Senior Project Manager, Blue Waters Sustained-Petascale Computing Project, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Cristina E. Beldica holds an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania and a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) since 1996. Prior to this she has served as Research Assistant at University of Illinois at Chicago, Assistant Professor at the University Politehnica of Bucharest and R&D Engineer at ICA Aircraft Manufacturing, Romania. Currently, she is a Program Manager at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) at the UIUC. She also holds a joint appointment in the Aerospace Engineering (AE) Department at UIUC. Nationally, she is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Technical Committee on Structures and an Associate Fellow.
Dr. Beldica's research interests include characterization of viscoelastic materials, linear and nonlinear stress analysis, fracture properties of reinforced composites. Currently she is working on aero-thermo-viscoelastic studies on divergence, flutter and aerodynamic noise response and control, on optimum anisotropic viscoelastic damping properties of composites and on intelligent and piezoelectric viscoelastic materials. She has developed and used computer code for stress analysis based on finite and boundary element algorithms. She has performed 2D and 3D numerical simulations of curing processes in thermosetting composite materials. Her work also includes numerical and experimental analysis of fracture, crack growth characteristics and scale effects in composites with long fibers.