Mechanics and controls
Mechanics researchers apply theoretical, experimental and computational methods to expand our understanding of complex physical phenomenon. Areas of active research include contact mechanics, nonlinear vibrations and system identification, elastic instabilities, micromechanics, wave propagation, adhesion and friction, multi-scale and high-performance computational modeling, multi-physics mechanics and transport, biophysics, nanotechnology and nanomaterials, micro and nano-fluidics, mechanics of soft materials, bio-inspired materials, polymer thin-films, and acoustic/elastic metamaterials. Controls researchers apply sensing and feedback to modify and improve the performance of engineered systems.
Areas of active research incorporate both applied and theoretical methods. Areas of application include control of autonomous systems and cyber-physical systems, feedback control for additive fabrication, flexible sensors, prosthesis and rehabilitation robotics, wearable sensors, haptics, medical robotics, manufacturing and process control, and human-robot collaboration.