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Mariana Silva
Mariana Silva
Teaching Associate Professor
(217) 300-6633
2213 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

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Education

  • PhD Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
  • MS Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2003
  • BS Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2001

Academic Positions

  • Teaching Assistant Professor, August 2017 - present
  • Curriculum Development Coordinator, July 2014 - July 2017
  • Visiting Lecturer, January 2012 - July 2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, May 2010 - August 2012
  • Graduate Research Assistant, August 2003 - September 2009

Student Organizations

  • Women in Computer Science
  • Society of Women in Engineering

Research Areas

Selected Articles in Journals

  • 1. Morphew J., Silva M., Herman G., West M., “Frequent mastery testing with second-chance exams leads to enhanced student learning in undergraduate STEM”, Applied Cognitive Psychology, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3605.
  • Brittain, K., M. Silva, and D. A. Tortorelli, “Minmax topology optimization,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 45(5), 657-668, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/s00158-011-0715-y.
  • Silva, M., P. Geubelle, and D. Tortorelli, “Energy release rate approximation for small surface-breaking cracks using the topological derivative,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 59(5), 925-939, 2011
  • Silva, M., M. Matalon, and D. Tortorelli, “Higher order topological derivatives in elasticity,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, 47(22-23), 3053-3066, 2010
  • Silva, M., D. Tortorelli, J. Norato, C. Ha, and H. Bae, “Erratum to: Component and system reliability-based topology optimization using a single-loop method,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 41(5), 821-822, 2010 (we corrected mislabeled figures).
  • Silva, M., D. Tortorelli, J. Norato, C. Ha, and H. Bae, “Component and system reliability-based topology optimization using a single-loop method,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 41(1), 87-106, 2010
  • Silva, M., L. Borges, F. Rochinha, and L.A. Vidal, “A genetic algorithm applied to composite elastic parameters identification,” Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering, 12(1), 17-28, 2004.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Silva, M.F.T., L. Borges, F. Rochinha, and L.A. Vidal, “Genetic algorithms for identification of elastic constants of composite materials,” Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Inverse Problems in Engineering, 2002.
  • Figueiredo, F.C., M.F.T. Silva, S.F. Bastos, F.A. Rochinha, and L.M.S.A. Borges, “Numerical-experimental approach for identifying elastic constants in composites,” Proceedings of I ENCONTRO DA SBPMat- BRAZILIAN MRS MEETING 2003, 2003.
  • Silva, M., D. Tortorelli, J. Norato, and Bae H. , “Topology optimization with regards to system reliability,” Proceedings of the EngOpt 2008, International Conference on Engineering Optimization, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2003
  • Silva, M., D. Tortorelli, J. Norato, and C. Ha, “Topology optimization under stochastic loads via the single loop method,” Proceedings of the 49th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Schaumburg, IL, AIAA-2008-2288, 2008.
  • Silva, M., P. Nakshatrala, and D.A. Tortorelli,"A robust topology optimization approach to energy wave tailoring in linear elastic structures," 10th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, Sao Paulo, Brazil, July, 2012.
  • Silva, M., D.A. Tortorelli, I. Szelengowicz, and C. Daraio, “Topology optimization in two-dimensional granular crystals,” ENGOTP2012 - 3rd International Conference on Engeneering Optimization, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 1-5, 2012.
  • West M., Silva M., Herman G., “Randomized exams for large STEM courses spread via communities of practice”, Proceedings of the 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2015), 26.1302.1-26.1302.15, 2015.
  • West M., Silva M., Herman G., “Sustainable reform of an introductory mechanics course sequence driven by a community of practice”, Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2015), IMECE2015-51493, 2015.
  • Essick R., West M., Silva M., Herman G., Mercier E., “Scaling-up collaborative learning for large introductory courses using active learning, TA training, and computerized team management”, Proceedings of the 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2016), 2016.
  • Silva M., West M., “Algorithmic grading strategies for computerized mechanical drawing assessments”, Proceedings of the 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2017), 2017.
  • Tucker T., Shehab S., Silva M., Mercier E. "WIP: Evidence-based analysis of the design of collaborative problem-solving engineering tasks", Poster presented 126th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2019), 2019.
  • Morphew J.W., Silva M., Hermann G., West M., "Improving Mathematical Problem-Solving in an Introductory Engineering Course with the Testing Effect", Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the American Education Research Association. Toronto, Canada. April 5-9, 2019.
  • Tucker T., Shehab S., Silva M., Mercier E. “Evidence-based analysis of the design of collaborative engineering tasks”, paper accepted to appear in the 2020 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, 2020.
  • Silva M, Zilles C., West M., “Measuring the score advantage on asynchronous exams in an undergraduate CS course”, paper accepted to appear in SIGCSE 2020.

Teaching Honors

  • Ranked as an Excellent Teacher by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017)
  • J. O. Smith Memorial Award, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)

Public Service Honors

  • Engineering Council Outstanding Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • MechSE Staff Award for Exemplary Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Spring 2015)

Other Honors

  • Harry L. Langhaar Fellowship Award, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007)
  • CSE Fellowship, Computational Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2004)

Courses Taught

  • AE 420 - Finite Element Analysis
  • CS 199 - Python and Linear Algebra Rev
  • CS 199 - Python for Data
  • CS 199 - Real World Cases Scient Comput
  • CS 199 - Seminar on Assessment Design
  • CS 357 - Numerical Methods I
  • CSE 451 - Finite Element Analysis
  • MATH 357 - Numerical Methods I
  • ME 471 - Finite Element Analysis
  • TAM 251 - Introductory Solid Mechanics