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This morning, our Facilities and Campus Services team was made aware of a pothole that shut down the westbound lanes of Northern Lights Boulevard between UAA Drive and Career Center Drive. It has since been upgraded to a sinkhole, and the lanes will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time while crews repair the damage. We anticipate the closure will extend through the week.

Finals week is a very stressful time for students. Students, please know that your professors have been made aware of the situation. Please communicate with them any delays you may experience due to this issue. We know this is an unexpected traffic challenge. Please take a deep breath. We want you to have a smooth and safe finals week.

nic lobontiu

Nicolae Lobontiu

Mechanical Engineering
ECB 301L


Ph.D. Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 1996

B.S.Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 1985


Nicolae Lobontiu has been with the University of Alaska Anchorage since 2006 and is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering. He was also associated in research/teaching with the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Dynamic Structures and Materials LLC, Vanderbilt University, and Cornell University. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.  Dr. Lobontiu's research interests are related to flexure hinges, compliant mechanisms, vibrations, system dynamics, and micro/nano electromechanical systems

Teaching Responsibilities

Current: ES A210 Engineering Dynamics, ME/EE A306 Dynamics of Systems, ES A331 Mechanics of Materials, ME A408/A608 Mechanical Vibrations, ME A494H Engineering Finite Element Analysis
Past: Advanced Mechanics of Materials, Thermal System Design, Mechanical Design, Measurement and Instrumentation, Automatic Controls

Professional & Department Service

  • Associate Editor, Mechanism and Machine Theory Journal
  • Reviewer of professional journal papers and book manuscripts
  • Member in College/UAA committees for tenure & promotion and curriculum assessment

Research Interests

  • Compliant Mechanisms and Flexure Hinges
  • System Dynamics
  • Micro and Nano Electromechanical Systems
  • Dynamics and Vibrations
  • System Analogies



1. Lobontiu, N., System Dynamics for Engineering Students: Concepts and Applications, Elsevier, 2010.

2. Lobontiu, N., Dynamics of Microelectromechanical Systems, Springer, 2007.

3. Lobontiu, N., Mechanical Microresonators: Modeling, Design, and Applications, McGraw-Hill, 2005.

4. Lobontiu, N. and Garcia, E., Mechanics of Microelectromechanical Systems, Kluwer Academic Press, 2004.

5. Lobontiu, N., Compliant Mechanisms: Design of Flexure Hinges, CRC Press, 2002.

Selected Journal Papers

1.   Lobontiu, N., ‘Modeling and Design of Planar Parallel-Connection Flexible Hinges for In- and Out-of-Plane Mechanism Applications’, Journal of Precision Engineering, Vol. 42, pp. 113-132, 2015.

2.   Noveanu, S., Lobontiu, N., Lazaro, J., Mandru, D., ‘Substructure Compliance Matrix Model of Planar Branched Flexure-Hinge Mechanisms: Design, Testing and Characterization of a Gripper’, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 91, pp. 1-20, 2015.

3.   Lobontiu, N., ‘Planar Flexible Hinges with Curvilinear-Axis Segments for Mechanisms of In-Plane and Out-of-Plane Operation’, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 137(1), pp. 012302-1 – 012302-15, 2015.

4.   Lobontiu, N., ‘Compliance-Based Modeling and Design of Straight-Axis/Circular-Axis Flexible Hinges with Small Out-of-Plane Deformations’, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 80, pp. 166-183, 2014.

5.   Lobontiu, N. ‘Out-of-Plane (Diaphragm) Compliances of Circular-Axis Notch Flexible Hinges with Midpoint Radial Symmetry’, Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines, Volume 42, pp. 517-537, 2014.

6.   Lobontiu, N. ‘Compliance-Based Matrix Method for Modeling the Quasi-Static Response of Planar Serial Flexure-Hinge Mechanisms’, Precision Engineering: Journal of the International Societies for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, Volume 38(3), pp. 639-650, 2014.

7.   Lobontiu, N., Cullin, M., Petersen, T., Alcazar, J., and Noveanu, S., 'Planar Compliances of Symmetric Notch Flexure Hinges: the Right Circularly Corner-Filleted Parabolic Design', IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Volume 11(1), pp. 169-176, 2014.

8.   Lobontiu, N. and Cullin, M., ‘In-Plane Elastic Response of Two-Segment Circular-Axis Symmetric Notch Flexure Hinges: the Right Circular Design’, Precision Engineering: Journal of the International Societies for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, Volume 37, pp. 542-555, 2013.

9.   Lobontiu, N., Cullin, M., Ali, M., and Hoffman, J., 'Planar Compliances of Thin Circular-Axis Notch Flexure Hinges with Midpoint Radial Symmetry', Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines, Volume 41(2), pp. 1-20, 2013.

10.Lobontiu, N., 'Symmetry-Based Compliance Model of Multisegment Notch Flexure Hinges',Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines, Volume 40(2), pp. 185-205, 2012.

11.Lobontiu, N., 'Bending Compliances of Generalized Symmetric Notch Flexure Hinges', Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 83(1), pp. 016107-1 −016107-3, 2012.

12.Lobontiu, N., Cullin, M., Ali, M., and McFerran-Brock, J., ‘A Generalized Analytical Compliance  Model for Transversely Symmetric Three-Segment Flexure Hinges’, Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 82 (10), pp. 105116-105124, 2011. 

Career History/Work Experience

2006 – present, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, College of Engineering, Associate Professor (2006 − 2010), Professor (2010 − )

2002 – 2004, Cornell University, Ithaca (NY), Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Research Scientist

2004 – 2006, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Department of Strength of Materials, Associate Professor

1999 – 2002, Dynamic Structures and Materials Corporation, Franklin (TN), Research Engineer

1997 – 1999, Vanderbilt University, Nashville (TN), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Postdoctoral Associate

1990 – 1997, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Department of Strength of Materials, Assistant Professor (1990-1994), Associate Professor (1994-1997)

1987 – 1990, Center for Laboratory Equipment Research and Development, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, R&D Mechanical Engineer

1985 – 1987, Center for Research and Engineering Technology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, R&D Mechanical Engineer