William S. Klug Phd


Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

48-121B Engineering IV


  • BS, Westmont College, 1998
  • MS, UCLA, 1999
  • PhD, Caltech, 2003

Research Interests

Computational structural and solid mechanics, computational biomechanics, and micro/nanomechanics of biological systems.


Recent Papers

  1. Missel A.R., Bai M., Klug W.S., Levine A.J., “Affine-nonaffine transition in networks of nematically ordered semiflexible polymers,” Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2010 Oct;82( 4 Pt 1):041907. Epub 2010 Oct 8.
  2. Bai M., Missel A.R., Levine A.J., Klug W.S., “On the role of the filament length distribution in the mechanics of semiflexible networks,” Acta Biomater. 2011 May;7(5):2109-18. Epub 2010 Dec 25.
  3. Michel J.P., Ivanovska I.L., Gibbons M.M., Klug W.S., Knobler C.M., Wuite G.J.L., Schmidt C.F., “Nanoidentation Studies of Full and Empty Viral Capsids and the Effects of Capsid Protein Mutations on Elasticity and Strength,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2006;103(16):6184-89.
  4. Reed J., Wilkinson P., Schmit J., Klug W., Gimzewski J.K., “Observatio of Nanoscale Dynamics in Cantilever Sensor Arrays,” Nanotechnology. 2006;17:3873-79.
  5. Klug W.S., Feldmann M.T., Ortiz M., “Three-dimensional director-field predictions of viral DNA packing arrangements,” Computational Mechanics. 2005;35(2):146-152.
  6. Klug W.S., Ortiz M., “A Director Field Model of DNA Packaging in Viral Capsids,” Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 2003;51(10):1815-47.
  7. Mota A., Klug W., Pandolfi A., Ortiz M., “Finite Element Simulation of Firearm Injury to the Human Cranium,” 2003;31(1-2):115-21.