Wilburn Ray Whittington
Wilburn Ray Whittington
Research Associate


Office: CAVS 2217
Phone: (662) 325-8558
Alt. Phone: (662) 769-9400

Dr. Wilburn Whittington is a Research Engineer at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) in the Computational Engineering Mechanics and Materials Science (CEMMS) group. He currently serves the CEMMS group as the High Rate Lab Manager and aids in mechanical experimentation and characterization. Dr. Whittington supervises numerous engineering undergraduate provides K-12 STEM outreach in the areas of mechanical testing and characterization. His Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) high strain rate systems have been deployed at multiple universities in the US and has helped develop the first open source SHPB analysis tool for the dynamic materials community. Dr. Whittington received his PhD from Mississippi State University (MSU) in December of 2015 and has co-authored 21 peer-reviewed journal articles. His research interests are machine design, dynamic experiments, and materials engineering.

Research Interest
High rate phenomena, mechanical testing and evaluation, instrumentation

Disc golf, softball, camping

Selected PublicationsTotal Publications by Wilburn Ray Whittington:  43 
Boostani, A. F., Mujahid, S., Oppedal, A. L., Krivanec, C., Whittington, W. R., Allison, P., Bhattacharyya, J., Agnew, S., & El Kadiri, H. (2018). Heat Treatment of Alpha+Beta Titanium Alloys. MS&T proceeding (2018). Columbus, OH. 3. [Abstract]

Mujahid, S., Boostani, A. F., Oppedal, A. L., Krivanec, C., Whittington, W. R., Allison, P., Bhattacharyya, J., Agnew, S., & El Kadiri, H. (2018). Effect of Rapid Heat Treatment on the Microstructure of Alpha+Beta Titanium Alloys. MS&T 2018 Proceeding. Columbus, OH: TMS. 5. [Abstract]

Ma, Q., Li, B., Oppedal, A. L., Whittington, W. R., Horstemeyer, S., Marin, E., Wang, P., & Horstemeyer, M. (2012). Strain Rate Dependence of Twinning at 450°C and Its Effect on Microstructure of an Extruded Magnesium Alloy. Materials Science and Engineering A. Elsevier. 559, 314-318.

Tucker, M.T., Horstemeyer, M., Whittington, W. R., Solanki, K.N., & Gullett, P. (2010). The Effect of Varying Strain Rates and Stress States on the Plasticity, Damage, and Fracture of Aluminum Alloys. In Elsevier (Ed.), Mechanics of Materials. 42(10), 895-907. [Abstract] [Document Site]

Prabhu, R., Horstemeyer, M., McCollum, M., Whittington, W. R., Bouvard, J.-L., Sherburn, J. A., Williams, L. N., Marin, E., & Liao, J. (2010). Traumatic Brain Injury: Coupled Experiment/Finite Element Simulation On High Rate Mechanical Response Of Porcine Brain. Proceedings of the ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference (SBC2010). Naples, Florida, USA: ASME.