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Research Focus

Biomechanics, material science, engineering mechanics


I was born in Smithtown, NY in June 1975, the first of my entire English family tree to be born in the USA. I am the 2nd oldest of four brothers. The other three are all way smarter than I am. In 1992 I left NY, as did the rest of my family – and I began my education in earnest.

I received both my B.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at MIT, in 1996 and 2001, respectively. My Ph.D. advisor was Professor Subra Suresh, now the Dean of Engineering at MIT. The topic of my dissertation was the mechanical behavior of small volume structures, for thin film and patterned line applications. I also worked in nanoindentation experiments, and experimental atomic simulations using bubble rafts.

In Feb 2001, I looked for something new to research and found it in the Physiology Program at the Harvard School of Public Health. There, I worked as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow on lubrication between the lung and chest wall during breathing. It was during this time that my interest in macroscopic, physiologically relevant mechanics began to develop.

In June 2003 I joined the faculty of The State University of New York at Stony Brook, in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. I had a joint appointment with the Center for Thermal Spray Research. I made the simple decision to join the faculty there while on a research trip to GE in Schenectady, NY. There, I worked on mechanics of heterogeneous, multilayered systems, with a special focus on Thermal Spray Coatings, and developed my current program in Lung Mechanics. Homesick for Boston and seeking new opportunities, I left Stony Brook in December 2007.

Currently, I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University. My current interests include Mechanics of Heterogeneous Systems, Industrially Relevant Fundamental Mechanics of Thermal Sprayed Coatings, Respiratory (Lung) Mechanics and of course, Indentation Across Size Scales and Disciplines, the topic of my 2005 NSF CAREER Award. I am also developing programs in mechanics and detection of child abuse, and educational outreach such as Bringing Education and Lifelong Learning to Adults (BELLA).


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 COE Faculty Fellow
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Research Overview

Biomechanics, material science, engineering mechanics

Selected Publications

  • T. Hu, S. Zhalehpour, A. Gouldstone, et al., A Method for the Estimation of the Interface Temperature in Ultrasonic Joining, Metallurgical And Materials Transactions A-Physical Metallurgy And Materials Science, 45A(5), 2014, 2545-2552
  • C.T. Nguyen, H.M. Gonnermann, Y. Chen, A. Gouldstone, Film Drainage and the Lifetime of Bubbles, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 14(9), 2013, 3616-3631
  • J.H. Kim, A. Gouldstone, C.S. Korach, Analysis of Spherical Indentation of an Elastic Bilayer Using a Modified Perturbation Approach, MEMS and Nanotechnology, 4, 2011, 53-57
  • B. Choi, Y. Wu, S. Sampath, A. Gouldstone, Modified Indentation Techniques to Probe Inelasticity in Ni5%Al Coatings from Different Processes, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 18(1), 2009, 65-74
  • L.H. Weng, A. Gouldstone, Y.H. Wu, W.L. Chen, Mechanically Strong Double Network Photocrosslinked Hydrogels from N,N-Dimethylacrylamide and Glycidyl Methacrylated Hyaluronan, Biomaterials, 29(14), 2008, 2153-2163

Student Groups

Apr 20, 2021

Building a Fleet of Drones

As part of the Aerospace NU student club, mechanical engineering student Noah Ossanna, E’22, and electrical engineering student John Buczek, E’22, are working on building a fleet of autonomous drones that could be used in search-and-rescue missions.


Jan 07, 2021

NIST Award to Support Metal-Based Additive Manufacturing

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded $999,464 to the Cold Spray Research Group in MIE to improve sensing approaches and create a suite of sensor technologies that will help optimize cold spray additive manufacturing (CSAM). Cold spray AM processes have the potential to create parts that are more durable and stronger than those […]

Spotlight Story

Nov 06, 2020

Making the Shoe Fit

In many ways, mechanical engineers are like superheroes. They look like you or me out on the street, but when they get to work they can solve almost any problem, big or small. Gabrielle Whittle, E’21, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering at Northeastern, comes by her interest in mechanical engineering naturally. Her father is […]

Spotlight Story

Oct 22, 2020

From Drone Racing to Autonomous Swarms: How Northeastern’s Aerospace Club is Developing Aerial Robotics

In Fall 2017, then-freshman engineering students John Buczek, Noah Ossanna, Blake McHale, Joshua Field, Michael Tang and Ryan Lung were eager to take the combination of their personal interests and studies further in their roles as members of Northeastern’s Aerospace club: Aerospace NU. They turned to Aerospace NU to propose a new subset of projects, […]


Jul 19, 2017

Zipper Guide Patent

MIE Associate Professor Andrew Gouldstone was awarded a patent for “Zipper guide for facilitating closure of open-ended zipper”


Jul 08, 2017

From Capstone to MassChallenge Finalist

Co-founders of Power Assist Solutions, Martin Bujwid and Louise Katzovitz, both BS Mechanical Engineering 2017, made the 2017 MassChallenge Boston accelerator program for their power assist invention for wheelchairs! Two Northeastern graduates have launched a startup that offers a technological solution to easing the physical burden placed upon nurses and other caregivers working at hospitals […]


Jun 13, 2017

Biometric Boarding Pass

Associate Professors Andrews Gouldstone (MIE) and Yunsi Fei (ECE) weigh in on using biometrics such as facial recognition and fingerprint scans at airports.


Feb 16, 2017

RC Hovercraft League Survey

Take our survey to help create the first official RC Hovercraft Racing League of any college in the nation.

May 02, 2016

Faculty and Staff Awards 2016

2016 Faculty and Staff Awards Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2015-2016 academic school year. Faculty Fellow Kaushik Chowdhury, ECE Carol Livermore, MIE Marilyn Minus, MIE Rising Star Staff Award Gabrielle Fiorenza, Co-op Nicole Nightingale, Dean’s Office Outstanding Teachers […]

Student Groups

Feb 17, 2016

NE SASE Regional Conference is Big Success

The Northeastern chapter of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) hosted the 6th Annual Northeast Regional Conference this past weekend with great success.

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