Pawel heads the team responsible for the development of VistaMat, an ensemble of software modules that facilitate high-fidelity advanced material modeling.
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As a leader in Thornton Tomasetti’s Applied Science practice, Pawel Woelke heads the firm’s industrial R&D efforts, which involve tackling the most challenging engineering problems in automotive, rail, shipping and other industries. With a strong background in computational mechanics and predictive failure modeling, as well as expertise in materials, he provides unique insights into the behavior of structures subjected to extreme loads.
Pawel has contributed to and led a number of vulnerability studies for critical infrastructure in the New York metropolitan area, including bridges, tunnels, buildings, storage facilities and retaining walls, as well as elements of non-load-bearing building envelope. He has designed multiple mitigation schemes to protect existing structures against explosive, impact, thermal and cutting threats. He has also participated in the planning, execution and analysis of full-scale blast tests conducted in support of infrastructure protection programs.
Pawel serves as a peer reviewer for a number of scientific and engineering journals and has published more than 50 papers on computational mechanics and constitutive modeling of solids and structures. He has been an invited lecturer on the topics of structural design, vulnerability, structural integrity, material degradation and failure in the United States and around the globe.
Since 2009, Pawel has served as an adjunct professor in the civil engineering and engineering mechanics department at Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Outside of Work
A skilled athlete, Pawel has been training judo since he was 11 years old. He competed in his native Poland and internationally, winning multiple medals during his athletic career. He also trains Brazilian jiu-jitsu and participates in many other athletic activities.
• Applied mechanics
• Engineering materials and structures
• Constitutive modeling
• Fracture and failure
• Vulnerability and survivability
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