• Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986

Research Areas and Descriptors


Dr. Neu began at Tech in 1995 as an Assistant Professor. Prior, he was a Visiting Scientist at U. S. Air Force Research Laboratory.


Dr. Neu's research involves the understanding and prediction of the fatigue behavior of materials and closely related topics. Specifically, he has published in areas involving thermomechanical fatigue, fretting fatigue, creep and environmental effects, viscoplastic deformation and damage development, and related constitutive and finite-element modeling with a particular emphasis on the role of the materials microstructure on the deformation and degradation processes. Professor Neu has investigated a broad range of structural materials including steels, titanium alloys, nickel-base superalloys, metal matrix composites, and solder alloys used in electronic packaging. His research has widespread applications in aerospace, surface transportation, power generation, machinery components, and electronic packaging. His work involves the prediction of the long-term reliability of components focusing on critical locations such as the dovetail connection between the blade and disk in gas turbine engines and solder interconnects in electronic packaging. His research is funded by some of these industries as well as government funding agencies.


  • 6TH International Symposium on Fretting Fatigue Best Paper Award, 2010
  • Sigma Xi (Georgia Tech Chapter) President, 2008-2010
  • TAPPI Engineering Conference Stowe Best Paper Award, 2006
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Orr Best Paper Award, 2006
  • American Society for Testing and Materials
    • Thermomechanical Fatigue Behavior of Materials Symposium, Best Presented Paper Award, 1998
    • E-8 Committee on Fatigue and Fracture Keith J. Miller Young Investigator Award, 1997
  • American Society for Engineering Education Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award, 1998
  • Wright Laboratory Materials Directorate Director's Award, 1995

Representative Publications

  • M. M. Shenoy, A. P. Gordon, D. L. McDowell, and R. W. Neu. 2005. Thermomechanial Fatigue Behavior of a Directionally Solidified Ni-base Superalloy. Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology 127, 325-336.
  • D. R. Swalla, R. W. Neu, and D. L. McDowell. 2004. Microstructural Characterization of Ti-6Al-4V Subjected to Fretting. Journal of Tribology 126, 809-816.
  • C. H. Goh, J. M. Wallace, R. W. Neu, and D. L. McDowell. 2001. Polycrystal Plasticity Simulations of Fretting Fatigue. International Journal of Fatigue 23, Supplement 1, S423- S435.
  • R. W. Neu, D. T. Scott, and M. W. Woodmansee. 2001. Thermomechanical Behavior of 96Sn-4Ag and Castin Alloy. Journal of Electronic Packaging 123, 238-246.
  • R. W. Neu, J. A. Pape, and D. R. Swalla. 2000. Methodologies for Linking Nucleation and Propagation Approaches for Predicting Life under Fretting Fatigue. In Fretting Fatigue: Current Technology and Practices, ASTM STP 1367, W. Hoeppner, et al. (eds.). American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, Penn., 369-388.