Stanislav Potapenko

Associate Professor
Stanislav Potapenko

Contact information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x37156
Location: CPH 2369E


Stanislav Potapenko

Biography summary

Stanislav Potapenko is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Potapenko’s research interests include elasticity and composite materials. He studies the integral and functional equations of continuum mechanics, and also analyzes cosserate solids. His current research surrounds both fundamental and applied aspects of linear elasticity theories and the implementation of computational methods for the solution of boundary-value problems arising from those theories. In addition, he conducts research on traditional engineering areas such as plates and shells and on classical elasticity inclusion problems. Dr. Potapenko hires graduate students who are interested in conducting research in the areas of solid mechanics and elasticity. He also has several publications about elasticity, which is his predominant area of research.

Research interests

  • Elasticity
  • Composite Materials
  • Integral Equations of Continuum Mechanics
  • Functional Equations of Continuum Mechanics
  • Cosserat Solids
  • Plates and Shells
  • Applied mechanics and stochastic systems
  • Structures
  • Mechanics & Construction


  • 2002, Doctorate, PhD, Universitiy of Alberta
  • 2000, Master's, MSc, St. Petersburg State University
  • 1994, Bachelor's, BSc, St. Petersburg State University


  • CIVE 205 - Solid Mechanics 2
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • CIVE 221 - Advanced Calculus
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • CIVE 306 - Mechanics of Solids 3
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • CIVE 610 - Elasticity
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • GEOE 221 - Advanced Calculus
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/recent publications

  • Atroshchenko, E and Potapenko, S, Weak solutions of the transmission problem in anti-plane Cosserat elasticity, ZAMM-Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics/Zeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik, 2015
  • Atroshchenko, Elena and Potapenko, S and Glinka, G, Stress intensity factor for a semi-elliptical crack subjected to an arbitrary mode I loading, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, 19(3), 2014, 289 - 298
  • Kapiturova, Maria and Gracie, R and Potapenko, S, Simulation of cracks in a Cosserat medium using the extended finite element method, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, 2014
  • Skiba, Oxana and Gracie, Robert and Potapenko, Stanislav, Electromechanical simulations of dislocations, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 21(3), 2013
  • Potapenko, Stanislav and Shmoylova, E, Weak solutions of the problem of torsion of micropolar elastic beams, Zeitschrift für angewandte Mathematik und Physik, 61(3), 2010, 529 - 536

Graduate studies