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Ange-Therese Akono

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Ph. D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2013)
M. Sc. In Civil and Environmental Engineering (2011)
Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France)
Ingenieur Polytechnicien (2011)
(Equivalent M.Eng. in Science, Technology, Society and Innovation)
Ingenieur Diplome de l’Ecole Polytechnique  (2008)
(Equivalent B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering)


Selected by the ASCE as a 2016 New Faces of Civil Engineering – Professionals Honoree, Dr. Akono holds a Ph.D. (2013) and a M.Sc. (2011) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States) along with a M.Sc. (2009) from the École Polytechnique (France). Prof. Akono is a seasoned researcher with many years of experience in the field of theoretical and applied mechanics with an emphasis on heterogeneous materials, cementitious materials and organic-inorganic composites. Prof. Akono has authored several seminal papers and she has been a speaker at multiple national and international conferences on the topic of micro and nano-scale mechanical characterization and constitutive modeling of structural composites.

Dr. Akono’s honors include a fellowship from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (Urbana, 2016), a Collins Scholar Award from the College of Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, 2015), the Total-MIT Energy Initiative Fellowship (United States, 2009-2010), the Fondation de l’Ecole Polytechnique Excellence Fellowship (France, 2007-2009), and the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, (Cameroon, 2004).

Dr. Akono is a member of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society and an Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Furthermore, she serves as a reviewer for several journals including the Journal of Nanomechanics, the Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, the International Journal of Solids and StructuresEngineering Fracture Mechanics, the Mechanics of Materials journal, and Surface Coatings and Technology.

Research Interests

Dr. Akono’s laboratory investigates fracture and failure mechanisms in complex materials systems from the molecular level up to the macroscopic scale. This research is articulated over three main thrusts: environment-friendly and high-performance structural materials, natural and nano-engineered biomaterials, and geological materials such as shale or rock. Dr. Akono’s areas of expertise include nano-mechanics, fracture analysis, nanotechnology, advanced experimental testing, and multiscale modeling.

Significant Recognition

  • March 2016, National Center for Supercomputing Applications Fellowship
  • March 2016, Nomination for 2016 DiscoverE New Faces of Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • February 2016, New Faces of CIvil Engineering - Professionals, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • May 2015, Collins Scholar Award, College of Engineering - Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • September 2013, Certificate of Appreciation, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Howard University
  • April 2009, Total-MIT Energy Initiative Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • April 2009, EGIDE Excellence Scholarship
  • April 2007, Fondation de l'Ecole Polytechnique Excellence Fellowship
  • November 2004, President's Award for Educational Excellence, Ministry of National Education, Cameroon

Significant Professional Service

  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers; Sub-societies: Engineers Without Borders and Engineering Mechanics Institute
  • Member, American Physical Society
  • Member, Materials Research Society
  • Committee Member, American Society of Civil Engineers Rock Mechanics Committee
  • Committee Member, ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute: Modeling Inelasticity & Multiscale Behavior Committee, Nano-mechanics Committee
  • Reviewer, Journal of Nano-mechanics and Micro-mechanics, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Engineering and Fracture Mechanics, Surface and Coatings Technology, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Society of Petroleum Engineering, Mechanics Research Communications, Mechanics of Materials, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, International Journal of Damage Mechanics, Wear of Materials

Selected Publications

  • Ange-Therese Akono, Jennifer L. Druhan, Gabriela Dvila, Theodore Tsotsis, Kristian Jessen, Samantha Fuchs, Dustin Crandall, Zhuofan Shi, Laura Dalton, Mary K. Tkach, Angela L. Goodman, Scott Frailey, Charles J. Werth, “A review of geochemical?mechanical impacts in geological carbon storage reservoirs”, Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, (2019)
  • Ange-Therese Akono, Pooyan Kabir, Zhuofan Shi, Samantha Fuchs, Theodore T. Tsotsis, Kristian Jessen, Charles J. Werth, “Modeling CO 2 -Induced Alterations in Mt. Simon Sandstone via Nanomechanics”, Rock Mechanics, (2019)
  • P. Kabir, Ange-Therese Akono, “Fluid-rock reactions in Mt. Simon sandstone at microscopic length-scale”, , (2018)
  • Ange-Therese Akono, Pooyan Kabir, “Influence of geochemistry on toughening behavior of organic-rich shale”, Acta Geotechnica, (2018)
  • Ange-Therese Akono, Jiaxin Chen, Sakdirat Kaewunruen, “Friction and fracture characteristics of engineered crumb-rubber concrete at microscopic lengthscale”, Construction and Building Materials, (2018)
  • Ange Therese Akono, Yue Cui, Amrita Kataruka, Kevin Anderson, Pooyan Kabir, “Intrinsic mechanical properties of calcium aluminate crystals via the linear comparison composite method coupled with nano-indentation”, Mechanics of Materials, (2018)
  • Pooyan Kabir, Franz Josef Ulm, Ange Therese Akono, “Rate-independent fracture toughness of gray and black kerogen-rich shales”, Acta Geotechnica, (2017)
  • Kevin Anderson, Ange Therese Akono, “Microstructure?toughness relationships in calcium aluminate cement?polymer composites using instrumented scratch testing”, Journal of Materials Science, (2017)