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.
Pedro Reis' work focuses on the mechanics of large deformations of thin structures, towards devising novel functionalities over a wide range of length scales, from the very small to the very large.
A technique developed by Assistant Professor Irmgard Bischofberger could help improve design of soft materials like toothpaste, hand lotion, or yogurt to withstand jostling during transport or settling due to gravity
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.