Project Description

Tal Cohen

Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professor
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests: nonlinear solid mechanics, material growth, material instabilities


Room 1-271
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Telephone: 617.253.8069
Assistant: Gisele Santos /
Research Website


  • Ph.D., 2014, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion, Israel
  • M.Sc., 2011, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion, Israel
  • B.Sc., 2007, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion, Israel

Research Interests

Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, Material Growth, Material Instabilities

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Design (1.101)
  • Structural Dynamics (1.058/1.158/2.06/16.221)

Awards and Honors

  • Postdoctoral fellowship for outstanding woman, awarded by the Ministry of Education in Israel, 2013 & 2014
  • MIT – Technion Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013 & 2014
  • Libai prize for excellence in studies in the field of aerospace structures, 2013
  • Gutwirth Scholarship for excellence in studies towards Ph.D, 2013
  • Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship, 2011 & 2012
  • Hillel Prize for excellence in studies towards Ph.D, 2011
  • Professor Arnan Saginer Award for Excellence in Studies, 2010
  • Vivian Konigsberg Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009
  • Technion excellence award for graduate students, 2007
  • Excellence in studies award from The Civil Center for Culture, Society and Economy, Israel, 2006
  • Yael Rom Studies Award for Women in Aerospace Engineering, 2005

Selected Publications

  1. Cohen, T., Kurzeja, P. and Bertoldi, K., 2017. Architected squirt-flow materials for energy dissipation. J.  Mech. Phys. Solids. 109, 22-33.
  2. Lin, S., Cohen, T., Zhang, T., Yuk, H., Abeyaratne, R. and Zhao, X., 2016.  Fringe instability in constrained soft elastic layers.  Soft Matter, 12(43), pp.8899-8906.
  3. Tomassetti, G., Cohen, T. and Abeyaratne, R., 2016. Steady accretion of an elastic body on a hard spherical surface and the notion of a four-dimensional reference space. J. Mech. Phys. Solids. 96, 333-352.
  4. Cohen, T., and Molinari, A., 2015, Dynamic Cavitation and Relaxation in Incompressible Nonlinear Viscoelastic Solids. Int. J. Solids Struct., 69-70, 544 – 552.
  5. Cohen, T., and Durban, D., 2015, Steady Shock Waves in Porous Plastic Solids. Int. J. Solids Struct., 71, 70-78.