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.
Alum Itai Stein SM '13 PhD '16 and a group of researchers at MIT have found that carbon nanotubes lower the transformation temperature of glassy carbon - which could be used in manufacturing.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.