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

Yue Fan's paper entitled, "Atomistic Mechanism and Probability Determination of the Cutting of GP Zones by Edge
Dislocations in Dilute Al-Cu Alloys," published in the Physical Review Materials. 

This endowment gift is awarded annually by the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair.

Tim Manganello/BorgWarner Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Ellen Arruda, has received the 2019 ASME Nadai Medal.

'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.