Education History

  • B.S Civil Engineering, University of Maryland – College Park
  • M.S. Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology

Work Experience

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University


B. Kuwik, G. Kim, C. Zhai, M. Daud, R.C. Hurley* (2022). Roughness and humidity effects on contact, friction, and contact plasticity revealed by micro mechanical testing and analysis, Tribology International, 178(B), 108075.
M. Thakur, N.A. Henningsson, J. Engqvist, P.O. Autran, J.P. Wright, R.C. Hurley* (2023). On mesoscale modeling of concrete: Role of heterogeneities on local stresses, strains, and representative volume element, Cement and Concrete Research, 163, 107031.
G. Shahin, R.C. Hurley* (2022). Micromechanics and strain localization in sand in the ductile regime, Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 127, e2022JB024983.
B. Kuwik, M. Garcia, R.C. Hurley* (2022). Experimental breakage mechanics of confined granular media across strain rates and at high pressures, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 259, 112024.
G. Shahin, R.C. Hurley* (2022). HP-TACO: A High-Pressure TriAxial COmpression Apparatus for In-Situ X-ray Measurements in Geomaterials, Review of Scientific Instruments, 91, 113907.
K. Lee, R.C. Hurley* (2022). Force inference in 3D granular materials: Uncertainty analysis and application to synchrotron data, Physical Review E, 105, 064902.
R.C. Hurley*, C. Zhai (2022). Opportunities and needs for measuring time-resolved force chain evolution in 3D granular materials, Papers in Physics, 14, 14003.
C. Zhai, N. Albayrak, J. Engqvist, S.A. Hall, J. Wright, M. Majkut, E.B. Herbold, R.C. Hurley* (2022). History, structure, and stress dependence of local rearrangements in 3D granular media from machine learning, Physical Review E, 105 (1), 014904.
G. Shahin, E.B. Herbold, S.A. Hall, R.C. Hurley* (2022). A hierarchy of length scales in the mechanical behavior of 3D granular media, Extreme Mechanics Letters, 51, 101590.
A. Bhattacharjee, R.C. Hurley, L. Graham-Brady (2022). Fragmentation and granular transition of ceramics for high rate loading, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 105, 3062-3080.

Honors and Awards

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award (2022)
  • Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) Mentor of the Year Award (2021)
  • U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (2020)
  • Secretary’s Appreciation Award, U.S. DOE (2017)

Professional Organizations

Society of Engineering Science
International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)