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

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.

“The ability to use tried and true metal forming processes such as stamping on new composite materials, especially green composites, has the potential to speed the adoption of lightweight materials in automotive and other applications,” said Banu.

The paper is titled "Mechanosensitive subcellular rheostasis drives emergent single-cell mechanical homeostasis"

PhD student Jin Lee is making artificial platelets to aid the body's natural mechanisms to stop blood loss

This prestigious honor recognizes his seminal research contributions in fracture mechanics of films, coatings and interfaces.