Raúl Radovitzky in the ISN server room

Prof. Raúl A. Radovitzky

Associate Director, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies; Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor, MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics
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Roles and Accreditations
ISN Associate Director
Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Member, National Football League Engineering Committee

Raúl Radovitzky is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also serves as the Associate Director of the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. He received a Civil Engineer degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1991, a S.M. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 1995, and a Ph D in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1998.

His research interests are in the development of computational methods for multi-scale modeling of complex material response as well as in the formulation and implementation of algorithms for large-scale simulation of the dynamic response of materials subject to hypersonic flight environments. His main emphasis is on the analysis of material and structural failure.

Prof. Radovitzky's group has pioneered the development of massively scalable algorithms for the simulation of dynamic fracture. The methods his group has developed have also led to significant advances in our understanding of the physical effects of blast waves on structures and on the human brain. This has helped to develop strategies to protect against Traumatic Brain Injury.

As part of his devotion to education and student life, he and his wife Flavia have been the Heads of House at McCormick Hall, the only all-women dormitory at MIT, since 2015, where they have contributed to building a thriving community of young scholars. 

In recognition of his dedication to students, Prof. Radovitzky has received the following awards: the 2014 Student Champion (Freshman Advising) Award, the 2016 AIAA Aeronautics and Astronautics Teaching Award, the 2018 Alan J. Lazarus (1953) Excellence in Advising Award, the 2021 AIAA Aeronautics and Astronautics Best Professor Award, and the 2021 Arthur C. Smith Award for meaningful contributions and devotion to undergraduate student life and learning at MIT.

Prof. Radovitzky is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Football League Engineering Committee.