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Alan Taylor Zehnder

  • Alan Taylor Zehnder
  • Dept: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Title: Associate Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development, College of Engineering, Professor
  • Address: 190 Rhodes
  • Phone: 607 255-9181
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Alan Zehnder received his doctorate in mechanical engineering with a minor in materials science from the California Institute of Technology. He stayed on as a postdoctoral research fellow for one year, and joined the Cornell faculty in 1988. In 1993 hewas the faculty member in residence in Hamburg, Germany, for the Cornell Engineering Abroad program. He was a visiting Professor at Caltech in the 1996-97 academic year. In summer of 1998 he served as a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Naval Surface WarfareCenter in Carderock, Maryland. In 2004 he was a Guest Professor at the Vienna University of Technology. He currently serves as Associate Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development in the College of Engineering. Zehnder is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society for Experimental Mechanics.

Teaching Interests

I have a broad range of teaching interests in undergraduate mechanics, and engineering mathematics. At the graduate level I teach solid mechanics, fracture mechanics and experimental mechanics.

Selected Publications

  • Czabaj, Michael W., Alan Taylor Zehnder, Chung-Yuen Hui. 2010. "Delamination of Moisture Saturated Graphite Polyimide Composites Due to Rapid Heating." Composites - Part B 17: 568-577.
  • Blocher, David B., Richard H. Rand, Alan Taylor Zehnder. 2013. "Entrainment of Micromechanical Limit Cycle Oscillators in the Presence of Frequency Instability." IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 22: 835-845.
  • Singh, A K., B D. Davidson, B P. Hasseldine, A T Zehnder. 2014. "Damage resistance of aluminum core honeycomb sandwich panels with carbon/epoxy face sheets." Journal of Composite Materials.
  • Mason, John, Joseph Carloni, Teresa Eileen Jordan, Alan Taylor Zehnder, Shefford P. Baker. 2014. "Dependence of micro-mechanical properties on lithofacies: indentation experiments on Marcellus shale." Denver, Colorado August.
  • Czabaj, M W., A T. Zehnder, B D. Davidson, A K Singh. 2014. "Compressive strength of honeycomb-stiffened graphite/epoxy sandwich panels with barely-visible indentation damage." JOURNAL OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS 48 (20): 2455-2471.

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Fellow (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 2013
  • Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize (Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers) 1988
  • Charles Lee Powell Fellow 1985
  • TRW Advanced Technologies Fellow 1984



  • BS (Mechanical Engineering), University of California- Berkeley, 1982
  • MS (Mechanical Engineering), California Institute of Technology, 1983
  • Ph D (Mechanical Engineering), California Institute of Technology, 1987