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.
A “failed experiment” became a life-saving discovery by MIT Professor Ioannis V. Yannas and his colleague Dr. John Burke when their search for a better way to treat severe burn victims led to the discovery of organ regeneration.
MIT engineers, including Professor John Hart have designed a food sensor from an array of silk microneedles that pierces through plastic packaging to sample food for signs of spoilage and bacterial contamination.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.