Mechanics of Materials

The Mechanics of Materials (MoM) program provides a comprehensive research and educational platform in computational and experimental modeling and design of materials and structures. We collaborate with government and industry partners on research that spans multiple scales and includes everything from codes used to design aircraft engines to machine learning.

Multi-scale, multi-physics and probabilistic modeling of materials and structures form the basis of this concentration area and bridge the gap between fundamental sciences and engineering applications. Learn More >



Our Structures program faculty have a deep affinity for the physical pieces that collectively form the built environment. Like the rest of civil engineering, mechanics is at the core of this research.

The Structures program also spans outside of the built environment to problems and challenges that benefit from the perspective or knowledge-base of structural engineering. Collaborations are particularly common when working across a variety of scales.

The program’s key strengths include Earthquake Engineering, Stochastic Mechanics and Structural Reliability, Optimization of Design Structures, and Cold-Formed Steel Structures. Learn More >



Modern societal problems require the development of a new scientific way to analyze and address them – one that focuses on the connections between different systems as opposed to the broad buckets into which traditional disciplines dump problems.

Our research is focused on the areas of Energy, Health, and Transportation, and is upheld by our modeling toolkit. Inspired by optimization — the math of decisions – the toolkit integrates computation, data, and physical science, along with their context in human society, in order to support system function and make our lives safer.

Students use modeling and simulation to study the performance of such complex systems and calculate the effect of changes. Learn More >


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