Eliot Fried

Eliot Fried
Ph.D. Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology, 1991
M.S. Applied Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, 1989
B.A. (Honors) Oriental Languages, University of California at Berkeley, 1981

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials Unit, Okinawa Institute of Technology, 2014–present
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 2011–2012, 2013–2014
  • Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, 2008–2013
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006–2008
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2002–2006
  • Associate Professor, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999–2003
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995–1999
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1992–1995


  • North British Differential Equations Seminar Speaker, 2012
  • Recipient of China’s 1000 Scholars Foreign Specialist Plan, 2011 (declined)
  • Midwest Mechanics Seminar Speaker, 2011–2012
  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, 2008–2014
  • Critical Research Initiatives Grant, University of Illinois, 2001–2003
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, 1999–2000
  • Research Initiation Award, National Science Foundation, 1993–1996
  • Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1992–1995
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 1992–1993 (declined)
  • Charles Lee Powell Graduate Fellowship, California Institute of Technology, 1990–1991
  • Graduate Scholarships, California Institute of Technology, 1986–1990


  • Board of Directors, Society of Engineering Science, 2011–2013
  • Editorial Board Memberships
    • International Journal of Plasticity, 2004–2007
    • Journal of Elasticity, 2000–present
    • Journal of Nonlinear Science, 2017–present
    • Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, 2005–present
    • Meccanica, 2012–present
    • SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 2006–present
    • Transactions of Mathematics and its Applications, 2017–present

Select Publications  (link for complete list)

  • Y.-C. Chen, R. Fosdick, E. Fried. Isometric deformations of unstretchable material surfaces, a spatial variational treatment, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (in press). (Preprint available upon request.)
  • Y.-C. Chen, R. Fosdick, E. Fried. Issues concerning isometric deformations of planar regions to curved surfaces, Journal of Elasticity (in press). (doi:10.1007/s10659-017-9662-1)
  • A. Panchenko, D. Hinz, E. Fried. Spatial averaging of a dissipative particle dynamics model for active suspensions, Physics of Fluids 30 (2018), 033301-1–21. (doi:10.1063/1.5024746)
  • S.D. Janssens, V. Chaurasia, E. Fried, Effect of surface tension imbalance on a partly submerged cylinder, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 830 (2017), 369–386. (doi:10.1017/jfm.2017.537)
  • G.G. Giusteri, P. Podio-Guidugli, E. Fried, Continuum balances from extended Hamiltonian dynamics, Journal of Chemical Physics 146 (2017), 224102. (doi:10.1063/1.4984823)
  • S.D. Janssens, S. Koizumi, E. Fried. Behavior of self-propelled acetone droplets in a Leidenfrost state on liquid substrates, Physics of Fluids 29 (2017), 031203. (doi:10.1063/1.4977442)
  • G. G. Giusteri, L. Lussardi, E. Fried, Solution of the Kirchhoff–Plateau problem, Journal of Nonlinear Science 27 (2017), 1043–1063. (doi:10.1007/s00332-017-9359-4)
  • Y.-C. Chen, E. Fried. Möbius bands, unstretchable material sheets, and developable surfaces, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 472 (2016), 20150760. (doi:10.1098/rspa.2015.0760)
  • N. Rotundo, T.-Y. Kim, W. Jiang, L. Heltai, E. Fried. Error estimates of a B-spline based finite-element method for wind-driven ocean circulation, Journal of Scientific Computing 69 (2016), 430–459. (doi:10.1007/s10915-016-0201-1)
  • G. G. Giusteri, P. Franceschini, E. Fried. Instability paths in the Kirchhoff–Plateau problem, Journal of Nonlinear Science 26 (2016), 1097–1132. (doi:10.1007/s00332-016-9299-4)
  • D. M. Kleiman, D. F. Hinz, Y. Takato, E. Fried. Influence of material stretchability on the equilibrium shape of a Möbius band, Soft Matter 12 (2016), 3750–3759. (doi:10.1039/c5sm02188j)
  • D. F. Hinz, T.-Y. Kim, A. Panchenko, E. Fried. Particle-based simulations of self-motile suspensions, Computer Physics Communications 196 (2015), 45–57. (doi:10.1016/j.cpc.2015.05.014)
  • Y.-C. Chen, R. Fosdick, E. Fried. Representation for a smooth isometric mapping from a connected planar domain to a surface, Journal of Elasticity 119 (2015), 335–350. (doi:10.1007/s10659-015-9521-x)
  • B. Seguin, E. Fried. Stable and unstable helices: soap films in cylindrical tubes, Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations 54 (2015), 969–988. (doi:10.1007/s00526-014-0813-y)
  • D. F. Hinz, A. Panchenko, T.-Y. Kim, E. Fried. Motility versus fluctuations: mixtures of self-propelled and passive particles, Soft Matter 10 (2014), 9082–9089. (doi:10.1039/c4sm01562b)
  • A. Biria, E. Fried. Buckling of a soap film spanning a flexible loop resistant to bending and twisting, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 470 (2014), 20140368. (doi:10.1098/rspa.2014.0368)
  • B. Seguin, E. Fried. Roughening it — Evolving irregular domains and transport theorems, Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences 24 (2014), 1729–1779. (doi: 10.1142/S0218202514500067)
  • Y.-C. Chen, E. Fried. Stability and bifurcation of a soap film spanning a flexible loop. Journal of Elasticity 116 (2014), 75–100. (doi: 10.1007/s10659-013-9458-x)
  • B. Seguin, E. Fried. Microphysical derivation of the Canham–Helfrich free-energy density, Journal of Mathematical Biology 68 (2014), 647–665. (doi: 10.1007/s00285-013-0647-9)
  • A. Biria, M. Maleki, E. Fried. Continuum theory for the edge of an open lipid bilayer, Advances in Applied Mechanics 46 (2013), 1–68. (doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-396522-6.00001-3)
  • M. Maleki, E. Fried. Stability of discoidal high-density lipoprotein particles, Soft Matter 9 (2013), 9991–9998. (doi: 10.1039/c3sm51955d)
  • M. Maleki, E. Fried, Multidomain and ground-state configurations of two-phase vesicles, Journal of the Royal Society Interface 10 (2013), 20130112. (doi: 10.1098/​rsif.2013.0112)
  • B. Seguin, E. Fried. Statistical foundations of liquid-crystal theory—II. Macroscopic balance laws, Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis 207 (2013), 1–37. (doi: 10.1007/s00205-012-0551-2)
  • E. Fried, M. E. Jabbour. Dynamical equations for the contact line of an evaporating or condensing sessile drop, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 703 (2012), 204–237. (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2012.209)
  • Y.-C. Chen, E. Fried, D. A. Tortorelli. Stability of a thin elastic film close to a rigid plate, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 60 (2012), 904–920. (doi: 10.1016/j.jmps.2012.01.011)
  • T.-Y. Kim, J. Dolbow, E. Fried. The Navier–Stokes-αβ equations as a platform for a spectral multigrid method to solve the Navier–Stokes equations, Computers and Fluids 44 (2011), 102–110. (doi: 10.1016/j.compfluid.2010.12.016)
  • F. P. Duda, A. C. Souza, E. Fried. Solvent uptake and cavitation, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 59 (2011), 2341–2354. (doi: 10.1016/j.jmps.2011.08.003)
  • E. Puntel, L. Deseri, E. Fried. Wrinkling of a stretched thin sheet, Journal of Elasticity 105 (2011), 137–170. (doi: 10.1007/s10659-010-9290-5)
  • E. Fried. New insights into the classical mechanics of particle systems, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, Series A 28 (2010), 1469–1504. (doi: 10.3934/dcds.2010.28.1469)
  • E. L. Elson, E. Fried, J. E. Dolbow, G. M. Genin. Phase separation in biological membranes: integration of theory and experiment, Annual Review of Biophysics 39 (2010), 207–226. (doi: 10.1146/annurev.biophys.093008.131238)
  • M. E. Gurtin, E. Fried, L. Anand, The Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Continua. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • O. Shklyaev, A. Q. Shen, E. Fried. Stability of a sharp uniaxial-isotropic phase interface, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 339 (2009), 502–510. (doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2009.06.065)
  • E. Fried, M. E. Gurtin. Gradient nanoscale polycrystalline elasticity: Intergrain interactions and triple-junction conditions, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 57 (2009), 1749–1779. (doi: 10.1016/j.jmps.2009.06.004)
  • E. Fried. Sharp-interface nematic-isotropic phase transformations with flow, Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis 190 (2008), 227–265. (doi: 10.1007/s00205-007-0107-z)
  • E. Fried, M. E. Gurtin. A continuum mechanical theory for turbulence: a generalized Navier–Stokes-α equation with boundary conditions, Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics 22 (2008), 433–470. (doi: 10.1007/s00162-008-0083-4)
  • E. Fried, M. E. Gurtin. Thermomechanics of the interface between a body and its environment, Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics 19 (2007), 253–271. (doi: 10.1007/s00161-007-0053-x)
  • O. E. Shklyaev, E. Fried. Stability of an evaporating thin liquid film, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 584 (2007), 153–187. (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022112007006350)
  • Y.-C. Chen, E. Fried. Uniaxial nematic elastomers: constitutive framework and a simple application, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 462 (2006), 1295–1314. (doi: 10.1098/rspa.2005.1585)
  • E. Fried, M. E. Gurtin. A unified treatment of evolving interfaces accounting for deformation and atomic transport with emphasis on grain-boundaries and epitaxy, Advances in Applied Mechanics 40 (2004), 1–177. (doi: 10.1016/S0065-2156(04)40001-5)
  • E. Fried. An elementary molecular-statistical basis for the Mooney and Rivlin–Saunders theories of rubber elasticity, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 50 (2002), 571–582. (doi: 10.1016/S0022-5096(01)00086-2)
  • E. Fried, R. E. Todres. Prediction of disclinations in nematic elastomers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 98 (2001), 14773–14777. (doi: 10.1073/pnas.261395098)
  • E. Fried, S. Sellers. The Debye theory of rotary diffusion: history, derivation, and general- izations, Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis 158 (2001), 1–27. (doi: 10.1007/PL00004240)
  • E. Fried, M. E. Gurtin. Coherent solid-state phase transitions with atomic diffusion: a thermomechanical treatment, Journal of Statistical Physics 95 (1999), 1361–1427. (doi: 10.1023/A:1004535408168)