Who we are

Justin W. Wilkerson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
PI, Laboratory for Nonequilibrium Phenomena
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

Dr. Wilkerson's research and teaching interests lie at the interface of solid mechanics, material science, and physics. He enjoys working on a range of topics across the length and time scales, from the ultra-fast atomistic mechanisms governing deformation and failure in materials to the evolution of asteroids in our Solar System over billions of years. He is fascinated with understanding and exploiting nonequilibrium phenomena to unravel the mysteries of nature and to improve the human condition. 


In 2014, Dr. Wilkerson joined The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with a desire to play a vital role in the university's transformation into a Tier One Research Institution. Prior to coming to UTSA, he obtained his B.S. with highest honors from Texas A&M followed by an M.S.E and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins he worked with Dr. KT Ramesh in the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI). 


Dr. Wilkerson's academic achievements have been recognized and supported by a number of honors and awards, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, and the Ammon S. Andes Award presented annually to recognize the nation's top aerospace engineering graduate. 


Graduate students

We are currently seeking highly motivated indi-viduals interested in pursuing graduate studies at the Master's and Ph.D. level. Connect with us to learn more about funding opportunities for graduate students in the NEPlab


Undergraduate scholars

We are continuously seeking enthusiastic and motivated undergraduates interested in condu-cting research in the NEPlab. Connect with us to learn more about research opportunities for undergraduates. 


Active collaborators


The NEPlab actively collaborates with research institutions across the globe, including Johns Hopkins University, Texas A&M University, the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI), The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory & UNS-CNRS-Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur in the south of France. 



E: wilkerson@tamu.edu

T: 979.862.6068


575 Ross St.

College Station, TX 77840

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