The University of St. Thomas

School of Engineering

Katherine A. Acton, Ph.D.

Katherine A. Acton, Ph.D.

Katherine Acton
Photo of Dr. Katherine Acton

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins

kacton@stthomas.edu
Phone: 651-962-5753

Mail  OSS100
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Office Location: OSS 320

Education:

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
M.S.E. in Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
B.A. in Mathematics and English, Williams College 2000

Research Interests:

Computational modeling of composites
Plasticity and viscoelasticity in heterogeneous materials
Stochastic simulation of random heterogeneous materials
Meso-scale homogenization and finite element modeling

Career:

Prior to joining the faculty at St. Thomas in 2012, Dr. Acton was an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  Dr. Acton has performed research in the behavior of metal matrix composites, functionally graded materials, laminates and polymers.  She has received funding support through the Information Storage Industry Consortium (INSIC), the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).  Dr. Acton has teaching experience in Statics, Mechanics, Structural Analysis, and Finite Element Analysis.  She has acted as a Society for Women Engineers (SWE) faculty advisor both at the University of Minnesota Duluth and at the University of St. Thomas.