Steven J. Pagano, PhD

  • Assistant Teaching Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (2019)
    Drexel University (PA)
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (2016)
    Drexel University (PA)
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering (2013)
    Widener University (PA)
  • BS, Physics (2013)
    Widener University (PA)

About Me

Everyone has a different experience when it comes to their education. Many of us come from different backgrounds and different levels of knowledge. At Widener, our goal as educators is to elevate your skill levels, both academically and professionally, preparing you for the future. 

In my humble opinion, we do a pretty good job. I can attest to this first hand, as I graduated from Widener in 2013 with a dual-BS degree in mechanical engineering and physics. Widener helped to change my non-linear career path into a rather smooth trajectory, landing me at Drexel University. 

In 2016, I completed a MS in mechanical engineering and mechanics, followed with a PhD in 2019. My research focus was on investigations of dynamic fracture and fragmentation of brittle polymers and composites. While at Drexel, my secondary focus was educating students as an Engineering Teaching Fellow. I served in that position for 4 years before lecturing and ultimately returning to Widener. 

Now that I am back, my goal is to provide students with the same tools, skills, professionalism, and academic integrity that was instilled upon me nearly a decade ago. I want them to have the highest chance of success for both their current academic careers and their future professional careers.

Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamic Experimentation
  • Digital Image Correlation
  • Dynamic Material Behavior
  • Brittle Fracture

Media Expertise

  • Solid mechanics
  • Dynamic fracture mechanics
  • Finite element modeling
  • Digital image correlation
  • Experimental mechanics


  • Bellafatto, A., & Pagano, S., & Mendoza, M., & Masser, K., & Palmese, G., & Lamberson, L. (In review). DGEBA Mode-I Dynamic Fracture Behavior with Heterogeneous Toughening. International Journal of Fracture Mechanics.
  • Pagano, S., & Jewell, P., & Lamberson, L. (2019). A Tunable Modified-Hopkinson Impact Fatigue Device. Review of Scientific Instruments, 90(10), 105104.
  • Barsoum, M., & Zhao, X., &  Shanazarov, S., & Romanchuk, A., & Koumlis, S.,& Pagano, S., Lamberson, L., Tucker, G. J. (2019). Ripplocations: A universal deformation mechanism in layered solids. Physical Review Materials, 3(1), 013602.
  • Koumlis, S., & Pagano, S., & del Rey, G., & Kim, Y., & Jewell, P., & Noh, M., & Lamberson, L. (2019). Drop on Demand Colloidal Suspension Inkjet Patterning for DIC. Experimental Techniques, 43(2), 137-148.


  • Koerner Family Awards (2019)
  • George C. Hill Jr. Endowed Fellowship (2016)
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation (2014)
  • Deans III Fellow, Drexel University, (2013-2014)