Mechanics is a comprehensive discipline that explores the principles governing forces, stresses, deformation, and motion in relation to engineering structures. By providing a robust mathematical framework, mechanics enables the analysis and prediction of object motion and equilibrium, encompassing a wide range of scales—from macroscopic bodies like planets and vehicles to the intricate realm of microscopic particles, including atoms and subatomic particles.
Engineering advancements aimed at understanding the mechanics and physics of natural phenomena contribute to our deeper understanding of the planet and the environment while also presenting opportunities for rapid innovation in manufacturing processes. Within our faculty, synergistic innovations in material and mechanical theory, coupled with novel computational and experimental characterization approaches, drive interdisciplinary research. Our work spans various areas, including the rapid progress in cold spray deposition technology, the exploration of non-trivial shock and wave phenomena arising from high-velocity contact between bodies, and the investigation of micro-mechanical responses resulting from non-equilibrium material mechanics. This research is predominantly supported by the Department of Defense and the industry, enabling us to make impactful contributions to the field.
Within the MIE department at Northeastern, we have a strong, talented group of researchers dedicated to Mechanics.