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Dr Angela Mihai

Dr Angela Mihai

Reader in Applied Mathematics

School of Mathematics

+44 (0)29 2087 5570
M/2.14, 2nd Floor, Mathematics Institute, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG

Groups and teams

Research interests

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

Posdoc opportunity

A 2-year PDRA position is available at Cardiff Mathematics, funded by EPSRC, to work with me on methodological advances and applications of uncertainty quantification in stochastic elasticity. The closing date for applications is 22 June 2019.

Career overview

I received my DPhil for research in numerical analysis from the University of Durham, UK, in 2005, then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Universities of Strathclyde, Cambridge, and Oxford, where I developed my expertise in nonlinear elasticity. I have been on the faculty of the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University since 2011, and a Reader (Associate Professor) in Applied Mathematics from 2019.

Honours and awards

  • Outstanding Contribution Award, Cardiff University, 2015

Professional memberships

Committees and reviewing














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

  • Finite Elasticity (22 lectures + 11 example classes)
    • MSc & Year 4 Mathematics
  • Numerical Analysis  (22 lectures + 6 example classes)
    • Year 2 Mathematics
  • Student projects
    • MSc & Years 3-4 Mathematics

My research is in applied and computational mathematics at the interface with physical, engineering and life 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 engineering,  biomechanics, and materials science. For further details, please see my publications.

Recently funded projects

  • Limit analysis of debonding states in multi-body systems of stochastic hyperelastic material, EP/S028870/1 (2019 - 2022)
  • Limit analysis of collapse states in cellular solids, EP/M011992/1 (2015 - 2017)

Mottoes to selected papers

  • "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)

  • "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)

Research students

Postdoctoral researchers

  • FORTHCOMING, Postdoctoral research associate, EP/S028870/1 (2019 - 2021)
  • Dr Hayley Wyatt, Postdoctoral research associate, EP/M011992/1 (2015 - 2017)