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Peter Mackenzie-Helnwein

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Research Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering


Peter Mackenzie-Helnwein joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 2003. Prior to this appointment he held a position as University Assistant with the Department of Civil Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria (1991-2002, since 1997 in the US equivalent rank of Assistant Professor).

Peter Mackenzie-Helnwein received his Diplom-Ingenieur (Master of Science) in Civil Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, in 1991. He received his Doctoral Degree (Dr. techn.) sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae, the highest academic honor of Austria, in 1997. Since 2003, he holds the venia docendi from the Vienna University of Technology.

His research focuses on numerical methods in continuum and fluid mechanics, with emphasis on Finite Elements, the Material Point Method, and the Discontinuous Galerkin Method. He has scientific contributions in nonlinear structural stability, analysis of composite structures at large deformations, thermo-visco-plastic constitutive modeling of wood subject to multi-axial loading, soil-structure interaction under liquefaction conditions, landslide modeling, and finite deformation particle simulations of saturated porous media.


  • venia docendi for Mechanics of Materials and Structural Mechanics (Festigkeitslehre und Baustatik), Vienna University of Technology, Austria, 2003
  • Doctor technicae (Ph.D.), Vienna University of Technology, Austria, 1997
  • Diplom-Ingenieur (M.Sc.), Department of Civil Engineering of the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, 1991
  • HTBLuVA Mödling (Engineering High School), 1985