John T. Foster, PhD

Dr. Foster is Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder at daytum, an Associate professor in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and a core faculty member at the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining UT-Austin, Dr. Foster was previously a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering at UTSA and was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories where he worked for 7 years.

During his career in research he has been involved in many projects ranging from full scale projectile penetration field tests, to laboratory experiments using Kolsky bars, to modeling and simulation efforts using some of the world’s largest computers. Research interests are in experimental and computational mechanics and multi-scale modeling with applications to geomechanics, impact mechanics, fracture mechanics, and anomalous transport processes. Additionally, he has interest in fundamental theoretical advancement of the peridynamic theory of solid mechanics. His teaching interests are in all areas of theoretical and computational mechanics.

Dr. Foster received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

Dr. Foster teaches the following course: