Haim Waisman


624 S.W. Mudd
Mail Code 4721

Tel(212) 851-0408
Fax(212) 854-6267

Haim Waisman’s research is in Computational Mechanics with a focus on Fracture and Damage Mechanics considering the Multiphysics and Multiscale response of materials. He has developed novel finite element methods with special interest in extended finite elements (XFEM), damage/phase field methods, cohesive zone methods, multigrid/multiscale methods, mixed finite element formulations, inverse optimization problems, and scientific/parallel computing. 

Research Interests

Computational mechanics, finite element analysis, fracture and damage mechanics, mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics, inverse problems and topology optimization of structures, numerical analysis, scientific and parallel computing.

Research Areas

Waisman has been engaged in diverse applications with a wide range of temporal and spatial scales, e.g. high strain rates impact problems, delamination of composite materials, topology optimization, and crack detection in structures, damage of suspension bridges and concrete structures, hydraulic fracture of rocks and ice sheets in polar-regions.

Haim Waisman obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in 2002 and a Doctorate in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), in 2005. He was also a post-doctoral fellow in the Scientific Computing Research Center (SCOREC) at RPI and in the Mechanical Engineering department at Northwestern University before joining Columbia University in 2008. Waisman and his students have won several best paper and poster awards. He is the recipient of the Department of Energy Early Career Award, in 2012 and the Leonardo Da Vinci Award from the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE, in 2014.


  • Postdoctoral fellow in mechanical engineering, Northwestern University, 2006-2007
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Scientific Computing Research Center (SCOREC), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2005-2006


  • Associate professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, Columbia University, 2013–
  • Assistant professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, Columbia University, 2008–2013
  • Senior research scientist, Global Engineering and Materials, Inc., 2007-2008 


  • United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM)
  • International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)
  • Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)


  • EMI Leonardo Da Vinci Award, ASCE-Engineering Mechanics Institute, 2014
  • Best Paper Award, ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, 2013
  • Early Career Award, Department of Energy, 2012
  • Finalist, Robert J. Melosh medal competition in Finite Element Analysis, 2006
  • Best Paper Award, 10th Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods, 2006
  • Best Paper Award, 12th Copper Mountain Conference on Multigrid Methods, 2005


  • M. Arriaga and H. Waisman, Combined stability analysis of phase-field dynamic fracture and shear band localization, International Journal of Plasticity, In Press 2017. (link)
  • L. Berger-Vergiat and H. Waisman, An overlapping Domain Decomposition preconditioning method for monolithic solution of shear bands, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 318:33-60, 2017. (link)
  • M. Mobasher, R. Duddu, J. Bassis and H. Waisman, Modeling hydraulic fracture of glaciers using continuum damage mechanics, Journal of Glaciology, 62(234):794-804, 2016. (link)
  • Y. Wang and H. Waisman, From diffuse damage to sharp cohesive cracks: a coupled XFEM framework for failure analysis of quasi-brittle materials, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 299:57-89, 2016. (link)
  • C. McAuliffe and H. Waisman, A unified model for metal failure capturing shear banding and fracture, International Journal of Plasticity, 65:131-151, 2015. (link)
  • G. Song, H. Waisman, M. Lan and I. Harari, Extraction of Stress Intensity Factors from Irwin's integral using high order XFEM on triangular meshes, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 102(3-4), 20-27, 2015. (link)
  • L. Berger-Vergiat, C. McAuliffe and H. Waisman, Isogeometric Analysis of Shearbands, Computational Mechanics, 54(2):503-521, 2014. (link)
  • K.A. James and H. Waisman, Failure Mitigation in Optimal Topology Design Using a Coupled Nonlinear Continuum Damage Model, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 268:614-631, 2014. (link)
  • H. Sun, H. Waisman and R. Betti, Nondestructive identification of multiple flaws in structures using XFEM and a topologically adapting enhanced ABC algorithm, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 95(10):871-900, 2013. (link)
  • R. Duddu and H. Waisman, A temperature dependent creep damage model for polycrystalline ice, Mechanics of Materials, 46: 23-41, 2012. (link)
  • B. Hiriyur, R. Tuminaro, H. Waisman, E. Boman and D. Keyes, A Quasi-Algebraic Multigrid Approach to Fracture Problems Based on Extended Finite Elements, SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing, 34(2):A603-A626, 2012. (link)
  • B. Hiriyur, H. Waisman and G. Deodatis, Uncertainty quantification in homogenization of heterogeneous microstructures modeled by extended finite element methods, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 88 (3):257-278, 2011. (link)
  • H. Waisman, A. Montoya, R. Betti and I. C. Noyan, Load transfer and recovery length in parallel seven-wire suspension bridge cable strands with friction, ASCE-Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 137, 227-237, 2011. (link)
  • H. Waisman and T. Belytschko, Parametric Enrichment Adaptivity in the extended finite element method, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 73 (12):1671-1692, 2008. (link)
  • H. Waisman and J. Fish, A Space-Time multilevel method for molecular dynamics simulations, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 195 (44-47): 6542-6559, 2006. (link)