Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Phone: 617-573-8601
Fax: 617-573-8591
Office: Fenton Building, Rm. 407C


  • PhD, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • MS/BS, Polytechnic Institute, Yerevan, Armenia

Research Interests

  • Mixed Boundary Value Problems and their Applications in Engineering Sciences
  • Theoretical and Computational Solid Mechanics
  • Fracture and Contact Mechanics
  • Mechanics and Micromechanics of Anisotropic Materials
  • Nanoelectromechanics of Piezoelectric Materials


2006-present, Research Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Suffolk University

1997-2006, Adjunct Professor Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Suffolk University

1995-2001, Senior Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

1988-1989, CNC Shop Supervisor, Production of Aircraft Engine Parts, Tesamatec Inc., Montreal, Canada

1985-1987, Process Engineer, Company on Development and Manufacturing of Milling Machines, Yerevan (USSR)

Selected Publications

Karapetian E., Kachanov M., Kalinin S.V., (2005), “Nanoelectromechanics of piezoelectric indentation and applications to Scanning Probe Microscopy of ferroelectric materials”, Philosophical Magazine, 85, pp. 1017-1051.

Kalinin S.V., Karapetian E., Kachanov M., (2004), “Nanoelectromechanics of Piezoresponse Force Microscopy”, Physical Review B, 70, pp. 184101-24.

Karapetian E., Kachanov M., Sevostianov I., (2002), "The Principle of Correspondence between Elastic and Piezoelectric Problems”, Archive of Applied Mechanics, 72, pp. 564-587.

Karapetian E., Sevostianov I., Kachanov M., (2000), "Point force and point electric charge in infinite and semi-infinite transversely isotropic piezoelectric solids", Philosophical Magazine B, 80, pp. 331-359.

Karapetian E., Kachanov M., (1996), "Three-dimensional interaction of a circular crack with dipoles, centers of dilatation and moments", International Journal of Solids & Structures, 33, pp. 3951-3967.

Fabrikant V.I., Rubin B.S., Karapetian E., (1995), "A half-plane crack under tangential load: a complete solution", Zeitschrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik, 75, pp. 523-534.

Fabrikant V.I., Karapetian E., (1994), "Elementary exact method for solving mixed boundary-value problems of potential theory, with application to a half-plane contact and crack problems", Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, 47, pp. 159-174.

Professional Activities

2005-present, Visiting Research Staff Member, Condensed Matter Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville, Tennessee

Reviewer: Zeitschrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik, International Journal of Solids & Structures, Philosophical Magazine, Mathematics & Mechanics of Materials

Current Grants Support

Nanoelectromechanics of Piezoelectric Indentation and Applications to Scanning Probe Microscopies, Co-Principal Investigator, Source: NSF

Electromechanical response of a surface with arbitrary anisotropy using linear plane wave theory, Principal Investigator, Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Courses Taught

Precalculus for the Life Sciences
Topics in Finite Mathematics
Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
Calculus for the Life Sciences