Research and teaching in the Mechanics area are focused on enriching the spectrum of models and tools for describing and predicting static and dynamic thermomechanical phenomena. Understanding and optimizing the mechanical and dynamical response of a material system is essential to its ultimate application.
Research Includes: Fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, nonlinear mechanics, computational mechanics, and structural mechanics.
As overpopulation and lack of rainfall fuel a crisis-level need in rural India for affordable drinking water, PhD candidate Natasha Wright and Assistant Professor Amos Winter work to design a low-cost desalination system, guided by insight from their extensive in-the-field research.
Mathias Kolle repurposed a 19th-century photography technique to make stretchy, color-changing films; opening the door to manufacturing of pressure-monitoring bandages, shade-shifting fabrics, or touch-sensing robots.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.