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John M. Rice, Ph.D.

John M. RiceProfessor

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Rhode Island, 1984
  • M.S. in Applied Mechanics, Stanford University, 1977
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 1974

Contact information

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  • Phone: 508.999.8498
  • Fax: 508.999.8881
  • Office: Modular 5, Room 6


John M. Rice is a Professor, with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University (1974), a M.S. degree in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University (1977), and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics from the University of Rhode Island (1984).

He has taught at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMD) since 1984, primarily in the area of Solid Mechanics and Computer-Aided Engineering. His research interests include Finite Elements, Boundary Elements, Composite Materials, Acoustics, and Vibrations.

He has had engineering experience before his appointment at UMD, including, working as a Mechanical Engineer for Failure Analysis Associates, Palo Alto, California, (1977-1978), and working as a Mechanical Engineer for the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center as a Mechanical Engineer in Newport, Rhode Island, (1975-2001), Consultant for Albany International, (1993-1996), and Expert Legal Witness for more than 20 cases, (1986-1998).

Currently, Dr. Rice is the director of graduate studies. For more information about the program or research in the mechanical engineering department please contact Dr. Rice at (508) 999-8498.

Areas of interest

  • Composite materials
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Solid Mechanics


US 7981495 B2, issued to UMD July 19, 2011, “Materials Methodology to Improve the Delamination Strength of Laminar Composites” in the name of Yong Kim, Armand Lewis and John Rice.

Patent Docket No. 102170-6 submitted to the US patent office October 7, 2011 “Toughness Fiber Reinforced Plastic and Manufacture Thereof”, in the name of John Rice, Yong Kim and Armand Lewis.  

Journal Articles:

“Fracture Behavior of Flock Fiber Reinforced Laminar Composite” by Feng Liang, Kumbhani Mayur , Kim Yong K, Rice John M, Journal of Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 1, Issue 1, June 2011.

“Comparing the Fracture Toughness of 3-D Braided Preform Composites with Z-Fiber Reinforced Laminar Composites, by Jia Ren, Yong K. Kim, John Rice, Textile Research Journal Vol. 81, Issue 4, March 2011.

“Multi-fiber Pull-out Test” by Liang Feng, Mayur Kumbhani, Yong K. Kim, John M. Rice, Journal of Advanced Materials, vol. 42, pp. 55-64, January 2010.

“Optimization of Electric Motor Vibration” by S. Couillard, D. Hipolito, and J. Rice, distributed to Government agencies, Office of Naval Research Technical Report No. ADB302429, January 2005.

"Development of Computational Simulation Tools to Model Weapon Propulsors" by S. J. Couillard and J. M. Rice, distributed to Government agencies, Office of Naval Research Technical Report No. ADA429305, January 2005.|

"Numerical Prediction and Experimental Verification of Propeller Vibration in Air" by J. Rice and C. Reise, distributed to Government agencies, NUSC Technical Report No. 902028, January 1990.

"Transient Waves in an Elastic Half Space Using a Special Bound­ary Element Method" by J. Rice and M. Sadd.  Mechanics Research Communications, Vol. 15(5), 275-283, October 1988.

"A Note on Computing Elastodynamic Full Field Displacements Arising from Subsurface Singular Sources" by J. Rice and M. Sadd. Mechanics Research Communications, Vol. 11(6), 385-390, December 1984.

 "Propagation and Scattering of SH-waves in Semi-infinite Domains Using a Time-Dependent Boundary Element Method" by J. Rice and M. Sadd. ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 51, September, 1984.

Peer Reviewed Conference Publications (Full Paper):

“Damage Analysis of Projectile Impacted Laminar Composites” by B. S. Nashed, J. M. Rice, Y. K. Kim, V. B. Chalivendra, June 2011, Proceedings of the Society of Experimental Mechanics Conference.

“Fracture Toughness of Z-Fiber Reinforced Laminar Composites Behavior of Flock Fiber Reinforced Laminar Composites” by Yong K. Kim, Liang Feng, John M. Rice, , Proceedings of the 39th Textile Research symposium at IIT Delhi (2010), India, 16th-18th December 2010.

"Projectile Impact Properties of Flock Fiber Z-Reinforced Composites” by Hector Colon,  John M. Rice and Yong K. Kim, Proceeding of  IMPLAST 2010, Society for Experimental Mechanics, Providence, RI, October 12-14, 2010.

“Fracture toughness of 3-D Braided Composites and Z-directional Microfiber Composites” by Yong K. Kim, Jia Ren, John Rice, , Proceedings of ICCE-18 (the 18th International Conference on Composite Engineering), July 4-10, 2010 Anchorage, Alaska .

“Fracture toughness of 3-D Braided and Z-Directional Microfiber Reinforced Composites” by Jia Ren, Yong K. Kim, John M. Rice, Proceedings of the 1st World Conference on 3D Fabrics and Their Applications, April 2008.

“Dynamic Constitute behavior of UHMWPE-HAP Nanocomposites by John Crowley, Vijaya B. Chalivendra, John M. Rice, Proceedings of the SEM XI International Congress & Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, June 2008.

“Fracture Toughness of the Through-Thickness Flock Fiber Reinforced Laminar Composites” by  Yong K. Kim, Liang Feng, and John M. Rice, Proceeding of AUTEX Conference, Tampere, Finland, 2007.

“Micromechanics of Z-Directional Micro-Fiber Reinforcement” by  Liang Feng, Mayur Kumbhani, Yong K. Kim, John M. Rice, Proceeding of the Society for the Advancement of Material Process Engineering, April 2006.

"Thermal Analysis of a Graphite Epoxy Plate-Fin Heat Exchanger Using Finite Element Analysis" by J. Rice, R. Laoulache, D. Maass, and D. Rose, Proceeding of the  Joint ASME and (Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering) JSME, INTER pack 95 conference, March 1995.

"Computer-Aided Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology" by J. Rice.  Proceedings of the Association for Integrated Manufacturing Technology, March 1987.

"Theoretical Ground Motions Using the Boundary Element Method" by M. Sadd and J. Rice. Proceedings of the 4 th Sensor Technology Symposium, Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Miss, 1983.






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