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Dr Louise Olsen-Kettle

PhD in theoretical physics and chemistry, The University of Queensland, Australia; Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), The University of Queensland, Australia; Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics), The University of Queensland, Australia


Louise is currently a Vice Chancellor’s Women in STEM fellow in mathematics at Swinburne University of Technology. Her research is in building mathematical and computational models of damage to provide new understanding in forecasting risk and damage in a range of novel materials and resources. Her research is transferable across many industry sectors including composites, manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, and mining. Her major research interests include materials modelling of damage, failure and fracture, and earthquake rupture dynamics. She specialises in large scale numerical simulations of nonlinear partial differential equations.  Louise has a PhD in theoretical and computational physics & chemistry, and has postdoctoral research experience at National Taiwan University and the University of Queensland. She was an ARC Discovery Early Career Research fellow until 2019.  She currently volunteers in the CSIRO STEM professionals in school and the AMSI ChooseMaths mentoring programs.

Research interests

Geotechnical Engineering

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

PhD topics and outlines

Applied mathematics and computational mechanics: We are seeking postgraduate students interested in applied mathematics, computational mechanics, continuum and materials modelling, or damage and solid mechanics. Applications of research include hydraulic fracturing, unconventional reservoir modelling, damage modelling and failure in sedimentary rocks, composite materials and concrete.

Summer research project - Mathematical modelling of batteries: This project will develop models of batteries where porous electrodes are used to increase capacity. Electrochemical reactions involve a change in state which are not easily modelled using conventional methods. The aim is to develop a mathematical model that accounts for the change in electrode geometry and porosity due to electrochemical reactions to help optimise battery design.

Fields of Research

  • Theoretical And Applied Mechanics - 490109
  • Civil Geotechnical Engineering - 400502
  • Numerical Solution Of Differential And Integral Equations - 490303

Teaching areas

Mathematical modelling


Also published as: Olsen-Kettle, Louise; Olsen-Kettle, L.; Olsen-Kettle, L. M.; Olsen-Kettle, Louise Marie
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: 3D Printed Composites under Extreme Conditions: Experiment and Simulation *; Defence Science Institute
  • 2014: Quantifying the risk of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing in coal seam gas operations in Australia. *; ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

* Chief Investigator

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