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 and fish scales. • 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 biological and bio-inspired interfaces: Cohesive behavior of proteins involved in blot clotting and in bone toughness. Bioinspired interfaces: polyelectrolytes, chitosan, architectured interfaces.
MCEN 2063 - Mechanics of Solids
Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
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
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.
MCEN 6228 - Special Topics
Subject matter to be selected from topics of current interest. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.