Senior Lecturer

Dr. Ballard received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. He then went on to earn his masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University, where he did research on the nonlinear dynamics of ocean buoys with energy harvesting applications. After two years doing postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame on origami-inspired shelters, he began teaching at the University of Vermont in 2015.


  1. Ballard, Gerbo, Thrall and Smith: Behavior of Sandwich Panels in a Deployable Structure - Journal of Structural Engineeering 142 (10) 2016
  2. Ballard, Thrall and Smith: Behavior of Folding Sandwich Panel Structures: Impact of Ground Conditions, Anchorage, and Panel Warping - Construction and Building Materials 112 2016
  3. Ballard, Thrall, Smith and Casias: Impact of Hinged Connectors on Sandwich Panel Behavior - Journal of Structural Engineering 142 (3) 2015
  4. Ballard, Mann: Two-Dimensional Nonlinear Analysis of an Untethered Spherical Buoy due to Wave Loading - Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics 8 (4) 2013
Senior Lecturer Zach Ballard

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Dynamics, renewable energy, solid mechanics, computational solid mechanics, finite element analysis, numerical simulation


  • Ph.D. - Duke University 2013
  • M.S. - Duke University 2011
  • B.S. - The University of Texas at Austin 2009


  • 802-656-3342
Office Location:

Votey 201A

Office Hours:

M 9:30-11:30, W 1:00-3:00

Courses Taught

  • ME 1120 - Dynamics
  • ME 1140 - Mechanics of Solids
  • ME 1210 - Thermodynamics
  • ME 2120 - System Dynamics
  • ME 2240 - Materials and Mechanics Lab
  • ME 3360 - Renewable Energy Harvesting
  • ME 3590 - Computational Solid Mechanics