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Maria Holland

Maria Holland

Email: maria-holland@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-1186

Office: 142 Multidisciplinary Research Building


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2017

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2013

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Tulsa, 2011


Maria Holland is the Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  She has previously been selected as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a National Science Foundation East Asian Pacific Summer Institute China Fellow, a Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellow, and a Brit and Alex d’Arbeloff Stanford Graduate Fellow.  Her research collaborators include the Institute for Biomechanics and Medical Engineering at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and the Autism and Developmental Disorders Research Program at Stanford.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Holland’s research is in the area of computational biomechanics, using solid mechanics and computational tools to address important questions about complex soft materials.  She focuses on the brain, addressing important questions about development and how it relates to the brain’s form and function (or dysfunction).  The main goal of her research is to understand the mechanics of cortical folding, or how the brain gets its characteristic wrinkled shape, both in normal development and in cases that lead to developmental disorders such as autism.  This work takes place through collaborations with clinicians and experimentalists.  Additionally, she works to extend the functionality of traditional engineering methods to encompass soft, growing materials.

Recent Publications

  • Holland, M. A.; Li, B.; Feng, X. Q.; & Kuhl, E. “Instabilities of soft films on compliant substrates.” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (2017) 98: 350-365.  doi:10.1016/j.jmps.2016.09.012
  • Holland, M. A.; Miller, K. E.; & Kuhl, E. “Emerging Brain Morphologies from Axonal Elongation.” Annals of Biomedical Engineering (2015) 43: 1640.  doi:10.1007/s10439-015-1312-9
  • Holland, M. A.; Kosmata, T.; Goriely, A.; Kuhl, E. “On the mechanics of thin films and growing surfaces.” Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids (2013) 18(6): 561-575.  doi:10.1177/1081286513485776
  • Zöllner, A. M.; Holland, M. A.; Honda, K. S.; Gosain, A. K.; Kuhl, E. “Growth on demand: Reviewing the mechanobiology of stretched skin.” Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials (2013) 28: 495-509. doi:10.1016/j.jmbbm.2013.03.018