Educational Background

  • B.S., Stanford University
  • M.S., Stanford University
  • Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interests

  • Mechanical behavior
  • Experimental measurements of avalanche behavior in solids
  • Bulk metallic glasses
  • Nanoindentation


  • Science of Materials (ENGR 240)
  • Mechanics I (MECH 220)
  • Solid Mechanics Laboratory (MECH 353L)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, ASM International (2016)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2010)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2005)
  • Stanford University's Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching (2003)

Selected Publications

D.R. Askeland and W.J. Wright, Essential of Materials Science and Engineering, Fourth Edition, Cengage Learning, 2018.

D.V. Denisov, K.A. Lörìncz, W.J. Wright, T.C. Hufnagel, A. Nawano, X.J. Gu, J.T. Uhl, K.A. Dahmen, and P. Schall. "Universal Slip Dynamics in Metallic Glasses and Granular Matter -Linking Frictional Weakening with Inertial Effects." Scientific Reports, Volume 7, 43376, 2017.

M. LeBlanc, A. Nawano, W.J. Wright, X.J. Gu, J.T. Uhl, and K.A. Dahmen. "Avalanche Statistics from Data with Low Time Resolution." Physical Review E, Volume 94, 051235, 2016.   W.J. Wright, Y. Liu, X.J. Gu, K.D. Van Ness*, S.L. Robare*, X. Liu, J. Antonaglia, M. LeBlanc, J.T. Uhl, T.C. Hufnagel, and K.A. Dahmen. "Experimental Evidence for Both Progressive and Simultaneous Shear During Quasistatic Compression of a Bulk Metallic Glass." Journal of Applied Physics, Volume 119, 084908, 2016. 

J.T. Uhl, S. Pathak, D. Schorlemmer, X. Liu, R. Swindeman, B.A.W. Brinkman, M. LeBlanc, G. Tsekenis, N. Friedman, R. Behringer, D. Denisov, P. Schall, X.J. Gu, W.J. Wright, T.C. Hufnagel, A. Jennings, J.R. Greer, P.K. Liaw, T. Becker, Y. Ben-Zion, G. Dresen, and K.A. Dahmen, "Universal Slip Statistics: From Nanocrystals to Earthquakes," Scientific Reports, 5, 16493 2015. 

D.R. Askeland and W.J. Wright, The Science and Engineering of Materials, Seventh Edition, Cengage Learning, 2015.

S.K. Slaughter, F. Kertis, E. Deda, X.J. Gu, W.J. Wright, and T.C. Hufnagel, "Shear bands in metallic glasses are not necessarily hot." APL Materials, 2, 096110, 2014.

J. Antonaglia, W.J. Wright, X.J. Gu, R.R. Byer, T.C. Hufnagel, M. LeBlanc, J.T. Uhl, and K.A. Dahmen, "Bulk Metallic Glasses Deform Via Slip Avalanches." Physical Review Letters, 112, 155501, 2014.

W.J. Wright, R.R. Byer, and X.J. Gu. “High-speed Imaging of a Bulk Metallic Glass During Uniaxial Compression.” Applied Physics Letters, Volume 102, 241920, 2013.

A. Bharathula, S-W. Lee, W.J. Wright, and K.M. Flores. "Compression Testing of Metallic Glass at Small Length Scales: Effects on Deformation Mode and Stability." Acta Materialia, Volume 58, pp. 5789-5796, 2010.

W.J. Wright, M.W. Samale, T.C. Hufnagel, M.M. LeBlanc, and J.N. Florando. "Determination of Shear Band Velocity Using Spatially and Temporally Resolved Measurements of Strain During Quasistatic Compression of a Bulk Metallic Glass." Acta Materialia, Volume 57, pp. 4639-4648, 2009.

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W.J. Wright and W.D. Nix, "Storage and Loss Stiffnesses and Moduli as Determined by Dynamic Nanoindentation." Journal of Materials Research, Volume 24, Number 3, pp. 863-871, 2009.

W.J. Wright, A.R. Maloney, and W.D. Nix. "An Improved Analysis for Viscoelastic Damping in Dynamic Nanoindentation." International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering, Volume 1, Numbers 2/3, pp. 274-292, 2007.

W.J. Wright, T.C. Hufnagel, and W.D. Nix. "Free Volume Coalescence and Void Formation in Shear Bands in Metallic Glass." Journal of Applied Physics, Volume 93, Number 3, pp. 1432-1437, 2003.

W.J. Wright, R. Saha, and W.D. Nix. "Deformation Mechanisms of the Zr40Ti14Ni10Cu12Be24 Bulk Metallic Glass." Materials Transactions, JIM, Volume 42, Number 4, pp. 642-649, 2001.

W.J. Wright, R.B. Schwarz, and W.D. Nix. "Localized Heating During Serrated Plastic Flow in Bulk Metallic Glasses." Materials Science and Engineering A, Volume 319-321, pp. 229-232, 2001.


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