Krishna Garikipati

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Department of Mathematics

Director, Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering (MICDE)

krishna at umich dot edu


I am a computational scientist, and my work draws upon nonlinear physics, applied mathematics and numerical methods. A very recent interest is the development of methods for data-driven computational science. I have worked for quite a few years in mathematical biology, biophysics and materials physics. Some specific problems that I have been thinking about recently are: (1) mathematical models of patterning and morphogenesis in developmental biology, (2) mathematical and physical modelling of tumor growth, (3) chemo-mechanically driven phenomena in materials, such as phase transformations and stress-influenced mass transport. For more details follow the link below to my group's home page.

Honors and awards

  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, June 2005--August 2006
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), May 2004.
  • Department of Energy Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, May 2004.

Research Group


Open access course material

On December 5 2016, we relaunched a Massively Open Online Class on Finite Element Methods Take a look! 

Here are links to two series of recorded lectures that are openly available, and are being updated on a regular basis:

Classes that I either commonly teach or have taught at University of Michigan

  • ME605: Advanced Finite Element Methods (advanced graduate level)
  • ME599: Multiphysics Phenomena at Microscales (rarely offered, advanced graduate)
  • ME511: Theory of Solid Continua (Continuum Mechanics, entry-level graduate)
  • ME505: Finite Element Methods (entry-level graduate)
  • ME382: Mechanical Behavior of Materials (junior year)