Janet A. Blume Associate Professor of Engineering, Senior Associate Dean of Dean of the Faculty

Professor Blume is currently the Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty (2011-present).

 

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Princeton University, Magna Cum Laude in 1982, followed by a PhD in Applied Mechanics from the California Institute of Technology in 1986. She immediately joined the faculty in Engineering at Brown as a member of the Mechanics of Solids and Structures group, doing research in the mathematical issues in the behavior of solids undergoing large deformations.

She has taught engineering courses at all levels of the graduate and undergraduate curricula in the School of Engineering, and is perhaps most known for teaching the introductory engineering courses.

 

Professor Blume has received the Philip J. Bray award for Excellence in Teaching in the Physical Sciences, 1997, the School of Engineering Dedicated Faculty award, 2009, and the Karen T. Romer Prize for Excellence in Advising, 2011.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

  • Rizza, G, and Blume J. Area Preserving Plane Deformations Generated from a Given Rotation Field along a Prescribed Curve. In preparation.
  • Rizza, G, and Blume J. Twinned Finite Plane Deformations Generated by Prescribed Rotation Fields. To appear in Journal of Elasticity, DOI 10.1007/s10659-013-9455-0, 2013.
  • Rizza, G, and Blume J. Plane Deformations Generated by a Prescribed Finite Rotation Field. Journal of Elasticity February 2013, Volume 110, Issue 2, pp 141-158
  • Blume, J. An Undergraduate Teacher Education Program For Engineering Students. Proceedings, PTEC Annual Conference series, American Physical Society, Boulder CO: March, 2007.
  • Pedersen, L, Blume, J, and Bordac, S. Using Patents Databases to Teach Information Finding Skills to Engineering Undergraduates. Proceedings ASEE Annual meeting in June of 2007.
  • Crisco, J, Blume, J, Teeple, E, Fleming, B, and Jay, G. Assuming Exponential Decay by incorporating viscous damping improves the prediction of the coefficient of friction in pendulum tests of whole articular joints. Journal of Engineering in Medicine, Volume 221, Number 3 / 2007.
     

research overview

Professor Blume's research focuses on mathematical aspects of solid mechanics. Questions of existence and uniqueness of solutions to systems of partial differential equations that arise in continuum descriptions of solid behavior are considered. Recent work in this area is concerned with finding the circumstances under which a given rotation field can be generated by a continuum deformation of a solid.

research statement

Professor Blume's research focuses on mathematical aspects of solid mechanics. For example, questions of existence and uniqueness of solutions to systems of partial differential equations that arise in continuum descriptions of solid behavior are considered. Recent work in this area is concerned with finding the circumstances under which a given rotation field can be generated by a continuum deformation of a solid. Such existence conditions are a useful guide to interpretation of experimental measurements of rotation fields.
 

funded research

  • NSF DMR-9632534  “Micro-- and  Nano--Mechanics of Materials, (W. Curtin, P.I.), 9/1/00/--8/30/05.
  • NSF DMR-9632534  “Micro-- and Nano--Mechanics of Materials, (Outreach Director, with W. Curtin, director), 9/1/05/--8/30/11, in phase-out period to 2013
  • “Measurement of stress-strain response of the cervix,” Salomon Award from Brown University, with Professor Pradeep Guduru and Dr. Edward Chien (Women and Infants Hospital) 2006
  • RI STAC grant: “Development of Multiscale Brain Injury Models for Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injuries” with Profs Christian Franck, Trey Crisco, and Subham Sett (Simulia.) 2011