Materials and Structures Research

Materials and Structures promotes research addressing fundamental and applied issues in the broad field of mechanics of solids. This field is playing an increasingly important role in areas such as additive manufacturing, fiber-reinforced composite materials and materials science. The backgrounds and expertise of the faculty merge the focus on theoretical, experimental, and numerical simulation approaches necessary to solve mechanical behavior of materials and structures at multi-scale levels.

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K. Chandrashekhara

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Composite materials, smart structures, nanocomposites, biocomposites, structural dynamics, finite element analysis, damage monitoring, composite manufacturing and experimental characterization.

Lokeswarappa Dharani

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Aircraft structures, fracture mechanics, fatigue and failure analysis; micromechanics; composite materials and structures; process modeling of ceramic matrix composites; friction and wear of composites; and fracture of laminated glazing.

Ashok Midha

Professor/Director of Product Innovation and Creativity Center

Research Interests

Mechanical design, rigid-body and compliant mechanism design, high-performance machinery analysis and design, machine vibration and stability.

J. Keith Nisbett

Associate Professor/Associate Chair of Undergraduate Affairs

Research Interests

Kinematics, mechanical design and synthesis of mechanisms.

Jonghyun Park

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Advanced li-ion battery, beyond li-ion battery, energy storage system, renewable energy system, grid energy storage, nano, macro-mechanics of materials, self-assembly of nanoparticles, nanostructure, multiphysics, multiscale experiment and simulation.

Daniel Stutts

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Dynamics, vibrations, modeling and development of piezoactuators and transducers-mechatronics, mechanics of bone, design of orthopedic implants, structural dynamics, optimal design and acoustics.

Xiaodong Yang

Associate Professor/ Associate Chair of Graduate Affairs

Research Interests

Optical materials and devices in nanophotonics and plasmonics; Physics and applications of optical metamaterials; Nanoscale optomechanics, optical nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS); Integrated optofluidic devices and optical sensors; Photon management for solar/thermal energy harvesting; Optical device micro-/nano-fabrication.