Research Areas

Mechanical engineers and materials scientists will address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century: providing a plentiful supply of clean energy; ensuring high-quality, affordable health care; and maintaining the security of nations and communities. The principles of mechanics are embedded in each of these challenges, determining the behavior of man-made and natural systems as diverse as wind turbines, crawling cells and fighter jets. New materials — nanostructured, multifunctional, energy-harvesting, light, strong and environmentally friendly — will disrupt the way these systems are designed and made.

Biomechanics & Biotechnology

  • Subcellular & cellular mechanics
  • Tissue biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Medical devices
  • Mechanobiology

Energy & Sustainability

  • Renewable energy
  • Efficient vehicles & buildings
  • Sustainable materials & devices
  • Energy harvesting
  • Energy conversion & storage
  • Energy efficiency in electronics cooling
  • Thermal-fluids in the water-energy nexus
  • Thermochemical energy storage

Advanced Materials

  • Nanostructured materials
  • High-temperature alloys
  • Polymers & nanocomposites
  • Biomaterials
  • Adaptive multifunctional materials
  • Organic/inorganice hybrid materials

Aerospace Systems

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Flow physics & flow control
  • Rotocraft modeling & analysis
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Design & optimization