Alberto Mello

Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Department
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus

Office Hours

M,T,W,Th - 10-11:30am

Areas of Expertise

Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials

  • Physics of fatigue crack initiation
  • Microscale plastic strain accumulation
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Experimental mechanics
  • Mechanics of adhesion and interfacial fracture
  • Structural Analysis and Aeronautical Fatigue
  • Damage Tolerance Analysis
  • Aircraft fatigue life extension

Dr. Alberto Mello is currently Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Campus. Dr. Alberto Mello concluded his Ph.D. studies in Aerospace at the University of Texas at Austin. He receive his masters and bachelor degrees in Aeronautics from Aeronautical Institute of Technology ITA, Brazil. He worked as Postdoc and Visiting Professor at Purdue University, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, from 2014 to 2018. He mentored the Brazilian Air Force – BAF Structural Integrity Group, being involved in all BAF structural integrity and aircraft life extension programs from 1990 to 2014. Dr. Alberto Mello was the manager of the Brazilian Satellite Launcher VLS-1 Project and the head of the Brazilian Space Projects Branch at Institute of Aeronautics and Space – IAE, Brazil (2011-2014). He served as part-time professor of Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics at ITA from 2004 to 2014. Topics of interest: physics of fatigue crack initiation, microscale plastic strain accumulation, fracture mechanics, experimental mechanics, mechanics of adhesion and interfacial fracture, structural analysis and aeronautical fatigue, damage tolerance analysis, aircraft fatigue life extension.

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas System : Austin

  • AE 421: Aircraft Detail Design

Andrea Nicolas, Alberto W. Mello, Yiwei Sun, David R. Johnson, Michael D. Sangid. Reconstruction methods and analysis of subsurface uncertainty for anisotropic microstructures. Journal of Materials Science and Engineering A. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2019.05.089. May 2019.

Ritwik Bandyopadhyay, Alberto W. Mello, Kartik Kapoor, Michael P. Reinhold, Thomas F Broderick, Michael D. Sangid. On the crack initiation and heterogeneous deformation of Ti-6Al-4V during high cycle fatigue at high R ratios. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2019.04.017. Apr. 2019.

Andrea Nicolas, Alberto W. Mello, Michael D. Sangid. Relationships between microstructure and micromechanical stresses on local pitting during galvanic corrosion in AA7050. Corrosion Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.corsci.2019.03.016. Mar. 2019.

Alberto W. Mello, Andrea Nicolas, Michael Sangid. A fatigue deformation map to quantify the degree of mesoscopic cube slip at elevated temperatures. Presented at TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition 1 (86). Mar 2019. www.tms.org.

Andrea Nicolas, Alberto W. Mello, Michael Sangid. The effect of localized stresses and heterogeneous strains on galvanic corrosion in AA7050. Presented at TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition 1 (209). Mar. 2019. www.tms.org.

Andrea Nicolas, Alberto Mello, Michael Sangid. The effect of strain localization on galvanic corrosion pitting in AA7050. CORROSION. https://doi.org/10.5006/2729. Aug. 2018.

Alberto W. Mello, Todd Book, Andrea Nicolas; Samuel E. Otto; Christopher J. Gilpin, Michael D Sangid. Distortion Correction Protocol for Digital Image Correlation after Scanning Electron Microscopy: Emphasis on long duration and ex-situ experiments. Experimental Mechanics. DOI 10.1007/s11340-017-0303-1. Jun 2017.

Alberto W. Mello, Andrea Nicolas, Michael D Sangid. Investigation of Elevated Temperature Fatigue in Ni-Based Superalloys – Role of Slip System Activation. Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics – SEM Annual 2017. Jun. 2017.

Alberto W. Mello, Andrea Nicolas, Michael D Sangid. Fatigue strain mapping via digital image correlation for Ni-based superalloys: the role of thermal activation on cube slip. Materials Science & Engineering A 695 (2017) 332–341. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2017.04.002. Apr. 2017.

A. W. Mello, A. Nicolas, R. A. Lebensohn, M. D. Sangid. Effect of microstructure on strain localization in a 7050 Aluminum alloy: comparison of experiments and modeling for various textures. Materials Science and Engineering: A, April 2016. Vol 661, pages 187–197.

Alberto W Mello, Andrea Nicolas, Michael D Sangid. Relationship between Galvanic Corrosion and Local Plastic Deformation during Fatigue of Al Alloys. Presented at TMS 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibition 1 (145). Feb 2016. www.tms.org.

Andrea Nicolas, Alberto W Mello, Michael D. Sangid. Evaluation of Strain Localizations on AA-7050 Using CP-FFT and EBSD. Presented at TMS 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibition 1 (145). Feb 2016. www.tms.org.

Alberto W Mello, Andrea Nicolas, Ricardo Lebensohn, Michael Sangid. Relationship between Galvanic Corrosion and Local Plastic Deformation - AA7050-T7451. Presented at Aircraft Structural Integrity Program – ASIP. Dec 2015.

Cannon, A.H., Hochhalter, J.D., Mello, A.W., Bomarito, G.F., Sangid, M.D., 2015. MicroStamping for Improved Speckle Patterns to Enable Digital Image Correlation. 2015 Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference, August 4, 2015, Portland, Oregon. ID: 0546-000769.

A W S Mello Junior, P I P Oliveira, D F V Mattos. Brazilian Air Force Alternative Individual Aircraft Tracking (IAT) for Increasing Reliability of NDI. USAF Aircraft Structural Integrity Program Conference. ASIP 2012.

De Almeida, Fabio A; Guerra, Eduardo Bento ; D'Oliveira, Flávio Araripe ; Mello, Alberto Walter . Constrained Linear Quadratic Tracker for Optimal Performance Flight. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (Print), v. 35, p. 1911-1919, 2012.

Mello Junior, Alberto W. S.; GARCIA, Abílio Neves ; Ribeiro, Fabrício N. ; Mattos, Daniel Ferreira V. . Brazilian Air Force aircraft structural integrity program: an overview. Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management, v. 1, p. 107-111, 2009.

Mattos, Daniel Ferreira V.; Mello Junior, Alberto W. S. ; Ribeiro, Fabrício N. . F-5M DTA program. Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management, v. 1, p. 113-120, 2009.

Mello Jr, Alberto W. S.  Mattos, Daniel Ferreira V. Reliability prediction for structures under cyclic loads and recurring inspections. Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management, v. 1, p. 201-209, 2009.

A N Garcia, A W S Mello Jr. On the MSD Assessment of Real Aircraft Fuselage Panels. International Committee on Aeronautical Fatigue and Structural Integrity. ICAF 2008

Mello Junior, A. W. S.  Liechti, Kenneth M.  The Effect of Self-Assembled Monolayers on Interfacial Fracture. Journal of Applied Mechanics, v. 73, p. 860, 2006.

Mello Junior, A. W. S.; Carneiro, Sergio Henrique da Silva; Ciliato, Giovanni Dias ; Garcia, Abílio Neves . Overview of the Life Extension Programs Developed at CTA for the Brazilian Air Force Fleet. In: International Conference on Aeronautical Fatigue, 2005, Hamburgo, 2005.

Mello Junior, A. W. S ; Carneiro, Sergio Henrique da Silva ; Santos, Cesar Demetrio ; Ciliato, Giovanni Dias ; Garcia, Abílio Neves ; Ferreira, Nayara Nunes ; Pereira, Stephanie Christini Gomes . Load Spectrum Evaluation for FAB T-25 DTA Program. In: International Congress of Mechanical Engineering, 2005, Ouro Preto, 2005.

Mello Junior, A. W. S.; Liechti, Kenneth M. Self-Assembled Monolayers and Mode-Mix Dependent Traction-Separation Laws for Intrinsic Fracture Toughness. In: International Conference on Fracture (ICF 05), 2005, Turin, 2005.

Mello, A. W.; Liechti, K. M. A piezoelectric biaxial loading device for interfacial fracture experiments. Experimental Mechanics, v. 44, p. 495-501, 2004.

Mello Junior, A. W. S.; Carneiro, Sergio Henrique da Silva ; Santos, Cesar Demetrio ; Garcia, Abílio Neves ; Ciliato, Giovanni Dias . Brazilian Air Force Training Aircraft DTA Program: An Overview. In: Aircraft Structural Integrity Program, 2004, Memphis, 2004.

Mello Junior, A. W. S.; Brandão, Maurício Pazini. Application of a Multi-Parameter Yield Zone Model for Crack Growth Predictions. Applied Mechanics in the Americas, Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL, v. 07, p. 745-748, 1999.

Mello Junior, A. W. S; Brandão, Maurício Pazini. Aplicação de Modelo de Crescimento de Trinca de Múltiplos Parâmetros na Determinação da Vida Econômica e do Intervalo entre Inspeções de Estruturas Aeronáuticas. In: Simpósio de Pesquisa Operacional e Logística da Marinha, 1998, Rio de Janeiro, 1998.

Mello Junior, A. W. S; Brandão, Maurício Pazini. Aplicação de Modelo de Crescimento de Trinca de Múltiplos Parâmetros na Determinação da Vida Econômica e do Intervalo entre Inspeções de Estruturas Aeronáuticas. In: Simpósio de Pesquisa Operacional e Logística da Marinha, 1998, Rio de Janeiro, 1998.


EMBRY-RIDDLE Aeronautical University – Aerospace Department

          Aug. 2018 – Present: Associate Professor

Purdue University – School of Aeronautics and Astronautics

          Aug. 2016 – Jul. 2018: Visiting Professor

          Jul. 2014 – Jul 2016: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Aeronautical Institute of Technology – ITA (Brazil)

          Feb. 2004 – May 2014: Research Professor

Universidade Paulista – UNIP (Brazil)

          Feb. 2004 – Dec 2006: Professor

Institute of Aeronautics and Space – IAE (Brazil)

          Sept. 2011 – March 2014: Head of the Space Projects Branch, VLS-1 Manager

          Feb. 2004 – Sept. 2011: Aeronautical System Division Head, F-5M and T-25 SLEP Manager

          Aug. 1996 – Dec. 1999: Head of the Fatigue Section, AT-26 SLEP Manager

University of Texas at Austin - UT

          Aug. 2001 – Dec. 2003: Aerospace Department Teacher Assistant

Brazilian Air Force Depot at São Paulo – PAMASP (Brazil)

          Jan. 1990 – Jul. 1996: F-5 fleet Manager and Maintenance Engineer


Professional Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Member of the Mineral, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)

Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Reviewer for the 17th International Congress of Mechanical Engineering - 2003

Ad-hoc Editor of Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management - 2009-2013

Member of the Judging Committee for the “Marechal-do-Ar Casemiro Montenegro Filho” award, offered by the Bureau of Strategic Affairs – Presidency of the Republic of Brazil - 2012-2013


Santos Dumont Medal of Honor for high standard achievement, Brazilian Air Command

Nominated Professor of the Year by the Aeronautical Institute of Technology (ITA) – Aeronautical Engineering Department

Grant awards:

  • Structural analysis and life extension for the AT-26 trainer fleet - General Command of Support (Brazil)
  • Implementation of damage tolerance philosophy to the T-25 trainer fleet - General Command of Support (Brazil)
  • Damage tolerance analysis update for the F-5M fleet  - General Command of Aerospace Technology (Brazil)
  • Development and integration of electronic network, first and second stages of the Satellite Launcher VLS-1 - Brazilian Space Agency
  • Role of precipitates in heterogeneous slip of Ni-based superalloys (Co-PI)  - The University of Birmingham