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Chung, Peter W.

Chung, Peter W.

Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Applied Graduate Engineering
2135 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088



  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering w/ High Honors, University of Virginia




  • 2010 Army Science Conference Best Paper Award (w/ S. Izvekov and B. M. Rice)
  • 2008 ICCES Outstanding Young Investigator Award in Computation
  • 2004 U.S. Army, Research, Development and Engineering Command, Outstanding Young Scientist & Engineer
  • 2003 Department of the Army, Superior Civilian Service Award
  • 2003 Baltimore Federal Executive Board, Excellence in Federal Career Award, Bronze Medal
  • 22nd Army Sciences Conference Best Paper Award, 2000 (w/ R Namburu)




  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 
  • US Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM)
  • Associate Editorships: ASME Journal of Engineering Materials & Technology 
  • Editorial Boards: International Journal for Computational Multiscale Engineering




  • Computational mechanics, materials, physics, & chemistry
    • Phonons and Vibrational Energy Transfer
    • Energetic materials and systems 
    • Solid state physics of molecular materials
    • Multiscale Modeling & Simulation
    • Classical and quantum modeling of atomic scale solids
    • Mesoscale and microstructure effects on materials
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    • for materials and systems
    • for modeling the language of science and engineering
  • Computational methods
  • High performance computing

Full list at http://blog.umd.edu/crstl



  • J. Crone, K. Leiter, J. Knap, P. W. Chung, A. Arsenlis, S. Aubry, M. Tang, G. Hommes, “A Massively Parallel Coupled Finite Element Discrete Dislocation Dynamics Simulator.” in review, 2013.
  • L. B. Munday, R. Mitchell, J. Knap, and P. W. Chung, “The importance of molecule flexibility on the nucleation of dislocations in molecular crystals." in review, 2013.
  • M. M. Shahzamanian, T. Tadepalli, A. M. Rajendran, R. Mohan, W. Hodo, R. Valisetty, P. W. Chung, and J. J. Ramsey, “Representative Volume Element Based Modeling of Cementitious Materials." in review, 2013.
  • J. J. Ramsey and P. W. Chung, “Massively Parallel Asymptotic Expansion Homogenization for Complex Microstructures.” in review, 2013.
  • J. Solomon, P. W. Chung, D. Srivastava, E. Darve, “Method and Advantages of Genetic Algorithms in Parameterization of Interatomic Potentials: Metal-Oxides.” arXiv preprint arXiv:1306.1196, 2013.
  • N. Mathew, C. Picu, P. W. Chung, “Peierls Stress of Dislocations in Molecular Crystal Cyclotrimethylene Trinitramine." The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 117, 5326, 2013.
  • N. S. Weingarten and P. W. Chung, “a-Type edge dislocation mobility in wurtzite GaN using molecular dynamics.” Scripta Materialia, 69, 311, 2013.
  • B. Kraczek and P. W. Chung, “Investigation of direct and indirect phonon-mediated bond excitation in alpha-RDX.” The Journal of Chemical Physics, 138, 074505, 2013.
  • Chi-Chin Wu, Peter W. Chung, Sylvie Aubry, Lynn B. Munday, Athanasios Arsenlis, “On the strength of binary junctions in hexagonal close-packed crystals.” Acta Materialia, 61, 3422, 2013.


  • L. Munday, S. Solares, P. W. Chung, “Generalized stacking fault energy surfaces in the molecular crystal alpha-RDX." Philosophical Magazine, 92, 3036, 2012.


  • B. J. Henz, P.W. Chung, J. W. Andzelm, T.L. Chantawansri, J.L. Lenhart, and F.L. Beyer, “Determination of Binding Energy and Solubility Parameters for Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles by Molecular Dynamics Simulation." Langmuir, 27, 7836, 2011.
  • Z. Zhang, A. Chatterjee, C. Grein, A. J. Ciani, P. W. Chung,  “Atomic-scale modeling of InxGa1-xN quantum dot self-assembly." Journal of Vacuum Science, 29, 03C133, 2011.
  • S. Izvekov, P. W. Chung, and B. M. Rice, “Non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation study of heat transport in RDX”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 54, 5623, 2011.
  • S. Izvekov, P. W. Chung and B. M. Rice, “Particle-based multiscale coarse graining with density-dependent potentials: Application to molecular crystals." Journal of Chemical Physics, 135, 044112, 2011.
  • J. Crone, J. Knap, P. W. Chung, and B. M. Rice, “Role of Microstructure in the Initiation of Ni-Al Reactive Multilayers." Applied Physics Letters, 98, 141910, 2011.
  • L. Munday, P. W. Chung, B. M. Rice, and S. Solares, “Simulations of High Pressure Phases in RDX.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 115, 4378-4386, 2011.

Hayes Takes Second in Northrup Grumman AI Challenge

Mtech hosted competition challenges students to innovate AI solutions to complex challenges.

Seven Mechanical Engineering Faculty Promoted in 2020

Congratulations to Chopra, Chung, Cukier, Azarian, Ling, Liu, and Muehlbauer.

UMD Researchers to Publish Study on Polyelectrolyte Brushes

The journal Matter will feature a new paper by Siddhartha Das and co-authors.

CECD Celebrates Twenty Years of Research and Education Excellence

The Center for Engineering Concepts Development celebrated its distinguished history and decades of accomplishments during their 20th Anniversary and Middleton Luncheon.

Graduate Students Selected as Future Faculty Fellows

Seven graduate students were chosen as Clark School Future Faculty Fellows this year.

Exploration of Graphene's Wetting Dynamics Could Open New Possibilities in Fluid Mechanics of Two-Dimensional Materials

New research could expand understanding of water/graphene interactions to open new possibilities in area of fluid mechanics of two-dimensional materials.

ME Student to Attend Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Workshop

Graduate student Frank VanGessel selected to attend Los Alamos National Laboratory's Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop.

Chung Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

Mechanical Engineering faculty member Peter Chung promoted to rank of Associate Professor with tenure.

Clark School Welcomes New Faculty

Ten new faculty members join the Clark School for the 2013-2014 school year.

Mechanical Engineering Welcomes New Faculty

Dr. Peter Chung and Dr. Jelena Srebric have joined the ME faculty this fall.