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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Robert L Mullen

Title: Professor and Department Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-3614
Fax: 803-777-0670

Room C231

300 Main St.

Columbia, SC 29208


Office Hours:

T-Tr 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Academic Genealogy
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Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics, Northwestern University, 1981.

M.S. in Structural Mechanics, University of Illinois, 1977.

B.S. in Structural Engineering, University of Illinois, 1976.


Dr. Mullen's research interests are in the areas of computer modeling of engineering
systems, biomechanics, mechanical behavior of micro electro-mechanical systems,
coupled field problems, and interval methods for treating uncertainty.


Google Scholar list of publications

Research Gate list of publications


Professional Registrations and Memberships

Registered Professional Engineer - State of Ohio #E-46847

Registered Professional Engineer - South Carolina  #27982

Registered Professional Engineer - State of Alabama   #32673-E

Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers

Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Member, American Society for Engineering Education

Member, American Oil Chemist Society

Member, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association

Member, Society of Automotive Engineers

Member, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure


"Microfabricated Blades", M. Mehregany, R.H. Rudderman and R. Mullen, issued 3 December 1996, US Patent No. 5,579,583

"Methods of Forming Closed Cell Metal Composites", R. Mullen, M. Ozgur, G. Welsch, issued April 6, 1999 U.S. Patent number 5,890,268.

"Closed Cell Metal Composites", Robert L. Mullen, M. Ozgur and Gerhard E. Welsch, issued March 23, 2004, U.S. Patent number 6,709,739.

"Chipboard", Robert L. Mullen and Antounius Kurniawan  issued October 26, 2010, U.S. Patent number 7,819,147.

"Chipboard", Robert L. Mullen and Antounius Kurniawan  issued January 18, 2011, U.S. Patent number 7,871,701.