Our research

We're active in a wide range of research areas and have expertise in theoretical, computational and experimental research. 

Department research

Departmental research is sponsored by a variety of government agencies and companies, and spans many areas of mechanical engineering and science, including solid mechanics, materials, structures, advanced manufacturing, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, nuclear and renewable energy, dynamics, robotics, and controls.

Current research interests of our faculty include:

  • Smart, active, and soft materials: sensing and actuation, stimuli-responsive shape-programmable matter, artificial muscles, biomimetic and soft robotics
  • Advanced manufacturing and materials processing: 3D printing and bioprinting, laser processing, composite materials and structures, tribology and surface science, micro-/nanomanufacturing
  • Micro-/nanoscale transport, energy conversion and storage
  • Theoretical and computational mechanics: micromechanics, multi-scale modeling of material electrical, chemical, thermal, and mechanical properties, continuum mechanics
  • Experimental mechanics: in situ microscale mechanical testing, plasticity and fatigue of high-strength, light-weight alloys
  • Elasticity, dynamics, and control of structures: fluid-structure interaction, atomic force microscopy
  • Data-driven and nonlinear control, bioinspired sensory integration
  • Advanced multi-phase turbomachinery
  • Rarefied gas, large fire, and augmented heat transfer, porous media heat and mass transfer 
  • Nuclear packaging safety

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