Dr. Andrew Young

Dr. Andrew Young
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering


  • Structural mechanics
  • Inflatable structures
  • Performance of composite materials
  • Village Aid Project - meeting basic needs in the developing world
  • Humanitarian engineering
  • Engineering education


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine, 2017
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine, 2013
  • B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maine, 2011


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About Dr. Andrew Young

Andy Young is an assistant professor of Physics and Engineering at Fort Lewis College.  He joined the college in 2017.  Previously he was a graduate research assistant in the University of Maine’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program and at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center where he obtained a PhD in Civil Structural Engineering and was a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow.  Andy’s research and teaching interests include structural mechanics, structural engineering, engineering design, and humanitarian or global engineering.  Since 2018 Andy has been involved in the Village Aid Project (VAP) first as a faculty partner and since 2020 a director.  VAP partners with communities in the developing world to find sustainable solutions to their critical engineering problems.  In addition, VAP is training the next generation of students to understand the need for sustainable systems and who value the concept of responsible global citizenship.

Selected publications

Birky, D., Ladd, J., Guardiola, I., & Young, A. (2021). Predicting the dynamic response of a structure using an artificial neural network. Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control.

Birky, D., Guardiola, I., Young, A. (2021). “Efficient clustering of the dynamic response of a structure subject to impulse loading,” AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum, online.

Young, A. C., Davids, W. G., Cheatwood, F. M., and Lindell M. C. (2018). Structural Analysis of Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator Pressure Tub Testing. Thin-Walled Structures, 131, 869-882.

Young, A. C., Davids, W. G., Whitney, D. J., Clapp, J. D. and Goupee, A. G. (2017). “Structural testing and analysis of a braided, inflatable fabric torus structure.” Acta Astronautica, 139, 189-200.

Young, A. C., Davids, W. G., Goupee, A. J., and Clapp, J. D. (2017). “Computationally Efficient Finite-Element Modeling of Braided Inflatable Structural Members with Axial Reinforcing.” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 143(6).

Young, A. C., Goupee, A. J., Dagher, H. J., and Viselli, A. M. (2017). “Methodology for optimizing composite towers for use on floating wind turbines.” Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 9(3).

Clapp, J. D., Young, A. C., Davids, W. G., and Goupee, A. J. (2016). “Bending response of reinforced, inflated, tubular braided fabric structural members.” Thin-Walled Structures, 107, 415-426.

Clapp, J. D., Davids, W. G., Goupee, A. J., and Young, A. C. (2016). “Experimental determination of inflatable, braided tube constitutive properties.” Strain, 52, 148–161.