Xanthippi Markenscoff

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Research Focus
Solid mechanics and materials science, micromechanics, defect dynamics, high-pressure dynamic phase transformations

Research Summary

Professor Markenscoff is interested in solid mechanics, stress analysis with particular emphasis on micromechanics, bridging the micro with the macro scales in solid mechanics, defect dynamics, high-pressure phase transformations and geo-dynamics.


Xanthippi Markenscoff
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Xanthippi Markenscoff is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a member of the Materials Science Program. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. She has been a research associate at MIT, an assistant professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, and a professor at UCSB before joining UCSD in 1988. She has also been intermittently a visiting professor of solid mechanics at Brown University, a Visiting Miller Professor and a Distinguished Russell Springer Visiting Professor in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. Her research includes elastodynamics, micromechanics, dislocation theory and the dynamics of defects. Markenscoff is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Society of Engineering Sciences, and was awarded a Doctor honoris causa degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2022.