Associate Professor

Contact InformationRobert Gracie

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38827
Location: E2 2321


Biography Summary

Robert Gracie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is also an affiliated member of both the Centre for Computational Mathematics in Industry and Commerce, and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy.

One of his research interests is the computational modelling of crystal plasticity using multiscale models. The goal is to develop computationally efficient models that can be used to understand the complex atomic scale physics which determine macro-scale behavior of crystals. Professor Gracie’s research also involves the development of simulations for the analysis of discontinuities such as cracks, shearbands and dislocations, as well as the development of computer models of the interaction of ice, structures and soils. These studies are critical for protecting the oil and gas industry in the Arctic.

As a result of his research work, Professor Gracie has received multiple awards. In 2009, he won 1st place in the Robert J Melosh Medal Competition and was also the recipient for the Best Paper Award at Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering in 2005.

Research Interests

  • Simulation
  • Computer Modelling
  • Deformation
  • Fracture
  • Structural Analysis
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Poromechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Extended Finite Element Method
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Hydraulic Fracturing


  • 2009, Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 2002, Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering, University of Ottawa
  • 2002, Bachelor's, Computing Technologies, University of Ottawa


  • CIVE 221 - Advanced Calculus
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017
  • CIVE 611 - Finite Element Analysis
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • CIVE 303 - Structural Analysis
    • Taught in 2018, 2019
  • CIVE 422 - Finite Element Analysis
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Komijani, M and Gracie, R, Nonlinear thermo-electro-mechanical dynamic behaviour of FGPM beams, Composite Structures, 150, 2016, 208 - 218
  • Gomez Rodriguez, DM and Dusseault, MB and Gracie, R, Cohesion and Fracturing in a Transparent Jointed Rock Analogue, , 2016
  • Ladubec, Chris and Gracie, Robert and Craig, James, An extended finite element method model for carbon sequestration, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 102(3-4), 2015, 316 - 331
  • Sarkarfarshi, Mirhamed and Gracie, Robert, Unscented importance sampling for parameter calibration of carbon sequestration systems, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 29(3), 2015, 975 - 993
  • Ghavam, K and Gracie, R, Simulations of reactions between irradiation induced< a>-loops and mixed dislocation lines in zirconium, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 462, 2015, 126 - 134