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Marcos Lugo, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

(434) 592-3314


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Pachuca


Dr. Lugo is an assistant professor for the Mechanical Engineering Department at Liberty University (LU). Prior to joining the Mechanical Engineering Department at LU, Dr. Lugo was an assistant professor at the University of Texas of The Permian Basin where he was the advisor for the ASME student chapter and founder advisor for the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) student chapter. Dr. Lugo was a member of the Engineering Mechanics and Materials Science Research Group at Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) in Mississippi State University (MSU), where he was an Assistant Research Professor. Dr. Lugo has held faculty positions as an assistant, associate, and full-time professor at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Dr. Lugo enjoys teaching and he is very enthusiastic when it comes to teaching mechanical engineering. One of his goals in teaching engineering is to help students develop the ability to analyze, design, and visualize mechanical systems. Dr. Lugo’s teaching philosophy is one identified with active learning.

His primary research interests are multi-scale materials modeling, fatigue design, fracture mechanics, damage mechanics, finite element analysis, stress analysis, numerical modeling of fatigue crack growth, and mechanical design. His main goal is to support a simulation-based approach in order to optimize mechanical designs for vehicular structures, and to develop ICME tools for the development of a simulation-based framework to be applied in the earlier stages of design and manufacturing to achieve more optimized vehicular systems. In addition, he is interested in implementing acoustic emission methodologies to build models to predict damage in metallic alloys.


  • Lugo, W. Whittington, Y. Hammi, C. Bouvard, B. Li, D. Francis, and M.F. Horstemeyer, Chapter 11: “Using an Internal State Variable (ISV)–Multistage Fatigue (MSF) Sequential Analysis for the Design of a Cast AZ91 Magnesium Alloy Front-End Automotive Component,” in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) for Metals: Concepts and Case Studies, Wiley 2018
  • Hughes, M. Lugo, J.-L. Bouvard, T. McIntyre, and M.F. Horstemeyer, “Cyclic Behavior and Modeling of Small Fatigue Cracks of a Polycarbonate Polymer”, International Journal of Fatigue, 99, pp. 78-86, 2017.
  • Simsiriwong, J., Shrestha, R., Shamsaei, N., Lugo, M., and Moser, R.D., “Effects of Microstructural Inclusions on Fatigue of Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK),” Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol. 51, pp. 388-397, 2015.
  • Lugo, J. E. Fountain, J. Hughes, J.-L. Bouvard, and M. F. Horstemeyer, “Microstructure-Based Fatigue Modeling of an Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Copolymer”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 131, 20, October 2014.
  • D. Bernard, J.B. Jordon, M. Lugo, J.M. Hughes, D.C. Rayborn, M.F. Horstemeyer “Observations and Modeling of the Small Fatigue Crack Behavior of an Extruded AZ61 Magnesium Alloy”, International Journal of Fatigue, 52, pp. 20-29, 2013.
  • Lugo, J. B. Jordon, L. Hector, K. Solanki, J.D. Bernard, A.A. Luo, and M. F. Horstemeyer “Role of Different Materials Processing Methods on the Fatigue Behavior of AZ31 Magnesium Alloy”, International Journal of Fatigue, 52, pp. 131-143, 2013.
  • Lugo, and S. R. Daniewicz, “The Influence of T-stress on Plasticity Induced Crack Closure under Plane Strain Conditions”, International Journal of Fatigue, 33, pp. 176-185, 2011.
  • Lugo, J. B. Jordon, M. F. Horstemeyer, M. A. Tschopp, J. Harris, and A. M. Gokhale, “Quantification of Damage Evolution in a 7075 Aluminum Alloy using an Acoustic Emission Technique”, Materials Science and Engineering A, 528, pp. 6708-6714, 2011.
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