Research and teaching in the Mechanics area are focused on enriching the spectrum of models and tools for describing and predicting static and dynamic thermomechanical phenomena. Understanding and optimizing the mechanical and dynamical response of a material system is essential to its ultimate application.
Research Includes: Fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, nonlinear mechanics, computational mechanics, and structural mechanics.
MIT graduate student Katy Olesnavage redesigns the Jaipur Foot to create a high-value prosthesis at a low cost for those in need in developing countries.
A team led by Kripa Varanasi has found that they can control the adhesion of a droplet freezing on a surface such as an airplane wing or power line by altering that surface's thermal properties.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.