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Engineering Mechanics


Administrative Unit:Engineering Physics
College/School: College of Engineering
Admitting Plans:M.S., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.S./M.Engr., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Ph.D. Minor

Faculty: Professors Blanchard (chair),  Bisognano, Bonazza, Drugan, Fonck, Hegna, Henderson, Hershkowitz, Kammer, Kulcinski, Lakes, Moses, Pfotenhauer, Plesha, Smith, Waleffe; Associate Professors Crone, Sovinec, Witt; Assistant Professors M. Allen, T. Allen, Wilson; Affiliate Professors Bier, Deluca, Mackie, Thomadsen, Vanderby

Overview

The master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in engineering mechanics are offered within a graduate program covering contemporary areas in both theoretical and applied mechanics. With the guidance of a major professor, a program can be designed to meet an individual student's needs and interests.

The program is broadly structured into several main areas of instruction and research interests in mechanics of materials and astronautics: continuum mechanics, computational mechanics, dynamics and vibration, experimental fluid mechanics, nanomechanics, solid mechanics, and biomechanics. Related fields in which minor work may be done include civil and environmental engineering, chemical and biological engineering, electrical and computer engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering and engineering physics, physics, geological engineering and geology, mathematics, statistics, and computer science.

Current faculty research interests include adhesive-bonded joints; composites; failure criteria; analytical and computational solid mechanics; analytical and computational dynamics; multibody dynamics; analytical and computational active and passive space-structure control systems; dynamic stability; nonlinear fracture mechanics of traditional and advanced materials; continuum mechanics; modal analysis; nanomechanics and nanotribology; fluid-structure interaction; non-Newtonian fluid flow; structural mechanics; viscoelasticity; viscoplasticity; and biomechanics.

Laboratories are well equipped for experimental testing and research; these include holography, Moire, and other optical methods for experimental mechanics research. In addition, a scanning probe microscopy laboratory for nanomechanics research is being developed. The department has access to college-wide facilities. The Wisconsin Laboratory for Structures and Materials Testing has facilities for testing large structures, fatigue and vibration labs, and complements the department's laboratories. The Wisconsin Center for Space Automation and Robotics is a valuable resource for development of space-related structures and designs. The Materials Science Center provides state-of-the-art instrumentation, support facilities, and expert technical assistance for research and education in materials. Its facilities include scanning and transmission electron microscopes, image processing and analysis systems, surface and thin film characterization facilities, and x-ray diffraction facilities.

For more information: Department of Engineering Physics, 153 Engineering Research Building, 1500 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1609; 608-263-7038; fax 608-263-7451; ep@engr.wisc.edu; www.engr.wisc.edu/ep.