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Mark Christian Messner

Principal Mechanical Engineer


My focus is on modeling, simulating, and designing high temperature materials and structures.  My research areas include mesostuctural modeling, structural and material design and optimization, machine learning for design problems, the development of simulation methods, and engineering design method development.  I primarily focus on metallic materials.

I develop and maintain simulation tools for engineering-scale material simulation (NEML) and a crystal plasticity finite element method (CPFEM) package integrated into the open-source MOOSE  simulation framework.  I also develop tools for calibrating material models to large experimental databases and several material and structural optimization tools.

I participate as a member and chair of several of the ASME Section III Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code working groups responsible for high temperature design methods and have published more than 30 peer reviewed articles.