Wei Gao, Ph. D.

Wei Gao, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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EB 3.04.10

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Dr. Wei Gao is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Before, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Wei Gao has broad research interests in the field of mechanics and materials, including exploiting advanced materials and devices for energy applications. 

Educational Background:

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Field of Study:

Nano/Bio Materials and Mechanics

Areas of Research Interest:

Mechanical properties and behavior of nano/bio materials
Atomistic Modeling of Materials
Nanomechanical experimentation
Soft materials and soft robotics


A. Ghasemi, P. Xiao, W. Gao, Nudged elastic band method for solid-solid transition under finite deformation, The Journal of Chemical Physics, 151, 054110, 2019.

R. Manno, W. Gao, I. Benedetti, Engineering the crack path in lattice cellular materials through bio-inspired micro-structural alterations, Extreme Mechanics Letters 26, 8–17, 2019.

W. Gao, R. Huang. Thermomechanics of monolayer graphene: rippling, thermal expansion and elasticity.  Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 66, 42-58, 2014.

R. Ramachandramoorthy, W. Gao, R. Bernal and H. Espinosa. High Strain Rate Tensile Testing of Silver Nanowire - Rate Dependent Brittle-to-ductile Transition. Nano Letters, 16, 1, 2016.