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Dr Angela Mihai

Dr Angela Mihai

Reader in Applied Mathematics

5.14, Abacws, Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4AG


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Research interests

  • Mathematics of solid mechanics
  • Mathematical modelling of soft materials
  • Numerical analysis and scientific computing

Administrative roles


Career overview

I am a Reader (Associate Professor) in Applied Mathematics at the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University. I received a DPhil for research in numerical analysis from the University of Durham, UK, in 2005, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Universities of Strathclyde, Cambridge, and Oxford where I developed my expertise in nonlinear elasticity. I joined Cardiff as a University Lecturer in 2011.

Honours and awards

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I am a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. My teaching at Cardiff University is in Applied Mathematics.

Courses taught

  • Numerical Analysis
    • Year 2 Mathematics (2013 - Present)
  • Finite Elasticity
    • Year 3 Mathematics (2020 - 2022)
    • Year 4 MMath (2015 - 2020)
  • Classical Mechanics
    • Year 1 Mathematics (2012 - 2017)

I am generally interested in applied and computational mathematics at the interface with engineering and natural sciences. My primary expertise is in the mathematics of solid mechanics, including multiscale modelling, limit states analysis, optimisation, and uncertainty quantification. Important application fields include biomechanics and materials science. For further details, please see my Google ScholarMathSciNetORCID and ResearchGate profiles. 

Funded projects

Mottoes to papers

  • "The task of the theorist is to bring order into the chaos of the phenomena of nature, to invent a language by which a class of these phenomena can be described efficiently and simply." - C. Truesdell (1965) (doi: 10.1098/rspa.2017.0607)
  • "This task is made more difficult than it otherwise would be by the fact that some of the test-pieces used have to be moulded individually, and it is difficult to make two rubber specimens having identical properties even if nominally identical procedures are followed in preparing them." - R. S. Rivlin & D. W. Saunders (1951) (doi: 10.1007/s42558-019-0013-1)
  • "Instead of stating the positions and velocities of all the molecules, we allow the possibility that these may vary for some reason - be it because we lack precise information, be it because we wish only some average in time or in space, be it because we are content to represent the result of averaging over many repetitions [...] We can then assign a probability to each quantity and calculate the values expected according to that probability." - C. Truesdell (1984) (doi: 10.1177/1081286520914958)
  • "It is a problem of mechanics, highly complicated and irrelevant to probability theory except insofar as it forces us to think a little more carefully about how probability theory must be formulated if it is to be applicable to real situations.” - E. T. Jaynes (1996) (doi: 10.1088/1361-6544/ab7104)
  • "Denominetur motus talis, qualis omni momento temporis t praebet configurationem ca- pacem aequilibrii corporis iisdem viribus massalibus sollicitati, ‘motus quasi aequilibratus’. Generatim motus quasi aequilibratus non congruet legibus dynamicis et proinde motus verus corporis fieri non potest, manentibus iisdem viribus masalibus.” - C. Truesdell (1962) (doi: 10.1093/imatrm/tnz003)

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Recorded talks


Postdoctoral researchers

  • Dr Thomas Raistrick, Postdoctoral research associate, EP/S028870/1 (2022)
  • Dr Maciej Buze, Postdoctoral research associate, EP/S028870/1 (2019 - 2022)
  • Dr Hayley Wyatt, Postdoctoral research associate, EP/M011992/1 (2015 - 2017)

PhD students

  • Rabin Poudel, PhD thesis (2022 - Present): Mathematics of liquid crystal elastomers

Past projects