This website presents Dr. Ervin's curriculum vitae, research interests/projects, and publications. Her new facility, the Multi-Function Dynamics Laboratory (MFDL), is the home for fundamental study of structural components under shock and vibration. One teaching interest is also linked: introductory education in nuclear engineering.
Dr. Elizabeth K. Ervin joined the Department of Civil Engineering at Ole Miss in August of 2006 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted in 2012 to Associate Professor. She has two Civil Engineering degrees: a B.S. in cursu honorum with a concentration in structural mechanics from Tennessee Technological University and a M.S. with a concentration in structures from Vanderbilt University. She completed her Doctorate at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering while working at Bechtel Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, a Department of Energy and U.S. Navy Contractor. She has also been employed by the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation in both Memphis and Cookeville, Tennessee. Her Masters research focused on the identification of theoretical structural properties of swept airplane wings through finite element analysis. Her Doctoral research examines the dynamics of repetitive impact on beam structures that are subject to sinusoidal base excitation. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, linking civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer engineering. Possible topics involve impact of multiple flexible structures, discontinuous state mapping, finite elements, structural integrity, fracture mechanics, and combined dynamic loading. Her experience also includes experimentation and laboratory instrumentation. Her primary teaching interests include basic/advanced mechanics, basic/advanced vibrations, material behavior, and experimental methods. Dr. Ervin is a member of ASCE, ASME, ASEE, and SWE. She especially enjoys speaking to groups on the topic of "Shake 'N Break."