• Professor
  • Director: Computational Continuum Mechanics Research Group
  • Director: Social Responsiveness: Department of Civil Engineering




  • PhD Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide (2007)
  • Diplom Bau-Ingenieur (TH), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (2003)

Professional Affiliations:

  • South African Association for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (SAAM)
  • International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ISCCBE)

Undergraduate Teaching: 

  • CIV1007S (Engineering mechanics)
  • CIV2011F (Mechanics of materials)

Postgraduate Teaching: 

  • CIV5108Z (Advanced mechanics of materials)
  • CIV5142Z (Finite element modelling in structural analysis)

Research Affiliations: 

Publication Profile: 

Research Interests: 

  • Biomechanics: Computational cardiac mechanics with application to rheumatic heart disease
  • Multiscale methods with applications to soft tissue, reinforced concrete and soil mechanics
  • Multiscale methods considering continua with micro structure: Cosserat, micromorphic and generalised continua and their application to heterogeneous materials
  • Smart structures, electro- and magnetomechanical coupling: Electro- and magneto-active polymers, electro- and magnetostrictive materials
  • Meshfree methods and High-Performance Computing

Biographical Summary:

Sebastian Skatulla is a Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics in the Department of Civil Engineering and in the Centre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics (CERECAM). He graduated as Diplom Bau-Ingenieur (TH) from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2003. He was awarded his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Adelaide in 2007 and subsequently took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Nottingham conducting research in the fields of generalized continuum methods and electro-mechanical coupling of Electroactive Polymers. His current research activities are focused on computational biomechanics with an emphasis on cardiac mechanics. Recently, he started exploring the poroelasticity of sea-ice and reinforced concrete. He serves as President of the South African Association for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (SAAM) since 2016 and as a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ISCCBE) since 2015.