Mechanics and Materials Science

Mechanics and materials science research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science focuses on the following areas:

  • Continuum mechanics
  • Elasticity
  • Tissue biomechanics
  • Nonlinear finite element analysis
  • Computational mechanics

Opportunities for Graduate Study

The department offers an M.S./Ph.D. study track in mechanical engineering with a core in mechanics and materials science that encompasses elasticity, plasticity, continuum mechanics, tissue biomechanics, and nonlinear finite element analysis.

The department also offers a program of study towards the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) in Mechanical Engineering. This 30-credit degree program includes course work towards departmental requirements, an area of specialization, business and management fundamentals, and an internship or applied research experience. Students have the flexibility to focus on topics of biomechanics, computational mechanicsl dynamics and vibration mechanics relevant to career preparation for the aerospace industrial sector.

Faculty

Professor with Tenure in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
A wide variety of areas in materials science, including crystal growth, mechanical properties of kidney stones, lunar science, diffraction optics, materials for radiation detection, and radiation shielding.
Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Bass Fellow
Modeling quasi-static and dynamic fracture of structural components, the evolution of interfaces with nonlinear constitutive laws, and developing models for stimulus-responsive hydrogels
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jeffrey T. Glass is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is the Director of the Pratt School?s Master of Engineering Management Program at Duke University. He also holds the Hogg Family endowed chair in Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship. Formerly, he...
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Hydroelastic modeling of deformable structures, transport in thermal and chemical systems, experimental and computational fluid dynamics, nonlinear and complex systems, heat and mass transport in biological systems, stability of fluid motions, machine learning, data mining, econophysics, reduced...
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
mechanics of materials, theoretical soil mechanics, rock mechanics, and environmental geomechanics, theory of plasticity
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and dynamics
Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Jeffrey N. Vinik Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Nonlinear dynamics and vibration utilizing analytical, numerical, and experimental techniques. Fundamental investigations of phenomenon and application areas where dynamical systems theory plays an important role.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
The invention of the atomic force microscope (AFM) in 1986 by Binnig, Quate and Gerber (Phys. Rev. Lett. 56, 930) started a revolution in many branches of science by realizing an unprecedented possibility to visualize and manipulate individual molecules under ambient conditions including water,...
Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Professor with Tenure in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Dr. Needham's research program combines the fields of Materials Science with Colloid and Surface Chemistry focusing on "Biological and other Soft Wet Materials". The program is in the general area of forming, coating and encapsulation of solid, liquid and gaseous particles in the colloidal size...
Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Finite element methods, computational fluid and solid mechanics, multiphase porous media flows, computational methods for fluid and solid materials under extreme load conditions, turbulent flow computations, instability phenomena.
Gendell Family Associate Professor of the Practice
Assistant Research Professor
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Impurity diffusion mechanisms and point defects in silicon and III-V compounds; line defects; precipitation and gettering; kinetic processes of defect evolution; x-ray scattering and electron microscopy; crystal growth in nano-scale
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Professor Virgin's research is centered on studying the behavior of nonlinear dynamical systems. This work may be broadly divided into two components. First, investigation of the fundamental nature of nonlinear systems based on a mathematical description of their underlying equations of motion....
Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering
West's research in biomaterials, nanotechnology and tissue engineering involves the synthesis, development, and application of novel biofunctional materials, and the use of biomaterials and engineering approaches to study biological problems.
Professor in the Department of Mathematics
My primary area of expertise is the solution of nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations via perturbation methods. Using asymptotics along with a mixture of other applied mathematical techniques in analysis and scientific computing I study a broad range of applications in physical...
Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Theoretical and Experimental studies on concentration gradients arising in ionic fluids and magnetic liquids.
Sternberg Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Nano-mechanical and nano-tribological characterization (elasticity, friction, adhesion) of materials including organic thin films; self-assembled monolayers, polymeric gels, and cellulosics; Fabrication of polymeric nanostructures by scanning probe lithography; Colloidal probe and atomic force...
Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Dr Zhao's long-term research mission is to understand the fundamental mechanics and physics of materials and phenomena emerging on the interface between engineering and biological systems and to design new materials and structures capable of extraordinary applications in diverse technologies. Dr...
Anderson-Rupp Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Ultrasound-targeted gene delivery and activation; Synergistic combination of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and immunotherapy for cancer treatment; Innovations in shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) technology; and Mechanics and bioeffects of acoustic cavitation.