Faculty Directory

Roberto Dugnani
Associate Professor
Office 518
Tel +86-21-34206765 Ext. 5181
Email roberto.dugnani@sjtu.edu.cn


Ph.D. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University (2004)
M.S. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1997)
B.S. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1995)

Work Experience

2014 – pres. Associate Professor, UM–SJTU Joint Institute
2012 – 2014. Associate Research Scientist, UM–SJTU Joint Institute
2010 – 2012 Adjunct Faculty, Santa Clara University, USA
2004 – 2019 Senior Managing Engineer, Exponent Failure Analysis Associates


  • Dugnani R, “Impedance-based Diagnostic Devices: Designing a ‘Smart’ Angioplasty Balloon and Other Novel Diagnostic Medical Devices,” published by VTM Verlag Dr. Müller, January 23, 2009.


(10 selected publications in chronological order)

  1. Dugnani R, Ma L, “Energy Release Rate of Moving Circular-Cracks,” Engineering Fracture Mechanics,  213(15) 2019, 118-130, 2019.
  2. Sun H, Hödemann S, Dugnani R, “Characterization of shallow stress-profiles in chemically strengthened soda-lime glass,” Journal of Non-crystalline Materials, 510, 130-142, 2019.
  3. Mohammadabadi A, Dugnani R, “Design and Evaluation of a Novel Low Acoustic Impedance-Based PZT Transducer for Detecting the Near-Surface Defects,” International Journal of Engineering and Technology Innovation, 9(3), 196-211, 2019.
  4. Ma L, Dugnani R, Zednik, R, “Quantifying the Accuracy of Fractographic Measurements in Silicate Glasses,” J. of the European Ceramic Society, 38(10), 3643-3649, 2018.
  5. Xue W, Li H, Dugnani R, Rehman H, Zhang C, Chen Y, Liu H “High loss factor piezoelectric damping composite with three-dimensional reduced graphene oxide as the conductive phase,” RSC Advances, 8, 12494-12502, 2018.
  6. Zhang C, Chen Y, Li H, Xue W, Tian R, Dugnani R, Liu H, “Facile fabrication of polyurethane-based graphene foam/lead zirconate titanate/polydimethylsiloxane composites with good damping performance, RSC Adv., 8, 7916-7923, 2018.
  7. Zhou J, Chen Y, Li H, Dugnani R, Du Q, “Facile synthesis of three-dimensional lightweight nitrogen-doped graphene aerogel with excellent electromagnetic wave absorption properties,” Journal of Material Science, 53(6), 2018.
  8. Ma L, Dugnani R, Moulins A, “Non-linearity of the mirror constant for brittle plates fractured in flexure” J. of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Science), 23 (1):182-189, 2018.
  9. Jafari A, Dugnani R, “Estimation of Load-induced Damage to Post-Tensioned Concrete Rocking Walls”, J. of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Science), 23 (1):122-131, 2018.
  10. Zhuang Y, Kopsaftopoulos F, Dugnani R, Chang FK, “Integrity monitoring of adhesively bonded joints via an electromechanical impedance-based approach,” Structural Health Monitoring, 17(5), 1031-1045, 2018.

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 1st Place Winner of SJTU Excellent Teacher Award
  • 2014 1st Place Jason Daida Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2013 International Graduate Project Award (supervised student: Ali Mohammadabad)

Research Interests

Professor Dugnani has broad interests in the field of solid mechanics, especially theoretical and experimental fracture mechanics. His current and past topics of interests include:

  • Efficient Computer Vision-based algorithms for automated fractographic analysis
  • Modeling three-dimensional, unstable fracture behavior of brittle materials
  • Modeling/analyzing the physical behavior of ion-exchanged silicate glasses
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of composite structures; damage detection and image reconstruction schemes based on surface waves propagation.

Synergistic Activities

  1. Reviewer for Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Micro and Nano Letters, Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, International Journal of Solids and Structure, Structural Health Monitoring, Composites Part B: Engineering, and the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids
  2. Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in California (#M 33391).
  3. Trained as a Patent Agent at the Practicing Law Institute (PLI).
  4. Failure Analysis and Experimental Mechanics Consultant.

Courses taught during the past 5 years

  1. Graduate courses: Theory of Elasticity, Non-linear Fracture Mechanics. Guest Lectured: Smart Structures (aa280, at Stanford University), Fatigue, Degradation, and Fracture Mechanics (SYS812 at École de Technologie Supérieure)
  2. Undergraduate course: Dynamics and Vibrations, Strength of Materials, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Advanced Strength of Materials