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Teaching and research in the Mechanics and Computation Group is devoted to the study of a broad range of mechanical phenomena in solids and structures that make up biological tissue and complex materials under the actions of mechanical, thermal, chemical and electrical loads. The goals of these efforts are to discover new scientific knowledge relevant to the engineering problems of the future, to create technological developments in a broad range of industries, to improve health in society, and to contribute to national security and defense.

Much of the research conducted within the Group is interdisciplinary in nature, reflecting a combination of concepts, methods, and principles that often span several areas of mechanics, mathematics, computer science, materials science, and biology. Our approach often combines experimental studies with theoretical modeling and numerical simulations to create tools that both explain phenomena and predict behavior, and that are and may be used in advancing new concepts and designs.

Our teaching encompasses computational mechanics, advanced classes on numerical methods, the physics and mechanics of solids at different scales (continuum, micro and nano), experimental methods, and advanced microscopy and characterization.

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