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.
PhD candidate Thomas Ober discusses his thesis research: the development of a basic tool set and framework for using microfluidic devices to characterize viscoelastic liquids at large deformation rates.
A method developed by Professor Gareth McKinley utilizes an echolocation-technique to quickly characterize any soft, rapidly changing substance, such as clotting blood or drying cement.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.