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Michael Hillman

L. Robert And Mary L. Kimball Assistant Professor


  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

224A Sackett Building


Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Structural Engineering and Mechanics

Interest Areas:

Computational mechanics, extreme events modeling




  • BS, Civil Engineering, California State University, Fullerton, 2008
  • MS, Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
  • Ph D, Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013


Book, Chapter

  • Michael Hillman and Jiun-Shyan Chen, 2018, Performance Comparison of Nodally Integrated Galerkin Meshfree Methods and Nodally Collocated Strong Form Meshfree Methods, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 145-164
  • Michael Hillman and Jiun-Shyan Chen, 2016, An Implicit Gradient Meshfree Formulation for Convection-Dominated Problems, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 25–37
  • Marcus Rüter, Michael Hillman and Jiun-Shyan Chen, 2013, Corrected Stabilized Non-conforming Nodal Integration in Meshfree Methods, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, pp. 75-92

Journal Article

  • Yuri Bazilevs, G Moutsanidis, J Bueno, K Kamran, D Kamensky, Michael Hillman, H Gomez and J. S. Chen, 2017, "A New Formulation for Air-Blast Fluid–Structure Interaction Using an Immersed Approach. Part II: Coupling of IGA and Meshfree Discretizations", Computational Mechanics, 60, (1), pp. 101-116
  • Jiun-Shyan Chen, Michael Hillman and Sheng-Wei Chi, 2017, "Meshfree Methods: Progress Made after 20 Years", Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 143, (4), pp. 04017001
  • Haoyan Wei, Jiun-Shyan Chen and Michael Hillman, 2016, "A stabilized nodally integrated meshfree formulation for fully coupled hydro-mechanical analysis of fluid-saturated porous media", Computers & Fluids, 141, pp. 105-115
  • Michael Hillman and Jiun-Shyan Chen, 2016, "An accelerated, convergent, and stable nodal integration in Galerkin meshfree methods for linear and nonlinear mechanics", International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 107, (7), pp. 603-630
  • Michael Hillman and Jiun-Shyan Chen, 2016, "Nodally integrated implicit gradient reproducing kernel particle method for convection dominated problems", Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 299, pp. 381-400
  • Jesse A. Sherburn, Michael J. Roth, J.S. Chen and Michael Hillman, 2015, "Meshfree modeling of concrete slab perforation using a reproducing kernel particle impact and penetration formulation", International Journal of Impact Engineering, 86, pp. 96-110
  • Michael Hillman, Jiun-Shyan Chen and Yuri Bazilevs, 2015, "Variationally consistent domain integration for isogeometric analysis", Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 284, pp. 521–540
  • Michael Hillman, Jiun-Shyan Chen and Sheng-Wei Chi, 2014, "Stabilized and variationally consistent nodal integration for meshfree modeling of impact problems", Computational Particle Mechanics, 1, (3), pp. 245–256
  • Jiun-Shyan Chen, Michael Hillman and Marcus Rüter, 2013, "An arbitrary order variationally consistent integration for Galerkin meshfree methods", International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 95, (5), pp. 387-418
  • Shixue Liang, Jiun-Shyan Chen, Jie Li, Shih-Po Lin, Sheng-Wei Chi, Michael Hillman, Michael Roth and William Heard, , "Numerical investigation of statistical variation of concrete damage between scales", International Journal of Fracture, 208, (1-2), pp. 97–113

Conference Proceeding

  • David Littlewood, Mike Hillman, Edouard Yreux, Joseph Bishop, Frank Beckwith and Jiun-Shyan Chen, 2015, "Implementation and Verification of RKPM in the Sierra/SolidMechanics Analysis Code", 9

Encyclopedia Entry

  • Jiun-Shyan Chen, Wing Kam Liu, Michael Hillman, Sheng-Wei Chi, Yan Ping Lian and Miguel Bessa, 2017, "Reproducing Kernel Particle Method for Solving Partial Differential Equations",, Encyclopedia of Computational Mechanics, , John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA

Research Projects

  • October 2018 - September 2021, "An Integrated Computational-Experimental Approach to Three-dimensional Fracture in Polymer-Ceramic Composites," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • January 2019 - January 2020, "Enhanced Reproducing Kernel Particle Method: Variationally Consistent Naturally Stabilized Nodal Integration," (Sponsor: Karagozian & Case, Inc.).
  • May 2018 - May 2019, "Development and Experimental Validation of Variational Collocation Meshfree Simulation of Fracture of Nanoparticle Toughened Composite Materials," (Sponsor: College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants).
  • November 2018 - October 2019, "A Discrete Continuum Particle Method for Understanding Micro-structural Failure of Concrete," (Sponsor: Integrated Solutions for Systems).

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