David Unger

Dr. David Unger

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Room 257, Koch Center for Engineering and Science

Dr. Unger is the author of the textbook, Analytical Fracture Mechanics, which was originally published in hard cover by Academic Press (1995), and later reprinted in paperback form by Dover Publications in 2001 and again in 2011. He was awarded the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for scholarly activity by the University of Evansville in 2005, the Dean's Teaching Award in the School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2006, the Dean’s Research Award in 2022, and designated a UE Global Scholar in 2007. He was a professionally licensed engineer for twenty years, and has served on the UE faculty for 21 years. In retirement, Dr. Unger continues to do research and publish technical papers.


  • PhD Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • MS Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • BS Aerospace Engineering, St. Louis University.


  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University.
  • Acting Program Director of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Franklin University
  • Assistant Professor of Engineering Mechanics at The Ohio State University.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota.

Specialty Areas

  • Nonlinear and Environmentally Assisted Fracture Mechanics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Materials

Recent Publications