Tonya W. Stone

Tonya W. Stone

Associate Professor, CAVS Associate Director, and Dr. Oswald Rendon-Herrero Diversity Chair

Offices: 204 Carpenter Hall, 2186 Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
Phone: 662.325.2364 (M.E.), 662.325.8610 (CAVS)

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  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2009
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2006
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1995

Experience Record

  • Service Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering, 2023 - Present
  • Graduate Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering, 2021 - Present
  • Associate Director for Computational Engineering Mechanics, CAVS, 2020 - Present
  • Dr. Oswald Rendon-Herrero Diversity Chair, 2018 - Present
  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering,2017 - Present
  • Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2009 - 2017
  • Research Associate, CAVS, 2008 - 2009
  • Graduate Research Assistant, CAVS, 2004 - 2008
  • Mechanical Engineer, Dow Chemical Company, 1995 - 2003


I am a MSU alum and Starkville native. I have over 15 years of experience teaching in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MSU. After working over 8 years in industry, where I was responsible for the mechanical equipment design on several multi-million-dollar projects for Dow plant facilities worldwide, I decided to return to MSU to pursue graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. Although I enjoyed my work in industry, I was motivated by a desire to educate future mechanical engineers and to give back to my community by inspiring students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in engineering.

Subject Areas Taught

  • Mechanics of Machinery
  • System Dynamics
  • Failure of Engineering Materials
  • Applied Elasticity

Research Overview

My research interests are focused multiscale computational modeling of process-structure-property relationships of materials.  Specific research areas include molecular dynamics, constitutive modeling, finite element analysis, plasticity, damage, and failure analysis.

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Selected Publications

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Journal Articles

  • Vo, A. T., Murphy, M. A., Phan, P. K., Prabhu, R. K., & Stone, T. W. (2023). Effect of Force Field Resolution on Membrane Mechanical Response and Mechanoporation Damage under Deformation Simulations. Molecular Biotechnology, 1-11.
  • Yenusah, C. O., Ji, Y., Liu, Y., Stone, T. W., Horstemeyer, M. F., Chen, L. Q., & Chen, L. (2021). Three-dimensional Phase-field simulation of γ ″precipitation kinetics in Inconel 625 during heat treatment. Computational Materials Science, 187, 110123.
  • Mahtabi, Mohammad J., Stone, Tonya W., Shamsaei, Nima Shamsaei (2018). Load sequence effects and variable amplitude fatigue of superelastic NiTi, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 148, 307-315.
  • Song, W., Woods, J. L., Davis, R. T., Offutt, J. K., Bellis, E. P., Handler, E. S., Sullivan, C.K. & Stone, T. W. (2015). Failure analysis and simulation evaluation of an Al 6061 alloy wheel hub. Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, 15, 521-533.
  • Stone, T. W., Horstemeyer, M. F., Hammi, Y., & Gullett, P. M. (2008). Contact and friction of single crystal nickel nanoparticles using molecular dynamics. Acta materialia, 56(14), 3577-3584.

Service Positions

  • MSU Faculty Research Advisory Council, Chair, 2023-2024
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Faculty Advisor, 2021- present
  • Mechanical Engineering Multicultural Organization (MEMO), Co-Advisor, 2015- present
  • The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Education Committee, Chair, 2016-2019

Awards and Honors

  • ME Department Senior Faculty Outstanding Research Award, 2018 and 2022
  • Oswald Rendon-Herrero Diversity Professorship/Chair, Mississippi State University, 2018 - Present
  • BCoE Faculty Appreciation Award for Enhancing Diversity, 2010 and 2012
  • The Alliance for Graduate Education in Mississippi (AGEM) Graduate Award, 2010
  • Women of Color STEM Technology Rising Star Award, 2009
  • MSU Studio School Summer Camp Stem Women’s Walk of Fame Honoree, 2009
  • BCoE Research Support Staff Award, Mississippi State University, 2009
  • BCoE Graduate Student Research Award, Mississippi State University, 2006
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005
  • Dow Special Recognition Award (for project cost savings), 2001
  • Dow Project Excellence Award (EPT Project), 1998