Gilles Lubineau, PhD, HDR

Principal Investigator

Professor in Mechanical Engineering


​Dr. Lubineau is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at KAUST. He assumed his duties in July 2009, and has set up the Composite and Heterogeneous Materials Analysis and Simulation Laboratory (COHMAS), an integrated laboratory for controlled composite science, from the process to the characterization, modeling, simulation and the validation.

Research Interests

His current research interest are:
  • Inverse methods for identification of constitutive equations,
  • Composites micro and mesomechanics, damage and fracture mechanics,
  • Multimodelling approaches, computational coupling strategies,
  • Nanoreinforced composites,
  • Experimental techniques for composite identification,
  • Non-local mechanics,
  • Controlled identification based on 3D tomography,
  • Bridging domain techniques.


  • 2008, ​Research Habilitation in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinctions), ENS-Cachan, France
  • 2007-2008, Visiting Researcher, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • 2002, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinctions), École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS-Cachan), Paris VI University, France
  • 1999, “Agrégation” (French High-Level Qualification for Teaching) in Theoretical Mechanics
  • 1998, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinctions), École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS-Cachan), France

Professional Profile

  • 2009-2012, Acting (and founding) Program Chair of KAUST Mechanical Engineering Program
  • 2008-2009, Instructor, Department of Mechanics, Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • 2007-2008, Visiting Researcher (French Ministry of Defense and CNRS), Department of Mechanical Engineering (Host: Prof. Tarek I. Zohdi), UC Berkeley, USA
  • 2006, Delegated Researcher (in partnership with ENS Cachan), EADS (European Agency for Defense and Space) InnovationWork, France
  • 2005-2009, Head of the "Composites, Micro and Nanostructure" research group of LMT-Cachan (ENS Cachan, France)
  • 2003-2009, Assistant Professor, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, LMT-Cachan, France

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Member of AMAC (French Association of Composite Material)
  • AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
  • ASME (American Society Mechanical Engineers)
  • CSMA (Computational Structural Mechanics Association)


  1. ​​Best Poster Award for the work of "Identi cation of a cohesive zone model for the analysis of debonding of Cyclic hygrothermal aging of aircraft lightning protection: study of the metal/epoxy conductive layer", JNC18 - June 2013, Nantes, France.
  2. M. Alfano and G. Lubineau presented within the European Adhesion Conference, September 16-20, 2012, Friedrichshafen, Germany (award sponsored by JOWAT AG, Detmold, Germany).
  3. "Loctite-Henkel Research Award" 2011 was awarded to Dr. Alfano while he was member of my team for our research activity on identi cation of composite joints.
  4. "Daniel Valentin Award" 2004 - The prize is awarded each year to one researcher under the age of 35 by the French Association for Composite Materials (AMAC) to recognize a global, innovative and promising research activity related to composite materials (
  5. "SREE DGA" Award 2008 Awarded to established researchers or engineers for interdisciplinary projects with overseas universities. Awarded for the collaborative developments with UC Berkeley.