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Solids & Structures

The Solids and Structures group employs experimental, analytical, and computational techniques to study the behavior of conventional and advanced materials (including biological) at the nano-, micro-, and macroscales. Experimental facilities include a new dynamic testing lab equipped with state-of-the-art data acquisition systems. Current research focuses on topology and rate effects in cellular solids, thermomechanical coupling in high-rate deformation processes, micromechanics of composites, modeling of nanoscale composite structures subjected to thermal cycling, and biomechanics.

Michael R. Gosz
Vice President for Enrollment, Illinois Institute of Technology; Associate Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Expertise: Computational solid mechanics, finite element method

Kevin P. Meade
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Expertise: Orthopaedic biomechanics, elasticity, fracture mechanics

Sudhakar E. Nair
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Professor of Applied Mathematics
Expertise: Analysis of elastic and inelastic structures, micro-mechanics of composites, wave propagation in anisotropic materials, moving boundary problems of the Stefan type, dynamics of cables

Ankit Srivastava
Associate Professor of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
Expertise: Wave propagation, micromechanics and homogenization, deep learning and data-driven mechanics, optimization and inverse problems

Murat Vural
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Expertise: Experimental solid mechanics, dynamic response and constitutive modeling of materials, mechanics of cellular solids