The Catholic University of America

Jandro L. Abot, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

(202) 319-4382 phone
(202) 319-5173 fax



6-year degree in Structural Engineering, University of the Republic (Uruguay), 1993

M.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Northwestern University, 1998

Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Northwestern University, 2001


Prof. Abot teaches engineering courses to most of the engineering students at CUA. His research group is engaged on projects about mechanics, materials engineering, fabrication, electromechanical characterization of composite materials and structural health monitoring using carbon nanotube fiber-based sensors. These research projects receive funding from AFOSR, NASA and Fulbright. Prof. Abot is also a collaborator on several research projects with colleagues in the USA, Brazil, Mexico and France. Prof. Abot has published more than 110 technical papers and is currently serving as Guest Editor for Sensors, the Journal of Carbon Research and the Journal of Multifunctional Composites. Prof. Abot also serves the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Materials Science and Engineering Program, and the School of Engineering in several academic areas including mentoring, recruitment, inclusion, accreditation and international programs.

Representative Publications

Anike, J. C., Bajar, A. and Abot, J. L. Time-dependent effects on the coupled mechanical-electrical response of
carbon nanotube yarns under tensile loading. J. Carbon Res. 2(1), 3 (2016). doi: 10.3390/c2010003.  

Abot, J. L., Kiyono, C. Y., Thomas, G. P. and Silva, E. C. N. Strain gauge sensors comprised of carbon nanotube yarn: Parametric numerical analysis of their piezoresistive response. Smart Mater. Struct. 24 (7): 075018 (2015).   

Abot, J. L., Wynter, K., Mortin, S. P., Borges de Quadros, H., Le, H. H., Renner, D. C. and Belay, K. Localized detection of damage in laminated composite materials using carbon nanotube yarn sensors. J. Multifunc. Compos. Special Issue: Novel Sensing Techniques and Approaches in Composite Materials 2: 217-226 (2014).

Abot, J. L., Alosh, T. and Belay, K. Strain dependence of electrical resistance in carbon nanotube yarns.

Carbon 70: 95-102 (2014).


Daniel, I. M., Abot, J. L., Schubel, P. M. and Luo, J. -J. Response and damage tolerance of composite sandwich structures under low velocity impact. Exper. Mech. 52 (1): 37-47 (2012).

Abot, J. L., Gabbai, R. D. and Harsley, K. Effect of woven fabric architecture on interlaminar mechanical response of composite materials: an experimental study. J. Reinf. Plast. Comp. 30 (24): 2003-2014 (2011).

Drensky, G., Hamed, A., Tabakoff, W. and Abot, J. L. Experimental investigation of polymer matrix reinforced composite erosion characteristics. Wear 270 (3-4): 146-152 (2011).

Abot, J. L., Raghavan, V., Li, G. and Thomas, E. L. “Effect of interface, height and density of tall carbon nanotube arrays on their thermal conductivity: an experimental study”. J. Nanosci. Nanotechno. 11 (1): 1-10 (2011). 

Abot, J. L., Schulz, M. J., Song, Y., Medikonda, S. and Rooy, N. “Novel distributed strain sensing in polymeric materials”. Smart Mater. Struct. 19(8):085007 (2010).

Song, Y. and Abot, J. L. “On the mechanical response of carbon nanotube array laminated composite materials”. J. Reinf. Plast. Comp. 29 (22): 3401-3410 (2010).

Abot, J. L., Bardin, G., Raghavan, V., Govindaraju, N., Spriegel, C. and Song, Y. “Thermal conductivity of carbon nanotube array laminated composite materials”. J. Compos. Mater. 45 (3): 321-340 (2011).

Jayasinghe, C., Li, W., Abot, J. L., Song, Y., Shanov, V. N., Fialkova, S., Yarmolenko, S., Sundaramurthy, S., Chen, Y., Cho, W., Chakrabarti, S., Li, G., Yun, Y. and Schulz, M. J. “Nanotube responsive materials”. MRS Bull. 35(9): 682-692 (2010).

Abot, J. L., Song, Y., Sri Vatsavaya, M., Medikonda, S., Kier, Z., Jayasinghe,C., Rooy, N., Shanov, V. N. and Schulz, M. J. “Delamination detection with carbon nanotube thread in self-sensing composite materials”. Compos. Sci. Technol. 70 (7): 1113-1119 (2010).

Evora, M. C., Klosterman, D., Lafdi, K., Li, L. and Abot, J. L. “Functionalization of carbon nanofibers through electron beam irradiation”. Carbon 48 (7): 2037-2046 (2010).

Kulkarni, M., Carnahan, D., Kulkarni, K., Qian, D. and Abot, J. L. “Elastic response of a carbon nanotube reinforced fiber polymeric composite: a numerical and experimental study”. Compos. Part B-Eng. 41 (5): 414-421 (2010).