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.
MechE researchers, led by Associate Professor Evelyn Wang, have developed a solar thermophotovoltaic device that experimentally demonstrates a three-fold increase in energy conversion efficiency.
“Solar vapor generator” uses low-tech materials to capture ambient sunlight and concentrate it as heat. The heat is then directed toward the pores of a sponge producing steam.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.