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.

Emphasis is placed on the understanding and prediction of deformation, fracture and fatigue behavior of material and structural systems.

Topology optimization and material design are also a highly visible part of the MoM focus. In addition, faculty and their groups are working on emerging fields like architected materials and DNA nanotechnology.

  • Government Collaborators and Sponsors
  • Government Collaborators and Sponsors
  • Industry Collaborators and Sponsors

The MoM program reaches well beyond traditional civil engineering thrusts and has students, post-doctoral researchaer and collaborators representing many interdisciplinary fields. . Faculty members are involved in cutting-edge, sponsored research of significant interest to the aerospace, automotive, defense, manufacturing, materials, biomedical and electronics industry. Students come from a variety of disciplines including Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, among others. The mission of the MoM program is to provide students with a state-of-art education and visionary research opportunities that will drive the future of multi-disciplinary engineering and partnerships between academia, industry, and government.


  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Multi-Scale Modeling of Heterogeneous Materials and Structures
  • Fatigue and Failure Modeling of Composites and Metals
  • Computational Nanotechnology: Polymeric Materials, Thin Films, and Nano-composites
  • Multi-Physics-Multi-Scale Modeling
  • Metal Forming and Materials Processing Simulation and Design
  • Mechanics of Biomaterials
  • Mechanics of Architected Materials
  • Probabilistic Characterization and Simulation of Material Structure for Extreme Properties and Life
  • Shock Formation and Impact Dynamics
  • Stochastic Modeling of Structures with Random Microstructure
  • Structural DNA Nanotechnology
  • Topology Optimization and Materials Design


Graduate students interested in the Mechanics of Materials Program area should express this interest in their application, and they should be interested in working with one of the MoM faculty program.

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