Dr. Marek A. Przystupa    Professor Marek A. Przystupa
Tel. (310) 825-6559
FAX (310) 206-7353

Adjunct Professor; Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering, Michigan Technological University; M.S. in
Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland; Postdoctoral
Scholar, UC Los Angeles.

Research Interests

Our primary research area is modeling of the microscopic and macroscopic aspects of mechanical behavior of materials. Emphasis are on fatigue life predictions and texture induced yield strength anisotropy. Additional areas of interests include materials processing, texture analysis (CODF), quantitative metallography and fractography, advanced aluminum alloys, metal matrix composites and statistical and artificial intelligence methods in materials science.

Current largest project involves
development of the microstructure based fatigue life prediction and reliability
models. Other projects include (1) modeling of the processing – texture
relationships for the aluminum aerospace alloys and metal matrix composites, (2)
study of the fracture mode transitions in structural materials, (3) development
of the constitutive relations for the solid solution and latent hardening in fcc
single crystals and (4) applications of the artificial intelligence and neural
networks in materials selection and design.

Area of Thesis Guidance

Mechanical behavior of solids.

Recent Publications


  1. Przystupa, M., Zhang, J., Luevanno, A.J., “Development of the Microstructure Based Stochastic Life Prediction Model” (2006)
  2. Przystupa, M., Zhang, J., Luevanno, A.J., “Analysis of the Through-Thickness Micropore and Constituent Particle Population
    Gradients in the 7050-T7451 Plate Aluminum Alloys” (2006)

Book Chapters

  • Fricke, W.G., Jr., Przystupa, M.A.,
    “Texture”, In: Aluminum Alloys – Contemporary Research and Applications,
    Treatise on Materials Science and Technology, Academic Press, Inc., Vasudevan,
    A.K., Doherty, R.D. (Eds.), 31:563 – 578 (1989)

  • Nowak, M., Przystupa, M. A., “Problems in
    Strength of Materials”, In: Technical University of Wroclaw Press, Wroclaw,


  • Recipient of 1996 AASERT Award

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Board of Review of The Metallurgical and Materials Transactions
  • Member of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society
  • Member of The Materials Research Society
  • Member of ASM International

Courses Taught

 Introduction to Materials Characterization A
 Structure and Properties of Metallic Alloys
 Materials Selection and Engineering Design
 Mechanical Behavior of Materials


Office Location

  • 2121-K Engineering V

Mailing Address

  • UCLA, HSSEAS School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering
    410 Westwood Plaza
    3111 Engineering V
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1595