Virginie Rollin

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

Office Hours

T-Th 2:25 - 3:15
Virginie Rollin

Dr. Virginie Rollin studied Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in France at ENSMA (Poitiers), and moved to the U.S. to study for her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Vermont. During that time, she became an expert in molecular dynamics simulations of nanoindentation in metals. 

Upon finishing her Ph.D., she went to the Los Alamos National Laboratory to perform a postdoctoral appointment. For three years, she used molecular dynamics to study different phenomena, such as shocks and compression in metals.

As an Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle, while continuing her research on nanocrystalline metals, Dr. Rollin also started studying Carbon Nanotube reinforced composites and received funding to build a Carbon Nanotube facility on campus.

During her spare time, Dr. Rollin enjoys flying. She received her private pilot license in April 2011, and has enjoyed flying with the Rio Grande Norte 99s since then. Dr. Rollin recently added an instrument rating as well as high performance and complex endorsements to her license. Dr. Rollin competed in the Air Race Classic in 2016, winning the 3rd place with her teammate Dr. Naiara Petralanda, as Team Bernoulli.

Dr. Rollin is also an experienced scuba diver. She became a certified diver in 2006, and has taken several specialty courses. She has dived at many locations across the U.S. and the rest of the world. 

Dr. Rollin also enjoys baking, crocheting, cross-stitching and dancing swing and salsa.

Dr. Rollin’s webpage is available at

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont

  • AE 316 - Aerospace Engineering Materials
  • AE 316HON - Aerospace Engineering Materials
  • AE 399 - Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering - Investigation of the Chemical Vapor Deposition process and its influence on the growth of Carbon Nanotubes.
  • AE 514 - Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • AE 595O - Failure Analysis of Materials
  • AE 699 - Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering - Onset of Irreversible Plasticity under Nanoindentation
  • AE 699 - Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering - Carbon Nanotube Composites

Book Chapters
  • V. Dupont, F. Sansoz, Multiscale Modeling of Contact-induced Plasticity in Nanocrystalline Metals, in Trends in Computational Nanomechanics: Transcending Time and Space, Ed. Dumitrica, Springer Series: Challenges and Advances in Computational Chemistry and Physics. Vol. 9 (2010). 
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles 

  • V. Dupont, T.C. Germann, Strain rate and orientation dependencies on the strength of single crystalline copper under compression, Physical Review B 86, 134111 (2012). 
  • G. Dimonte, G. Terrones, F.J. Cherne, T.C. Germann, V. Dupont, K. Kadau, W.T. Buttler, D.M. Oro, C. Morris, D.L. Preston, Use of Richtmyer-Meshkov instability to infer yield stress at high-energy-density, Physical Review Letters 107, 264502 (2011). 
  • F. Sansoz, V. Dupont, Nanoindentation and plasticity in nanocrystalline Ni nanowires: A case study in size effect mitigation, Scripta Materialia 63, 1136-1139 (2010). 
  • V. Dupont, F. Sansoz, Molecular dynamics study of crystal plasticity during nanoindentation in Ni nanowires, Journal of Materials Research Focus Issue on Indentation Methods in Advanced Materials Research (Ed. E.P. George), 24, 948-956 (2009). 
  • V. Dupont, F. Sansoz, Quasicontinuum study of incipient plasticity under nanoscale contact in nanocrystalline aluminum, Acta Materialia 56, 6013-6026 (2008). 
  • F. Sansoz, V. Dupont, Atomistic mechanisms of shear localization during indentation of a nanostructured metal, Materials Science and Engineering C 27, 1509-1513 (2007). 
  • F. Sansoz, V. Dupont, Grain growth behavior at absolute zero during nanocrystalline metal indentation, Applied Physics Letters 89, 111901 (2006). 
Refereed Conference Proceedings 
  • G.A. Ingvason and V. Rollin, Molecular Dynamics Simulation of a Pullout Test on a Carbon Nanotube in a Polymer Matrix, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proceedings 1700 (2014).
  • V. Dupont, F. Sansoz, Grain boundary structure evolution in nanocrystalline Al by nanoindentation simulations, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proceedings 903E, 0903-Z06-05.1 (2005). 
Non-Refereed Conference Proceedings 
  • V. Dupont, S. -P. Chen, T.C. Germann, Isomorphic phase transformation in shocked cerium using molecular dynamics, EPJ Web of Conferences 10, 00009 (2010). 
  • F. Sansoz, V. Dupont, Deformation of nanocrystalline metals under nanoscale contact, Proc. of NSTI Nanotech 2006 Conference 1, 50-53 (2006). 
Other Publications 
  • V. Dupont, S. P. Chen, T. C. Germann, Isomorphic phase transformation in shocked cerium using molecular dynamics, TSC Directorate Science Highlights, (2011). 
  • V. Dupont, Multiscale modeling of contact plasticity and nanoindentation in nanostructured FCC metals, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Vermont (2008).

2012 - present: Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Involved in student teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate level. 
  • Conducting research in Computational and Experimental Materials Science. 
  • Responsible for the Scanning Electron Microscope Lab.
2012 - present: Visiting scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM

2009 - 2012: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Theoretical Division, Los Alamos, NM.
  • Computational Co-design project: part of a team that aims at developing a co-design code for multiscale materials modeling. Coded the multiscale program coupling finite elements and molecular dynamics. 
  • Influence of temperature, strain rate and grain size on the plasticity and yield in copper: molecular dynamics simulations of shockless compression and shear of copper single and nano-crystalline samples. 
  • Molecular dynamics studies of shock induced phase transformation in cerium: testing of a potential under development for use in molecular dynamics simulations of shocks in single crystalline cerium. 
2008 - 2009: Consultant, Burlington, VT .
  • Prepared and analyzed fractured ceramic samples using Scanning Electron Microscopy. Helped the company improve their fabrication process by providing pictures and data. 
2005 - 2009: Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, Research Assistant, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
  • Performed experimental studies on the growth and characterization of Nickel nanowires. 
  • Conducted molecular dynamics simulations of nanoindentation on single crystalline nickel nanowires. 
  • Performed molecular dynamics and statics simulations of nanoindentation on aluminum thin films. Compared the effects of different interatomic potentials on the plasticity behavior under nanoscale contact. Compared results to Hertzian theory. 
2006; 2007: Project Assistant, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
  • Created a vibration laboratory for the Mechanical Engineering Lab III including wireless strain gages. 
2005: Intern, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
  • Conducted multiscale simulations of nanoindentation of thin films. Compared to theoretical models. 
2004: Intern, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA), Gif sur Yvette, France.
  • Simulated the propagation of a crack along a bimetallic weld using finite elements.

Awards and Honors
  • 2016: 3rd place in the Air Race Classic
  • 2010: Los Alamos National Laboratory Certificate of Recognition for exceptional contribution in the Los Alamos Postdoc Association. 
  • 2007: Recipient of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Award 2007 for excellence in performance and greatest promise of success. 
  • 2007: 3rd place for Best presentation during UVM Graduate Research Day. 
  • 2005: Pegasus Award. 
Service for the Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 2011: CNLS Deputy Director search committee 
Service for the Los Alamos Postdoc Association
  • 2010 - 2012: Member of the Career Committee: organization of career development seminars, Postdoc Research Day, Career Fair. 
  • 11/2010 - 05/2011: President 
Reviewer for Referred Journals
  • Applied Physics Letters 
  • AIAA Journal
  • Computational Materials Science 
  • Materials Science & Engineering A 
  • Physical Review B 
  • Physical Review Letters 
  • The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), member of the Materials and History Technical Committees
  • American Physical Society (APS), past member 
  • Materials Research Society (MRS), member 
  • The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), past member 
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), member
Session Chair
  • 18th International Symposium on Plasticity and its Current Applications, Dynamic Plasticity Session, 2012 
  • Since 2013: Member of the Volusia County Reef Research Dive Team: surveying the health of our offshore artificial and natural reefs
  • 06/2012: Head Timer for the Air Race Classic 2012 stop in Gallup, NM.
  • 03/2012: Led the aviation/aerospace workshop for Expanding Your Horizons workshop in Los Alamos 
  • Since 2010: Member of the 99s (International Organization of Women Pilots, Rio Grande Norte Chapter, Florida Spaceport Chapter, Daytona Beachin' Eagles chapter): organization of seminars, educational events, fly-outs, fundraisers, ... Secretary of the Spaceport 99s Chapter June 2014 - June 2015, Webmaster of the Spaceport 99s Chapter since September 2015, co-chair of the Daytona Beachin' Eagles Chapter since August 2016.
  • Since 2005: Translator for the Amis des Enfants du Monde association