Mechanics & Materials


The materials and solid mechanics faculty in Mechanical Engineering are a diverse group of experimentalists, theoreticians and computational experts. We work on many cutting-edge problems, as well as some long-standing classical problems, drawn from materials physics (broadly defined), biology and automotive engineering. 


  • Contact mechanics
  • Thermoelasticity
  • Elasticity theory
  • Active materials and composites
  • Fracture and failure mechanisms
  • Computational mechanics
  • Computational mechanics and dynamics
  • Structural design optimization
  • Modeling and simulation of nanostructures
  • Fracture and fatigue of engineering materials
  • Design of batteries

Recent News

'You're missing a trick,' mechanical engineer tells materials scientist.

“We are excited to be a part of the new DOE/NNSA center,” said Misra. “Our goal as materials scientists and engineers is to make a difference in the world and few issues are as important as national security and training the next-generation workforce.” 

Brei presented at the ASME 2018 "Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures & Intelligent Systems" this past September in Texas.

Professor Wei Lu and PhD student Hossein Rokni's research focuses on the nanoscale probing of interaction in atomically thin layered materials.

This award targets university faculty engaged in research in theoretical and applied mechanics that are at the beginning of their academic careers.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of solidification science.