Wil Whittington

Wil Whittington

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2015
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2010

Experience Record

  • Aug. 2017 – Present, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS.
  • Oct. 2016 – Jul. 2017, Research Engineer, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS.
  • Jan. 2016 – Sept. 2016, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS.
  • Sept. 2010 – Dec. 2015, Research Associate, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS.

Specialty Areas

  • Mechanical Testing
  • High Strain Rate Material Characterization
  • Hopkinson Bar Methods
  • Digital Image Correlation
  • Intermediate Strain Rate Experimentation
  • High Temperature Deformation Experiments
  • Experimental Design

Honors and Awards

  • ARPA-E LiteCar Challenge (2016)
  • TMS Light Metals Division Magnesium Best Paper-Student Award (2015)
  • Maroonx Summer Accelerator (2015)
  • ARPA-E LiteCar Challenge (2014)
  • MSU Graduate Publication Award (2013)
  • Innovate MS Seed Fund Award (2013)
  • Innovate MS New Venture Award (2013)
  • Entrepreneurship Week Prototype Award (2013)
  • MSU 2010 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year (2010)
  • Bagley College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Award (2010)



  • Whittington, W.R., Oppedal A.L.: Serpentine Hopkinson Transmittal Bar, Docket #:051835-8060


  • JJ Bhattacharyya, F Wang, PD Wu, WR Whittington, H El Kadiri, SR Agnew, “Demonstration of alloying, thermal activation, and latent hardening effects on quasi-static and dynamic polycrystal plasticity of Mg alloy, WE43-T5, plate,” International Journal of Plasticity 81, 123-151 1 201
  • SA Turnage, KA Darling, M Rajagopalan, WR Whittington, MA Tschopp, P Peralta, KN Solanki, “Quantifying structure-property relationships during resistance spot welding of an aluminum 6061-T6 joint,” arXiv preprint arXiv:1605.04251 2016
  • WR Whittington, AL Oppedal, DK Francis, MF Horstemeyer, “Robust Intermediate Strain Rate Experimentation Using the Serpentine Transmitted Bar,” Residual Stress, Thermomechanics & Infrared Imaging, Hybrid Techniques and Inverse Problems, Volume 9 2016
  • Rhee, H., Whittington, W. R., Oppedal, A. L., Sherif, A. R., King, R., Kim, H., & Lee, C. (2015). Mechanical Properties of Novel Aluminum Metal Matrix Metallic Composites: Application to Overhead Conductors. Materials & Design. Elsevier. 88(25), 16-21.
  • Omar L Rodriguez, Paul G Allison, Wilburn R Whittington, David K Francis, Oscar G Rivera, K Chou, Xibing Gong, TM Butler, Jedadiah F Burroughs, “Dynamic tensile behavior of electron beam additive manufactured Ti6Al4V,” Materials Science and Engineering: A 641, 323-327 2 2015
  • WR Whittington, AL Oppedal, DK Francis, MF Horstemeyer, “A novel intermediate strain rate testing device: the serpentine transmitted bar,”International Journal of Impact Engineering 81, 1-7 2 2015
  • H Rhee, MT Tucker, WR Whittington, MF Horstemeyer, H Lim, “Structure-property responses of bio-inspired synthetic foams at low and high strain rates,” Science and Engineering of Composite Materials 22 (4), 365-373 2015
  • Prabhu, R., Whittington, W.R., Patniak, S., Mao, Y., Begonia, M.T., Williams, L.N., Liao, J., Horstemeyer, M.F., “A Coupled Experiment-Finite Element Modeling Methodology for Assessing High Strain Rate Mechanical Response of Soft Biomaterials,” JOVE, 2015 http://www.jove.com/video/51545
  • Whittington, W.R., Oppedal A.L., Fracis D.K., Horstemeyer M.F., “A novel intermediate strain rate testing device: the serpentine transmitted bar,” Journal of Impact Engineering, (In Press)
  • Whittington, W. R., Oppedal, A. L., Turnage, S., Hammi, Y., Rhee, H., Allison, P., Crane, C. K., & Horstemeyer, M. (2013). Capturing the Effect of Temperature, Strain Rate, and Stress State on the Plasticity and Fracture of Rolled Homogeneous Armor (RHA) Steel. Materials Science and Engineering: A.
  • Agnew, S., Whittington W. R., Oppedal A.L., El Kadiri H., Shaeffer M., Ramesh K.T., Bhattacharyya J., Davis B., “Dynamic Behavior of a Rare-Earth-Containing Mg Alloy, WE43B-T5, Plate with Comparison to Conventional Alloy, AM30-F
  • Walton, C. A., Martin H. J., Horstemeyer M. F., Whittington W.R., Horstemeyer C.J., Wang P. T., “Corrosion stress relaxation and tensile strength effects in an extruded AZ31 magnesium alloy,” Corrosion Science, Vol. 80, 2014, 503-510
  • Ma Q., Li B., Whittington W.R., Oppedal A.L., Wang P.T., Horstemeyer M.F., “Texture evolution during dynamic recrystallization in a magnesium alloy at 450oC,” Acta Materialia, Vol 67, 2014, 102-115.
  • Begonia M.T., Prabhu R., Liao J., Whittington W.R., Claude A., Willeford B., Wardlaw J., Wu R., Zhang S., Williams L.N., “Quantitivative analysis of brain microstructure following mild blunt and blast trauma,” Journal of Biomechanics, Vol 47, Issue 15, 2014, 3704-3711.
  • G. Allison, H. Grewal, Y. Hammi, H. R. Brown, W. R. Whittington and M. F. Horstemeyer, “Plasticity and Fracture Modeling/Experimental Study of a Porous Metal Under Various Strain Rates, Temperatures, and Stress States,” Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, Vol 135, Issue 4, 2013
  • Walton, C. A., Nesbit, B. E., Candia, H. M., Myers, Z. A., Whittington, W. R., & Stone, T.W. (2013). Failure Analysis and Mechanical Performance Evaluation of a Cast Aluminum Hybrid-iron Golf Club Hosel. Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention. 13(5), 561-569.
  • Li, Q. Ma, Z. McClelland, S.J. Horstemeyer, W.R. Whittington, S. Brauer, P.G. Allison, “Twin-like domains and fracture in deformed magnesium,” Scripta Materialia, Vol. 69, Issue 6, 2013, 493-496.
  • Francis, D.K., Deang, J., Florea, R. S., Gaston, D. R., Lee, N., Nouranian, S., Permann, C., Rudd, J., Seely, D., Whittington, W. R., & Horstemeyer, M. (2012). Characterization and Failure Analysis of a Polymeric Clamp Hanger Component. Engineering Failure Analysis. 26
  • Florea, R. S., Hubbard, C. R., Solanki, K. N., Bammann, D., Whittington, W. R., & Marin, E. (2012). Quantifying Residual Stresses in Resistance Spot Welding of 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy Sheets via Neutron Diffraction Measurements. Journal of Materials Processing Technology. Elsevier.
  • Ma, Q., Li, B., Oppedal, A. L., Whittington, W. R., Horstemeyer, S., Marin, E., Wang, P., & Horstemeyer, M. (2012). Strain Rate Dependence of Twinning at 450 C and Its Effect on Microstructure of an Extruded Magnesium Alloy. Materials Science and Engineering A. 2013:559, 314-318.
  • Solanki, K. N., Jordon, J. B., Whittington, W. R., Rao, J., & Hubbard, C. R. (2012). Structure-property Relationships and Residual Stress Quantification of a Friction Stir Spot Welded Magnesium Alloy. Scripta Materialia. ScienceDirect. 66, 797-800.
  • Tucker, M.T., Horstemeyer, M., Whittington, W. R., Solanki, K.N., & Gullett, P. (2010). The Effect of Varying Strain Rates and Stress States on the Plasticity, Damage, and Fracture of Aluminum Alloys. In Elsevier (Ed.), Mechanics of Materials. 42(10), 895-907.
  • Tucker, M.T., Horstemeyer, M., Gullett, P., El Kadiri, H., & Whittington, W. R. (2009). Anisotropic Effects on the Strain Rate Dependence of a Wrought Magnesium Alloy. Scripta Materialia. Amsterdam: Elsevier, Ltd.. 60(3), 182-185.

Conference Papers

  • Whittington, W. R., Oppedal, A. L., Francis, D.K., & Horstemeyer, M. (2015). Robust Intermediate Strain Rate Experimentation Using the Serpentine Transmitted Bar. SEM Annual Conference Proceedings 2015. Costa Mesa, CA: Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. and Springer.
  • Ma, Q., Li, B., Oppedal, A. L., Whittington, W. R., Horstemeyer, S., Marin, E., El Kadiri, H., Wang, P., & Horstemeyer, M. (2011). Effect of Strain Rate on Dynamic Recrystallization in a Magnesium Alloy under Compression at High Temperature. Magnesium Technology 2012, Proceddings of 2012 TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition. Orlando, FL
  • Prabhu, R., Horstemeyer, M., McCollum, M., Whittington, W. R., Bouvard, J.-L., Sherburn, J. A., Williams, Lakiesha N., Marin, E., & Liao, J. (2010). Traumatic Brain Injury: Coupled Experiment/Finite Element Simulation On High Rate Mechanical Response Of Porcine Brain. Proceedings of the ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference (SBC2010). Naples, Florida, USA: ASME.
  • Turnage, S.A., Solanki, K.N., Whittington, W.R., Florea, R.S., Tschopp, M.A., Darling, K.A., “Tensile and shear mechanical properties in a thermo-mechanical-electrical processed spot weld,” 2014 TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition, San Diego, CA