I lead the Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Bioinspiration, which focuses on 1) the study of the structure and mechanics of natural materials, and 2) the design, fabrication and testing of bio-inspired structural and multifunctional materials. Representative projects: • Mechanics of deformation and fracture in biological materials: Structure-mechanics-performance-function relationships in high-performance natural materials such as bone, teeth, structural proteins, seashells, fish scales and fish fins. • Design, fabrication and testing of novel bioinspired materials: New bio-inspired microstructures and innovative fabrication methods including three-dimensional laser engraving, 3D printing. Applications in bioengineering, aerospace, construction, electronics. • Mechanics of engineered granular materials: materials and structured made of grains with engineered shapes and arrangement to achieve high strength and infinite recyclability
MCEN 2063 - Mechanics of Solids
Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
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 5023 - Solid Mechanics 1
Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
Introduces stress, strain and motion of a continuous system. Discusses material derivative; fundamental laws of mass, momentum, energy and entropy; constitutive equations and applications to elasticand plastic materials. Degree credit not granted for this course and ASEN 5012.