Stefan Szyniszewski

Assistant Professor, Applied Mechanics, Durham University


After graduating in Structural Engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology, Stefan studied Simulation Techniques in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH-Aachen (Germany). Subsequently, he worked as a research engineer on rock-shed protective structures over highways in Kanazawa, Japan (2003-05). Dr Szyniszewski then studied for PhD at the University of Florida (2009), where he developed an energy flow approach to the progressive collapse of framed structures. He then spent two years in the industry, working for Bechtel Power Corporation and Areva on the design of a new generation of nuclear power plants in the United States. Dr Szyniszewski achieved a Professional Engineer (PE) status in California (2011), which is equivalent to Chartered Engineer (CEng) in the UK.

Stefan returned to academia as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied cellular metals and 3D woven lattice materials (DARPA funded project). Subsequently, Stefan returned to Europe and joined the University of Surrey as a lecturer in (Hierarchical) Materials and Structures in 2012. Stefan was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Applied Mechanics at Durham University in 2019, where his research is focused on 3D woven composites, bio-inspired ceramic-metallic structures and solutions to inverse problems in engineering mechanics.

Research Interests

Computational mechanics
Architected materials and structures
Material characterization (including digital image correlation and computer tomography)
Structural dynamics
Wave propagation
Finite elements
Stochastic material models


Postdoctoral Fellow, Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (2012)
Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of Florida (2009)
M.S., Strtuctural Engineering, RWTH-Aachen/Warsaw Univ. of Technology (2003)
B.S.,Civil Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology (2003)

Journal Publications

J.V. Carstensen, R. Lotfi, W. Chen, S. Szyniszewski, S. Gaitanaros, J. Schroers, and J.K. Guest,  Topology-optimized bulk metallic glass cellular materials for energy absorption, Scripta Materialia 208  (2022) 114361.
L. Salari-Sharif, S.M. Ryan, M. Pelacci, J.K. Guest, L. Valdevit, S. Szyniszewski,  Damping of selectively bonded 3D woven lattice materials, Scientific Reports 8 (1) (2018) 1-6.
Z. Liu, C.C. Jacques, S. Szyniszewski, J.K. Guest, B.W. Schafer, T. Igusa, J. Mitrani-Reiser,  Agent-based simulation of building evacuation after an earthquake: coupling human behavior with structural response, Natural Hazards Review 17 (1) (2016) 04015019.
S.M. Ryan, S. Szyniszewski, S.H. Ha, R. Xiao, T.D. Nguyen, K.W. Sharp, T.P. Weihs, J.K. Guest, K.J. Hemker,  Damping behavior of 3D woven metallic lattice materials, Scripta Materialia 106  (2015) 1-4.

Conference Proceedings and Presentations