Nikolaos Vasios, Ph.D.


Dr. Nikolaos Vasios is an Engineer at Veryst Engineering.  Dr. Vasios has expertise in the numerical modeling and finite element analysis of nonlinear solids and structures, with a specific focus on metamaterials and soft robotic applications.  His research, primarily driven by computational tools, combines numerical methods, analytical solutions, and experiments for the inverse design and optimization of diverse products, including mechanical metamaterials and soft robots.  Dr. Vasios has extensive finite element analysis experience and was one of the first worldwide recipients of the Abaqus Structural Analysis Associate certification by Dassault Systèmes.  His experience includes structural evaluation of pressure vessels for the oil and gas industry and defect sensitivity of CFRP composite panels for the aviation industry.  His work can be applied to provide solutions to problems in infrastructure, consumer products, medical devices, aviation, and the automotive industry.


Ph.D., Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering, Harvard University, 2020

M.Sc., Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering, Harvard University, 2017

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Thessaly, Greece, 2015

Selected Publications

“Universally bistable shells with nonzero Gaussian curvature for two-way transition waves,” Nature Communications, 12695, 2021 (with B. Deng, B. Gorissen and K. Bertoldi).

“Inflatable soft jumper inspired by shell snapping,” Science Robotics, Vol. 5, 2020 (with B. Gorissen, D. Melancon, M. Torbati and K. Bertoldi).

“Reconfigurable soft body trajectories using unidirectionally stretchable composite laminae,” Nature Communications, Vol. 10, 2019 (with S. Kim, R. Baines, J. Booth, K. Bertoldi and R. Kramer-Bottiglio).

“Harnessing viscous flow to simplify the actuation of fluidic soft robots,” Soft Robotics, Vol. 7, pp. 1-9, 2019 (with A. Gross, S. Soifer, J. Overvelde and K. Bertoldi).

“Numerical analysis of periodic laminar and fibrous media undergoing a jamming transition,” European Journal of Mechanics – A/Solids, Vol. 75, pp. 322-329, 2019 (with Y. Narang, B. Aktas, R. Howe and K. Bertoldi).

“Origami metamaterials for tunable thermal expansion,” Advanced Materials, Vol. 29, 2017 (with E. Boatti and K. Bertoldi).


Simulia Abaqus Structural Analysis Associate Certification, awarded by Dassault Systèmes, 2018.

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