University of California, Santa Barbara

Faculty Profile

Glenn Beltz

Professor & Associate Dean

Mechanical Engineering

Glenn Beltz


College of Engineering
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5130

tel: (805) 893-3354
fax: (805) 893-8124

Personal web site

Claw of Archimedes

Claw of Archimedes

Fabricating a composite beam that would support 4000 lb.


Professor Beltz's teaching and research interests are in ceramic composite design, solid mechanics applied to materials problems (with an emphasis on the physics and mechanics of crystalline defects such as dislocations and quantum dots), and aeronautics. He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and serves as the faculty advisor for the ASME student section and the Engineering Student Council. He typically teaches ME 14 (statics), ME 15 (strength of materials), ME 230 (elasticity), and INT 94BW (a freshman seminar on aeronautics). Professor Beltz received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He conducted postdoctoral work at Brown University in Providence and the Max-Planck-Institut in Stuttgart before coming to Santa Barbara.


  • UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, 2004

Selected Publications

See complete list of publications
  • Effect of T-Stress on Edge Dislocation Formation at a Crack Tip Under Mode I Loading, Multi-Scale Deformation and Fracture in Materials and Structures, 2001, G. E. Beltz and Lisa L. Fischer
  • Elastic Fields of Quantum Dots in Subsurface Layers, J. Appl. Phys, 17, 2001, 221, A. E. Romanov, G. E. Beltz, W. T. Fischer, P. M. Petroff, and J. S. Speck
  • The Effect of Crack Blunting on the Competition Between Dislocation Nucleation and Cleavage, J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 49, 2001, 635, Lisa L. Fischer and G. E. Beltz
  • A Dislocation Model for the Directional Anisotropy of Grain Boundary Fracture, MRS Bulletin, 25, 2000, 21, G. E. Beltz and D. M. Lipkin
  • Modeling of Threading Dislocation Reduction in Growing GaN Layers, Phys. Stat. Sol. A, 179, 2000, 125, Sheila K. Mathis, A. E. Romanov, L. F. Chen, G. E. Beltz, W. Pompe, and J. S. Speck
  • Annihilation Radii for Dislocations Intercepting a Free Surface with Application to Heteroepitaxial Thin Film Growt, III-V and IV-IV Materials and Processing Challenges for Highly Integrated Microelectronics and Optoelectronics, 535, 1999, 9-14, Margherita Chang, Sheila K. Mathis, G. E. Beltz, and C. M. Landis, web link
  • Atomistic Simulation of Stacking Fault Formation in BCC Iron, Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 7, 1999, 949, Anna Machova, G. E. Beltz, and Margherita Chang
  • Effect of Crack Blunting on the Ductile-Brittle Response of Crystalline Materials, Fracture and Ductile vs. Brittle Behavior - Theory, Modeling, and Experiment, 539, 1999, 49-56, D. M. Lipkin, G. E. Beltz, and Lisa L. Fischer
  • Effect of Crack Geometry on Dislocation Nucleation and Cleavage Thresholds, Fracture and Ductile vs. Brittle Behavior - Theory, Modeling, and Experiment, 539, 1999, 57-6, Lisa L. Fischer and G. E. Beltz
  • Laminar Ceramics that Exhibit a Threshold Strength, Science, 286, 1999, 102, M. P. Rao, A. J. Sanchez-Herencia, G. E. Beltz, R. M. McMeeking, and F. F. Lange, web link

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