Solid and Applied Mechanics
The solid and applied mechanics group covers the design and analysis of structures, from the very large to the very small. This spans modeling, dynamic analysis, control, and failure analysis of complex mechanical systems including aircraft and vehicle structures, to developing an understanding of how cells interact with their mechanical surroundings. To achieve this, the group develops and implements novel techniques to model the dynamic response of structures, to control complex and flexible structures, to propagate uncertainty from material properties to structural response, and to infer the mechanical properties of materials from measuring their response. These techniques find applications in structural and earthquake engineering, aerospace and automobile industries, modern manufacturing precesses, understanding the dynamics of human motion, understanding the interplay between biology and mechanics, and utilizing this interplay to detect and diagnose ailments like atherosclerosis and cancer.