Dr. Vernerey's research focuses on understanding the mechanics of engineering and biological materials , their adaptation and structural evolution in response to external stimuli. In this perspective, the research concentrates on elucidating the interplay between mechanics, chemistry and transport phenomena at various fundamental length-scale of materials’ microstructures. Applications are in the bioinpired materials design, tissue engineering and computational medicine. Specific research focus is on: (a) Multiscale modeling of porous media to understand the relationship between deformation and transport in hydrated media such as hydrogels and biological tissues, (b) Development of active soft matter systems inspired by biological systems and (c) Multiphysics modeling of contractile cells to elucidate the molecular mechanisms responsible for mechano-sensitive force generation tissue.
Theoretical and computational mechanics of soft matter, mechanics and transport in soft materials, motion and migration of soft colloids in porous media, cell mechanics, multiscale modeling
MCEN 2043 - Dynamics
Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Covers dynamic behavior of particle systems and rigid bodies; 2-D and 3-D kinematics and kinetics; impulse, momentum, potential, and kinetic energy; and work, collision, and vibration.
MCEN 2063 - Mechanics of Solids
Covers shear force and bending moment, torsion, stresses in beams, deflection of beams, matrix analysis of frame structures, analysis of stress and strain in 2-D and 3-D (field equations, transformations), energy methods, stress concentrations and columns. Degree credit not granted for this course and CVEN 3161.
MCEN 4228 - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
Subject matter to be selected from topics of current interest. May be repeated up to 15 credit hours. Same as MCEN 5228.