Lucia Stein-Montalvo

Lucia Stein-Montalvo

Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Lucia Stein-Montalvo

Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Lucia Stein-Montalvo is a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and a B.S. in Mathematics, with a minor in Hispanic Studies, from Davidson College. Her research uncovers fundamental findings about the nonlinear mechanics and instabilities of slender structures — i.e. “shape-shifting” — and connects them with the need for adaptive architectural designs, to create solutions to the urgent, global problems brought by climate change and urbanization.

Curriculum Vitae
  1. Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, 2021, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA. Dissertation: “Shape-shifting and instabilities in plates and shells”.
  2. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, 2015, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, USA.
Start Date
Selected Publications

1. L. Stein-Montalvo, L. Ding, M. Hultmark, S. Adriaenssens, and E. Bou-Zeid. Kirigami-inspired wind-steering for natural ventilation. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 246, 105667 (2024) doi: 10.1016/j.jweia.2024.105667

2. L. Stein-Montalvo, P. Costa, M. Pezzulla, and D.P. Holmes. Buckling of geometrically confined shells. Soft Matter, 15:1215–1222 (2019) Front cover. doi: 10.1039/c8sm02035c

3. L. Stein-Montalvo, A. Guerra, K. Almedia, O. Kodio, and D.P. Holmes. Wrinkling and developable cones in centrally confined sheets. Physical Review E 108, 035002 (2023) doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.108.03500

4. L. Stein-Montalvo, D.P. Holmes, and G. Coupier. Delayed buckling of spherical shells due to viscoelastic knockdown of the critical load. Proc. R. Soc. A, 477: 20210253 (2021) doi: 10.1098/rspa.2021.0253

5. L. Stein-Montalvo, J.H. Lee, Y. Yang, M. Landesberg, H.S. Park, and D.P. Holmes. Efficient snap-through of spherical caps by applying a localized curvature stimulus. European Physical Journal E, 45, 3 (2022) doi:10.1140/epje/s10189-021-00156-0