

Anil Misra, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Director, Institute for Bioengineering Research
Professor, Civil, Enviromental and Architectural Engineering
Primary office:
Learned Hall, 5104B

Dr.Misra is an expert in computational and experimental micromechanics, multi-scale modeling, and multi modal material characterization using high resolution techniques.His broad research interest span topics covering both basic and applied aspects of the following areas:
•Geomechanics/Geomaterials, Biomechanics/Biomaterials, Micromechanics
•Micromechanics of granular and cementitious materials (Granular Micromechanics); Higher-order continuum theories; Particle methods -Discrete element and Meshfreemethods; Abinitio atomistic modeling
•Stress-deformation and wave propagation behavior of rough interfaces, such as rock joints and imperfect interfaces.
•Micromechanical experimental characterization using: scanning acoustic microscopy and ultrasonic testing, micro-XCT, AFM and nanoindentation, micro-Raman spectroscopy, FTIR, and scanning electron microscopy.
•Nano-micro-macro mechanics of dental and craniofacial tissues and materials used in restorative dentistry.
•Geotechnical engineering: deep foundations with applications of probabilistic and reliability (LRFD) methods; coal combustion products (CCP) as construction material –fly ash soil stabilization; synthetic aggregates and cold-in-place recycling of asphalt pavements.
•Thermal and diffusion properties of polymers and granular materials.

Research Achievements
Dr. Misra is widely published and cited(h index=37).He has co-edited four books; guest edited four journal special issues; and authored more than 250 papers in journals, edited books and conference proceedings, which have attracted ~3500 citations. He has made more than 150 presentations of his research results at national and international fora. His research has been funded by a variety of sources, including the United States National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and private industry. He is active in various professional societies and serves as reviewer and editorial board member of a number of journals.

Research Interests

  • Geomechanics
  • Geomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Micromechanics


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
  • Particle Technology Forum, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM)