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Mechanical Engineering Research

Melih Eriten and students

Fluid and Solid Mechanics

Mechanics researchers apply theoretical, experimental and computational methods to expand the 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.


Affiliate Faculty

Laboratories and Centers

Bonazza shock tube lab

Riccardo Bonazza

Wisconsin Shock Tube Laboratory WiSTL

Prof. Riccardo Bonazza’s interests are in the experimental investigation of impulsive, unsteady fluid flows such as shock-interface interactions, shock-driven mixing, and shock-initiated combustion.

Curt Bronkhorst

Curt Bronkhorst

Theoretical & Computational Mechanics of Materials Group

The vision for work in Prof. Bronkhorst’s group is to offer a new approach to the study and prediction of multi-physics events taking place within materials exposed to conditions of extreme loading.

Prof Wendy Crone

Wendy Crone

Crone Research Group

Prof. Crone studies biomechanics at the cellular and multicellular scales. Her lab has developed a platform that allows the production of a range of micropatterns on substrates of varying stiffness to study cardiomyocytes (CMs) and skeletal muscle cells differentiated from stem cells.

Melih Eriten WARF innovates project finalist

Melih Eriten

Eriten Research Group

The Eriten Research Group conducts research that involves the study of Contact Mechanics, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Advanced Modeling and Simulations. Laboratory activity focuses on a Multiscale approach involving the following three areas: Materials modeling, Experiments and diagnostics, and System identification and modeling.

Christian Franck

Christian Franck

Franck Lab

The Franck Lab is an experimental mechanics laboratory specializing in the development of new experimental techniques at the micro- and nanoscale. Their goal is to provide unprecedented full-field 3D access to real-time imaging and deformation measurements in complex soft matter and cellular systems.

Jennifer Franck

Jennifer Franck

Computational Flow Physics and Modeling

Prof. Franck’s research group investigates the dynamics and physics of unsteady fluid flows. They utilize and develop various computational techniques, mostly using high-performance computing centers, to simulate complex, three-dimensional, and turbulent flows with applications in aeronautics, propulsion, and renewable wind/tidal energy.

Ying Li

Ying Li

Computational Materials Design Lab

Dr. Li’s current research interests in the Computational Materials Design Lab are: multiscale modeling, computational materials design, mechanics and physics of polymers, and machine learning-accelerated polymer design.

Jacob Notbohm

Notbohm Research Group

The Notbohm Research Group studies mechanics of soft materials. Current areas of interest are in mechanics of fibrous materials, cell-matrix interactions, and collective cell migration. This work draws on the fields of engineering mechanics, soft matter physics, applied math, and cell biology.

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Pavana Prabhakar

Manufacturing and Mechanics Laboratory

Prof. Prabhakar’s group works on unraveling the mechanics of failure in reinforced composites under multi-physics environments, including extreme temperatures, moisture, salinity, and microbes. The aim is to enable damage-tolerant and resilient lightweight structures for sustaining such environmental stressors along with mechanical loadings like dynamic impact and fatigue.

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Shiva Rudraraju

Computational Mechanics and Multiphysics Group

Prof. Rudraraju’s research focuses on the mathematical and computational modeling of emergent phenomena in materials (structural and biological) that are driven by mechanics and multiphysics. Microstructural evolution, patterning processes and bifurcations are of particular interest.

Stephan Rudykh

Stephan Rudykh

Soft Matter Laboratory

Prof. Rudykh’s group focuses on Mechanics and Physics of Soft Materials. Their research bridges the gap between material microstructures and macroscopic properties. They actively utilize design rules observed in nature to develop bio-inspired materials with a large variety of functionalities.

Krishnan Suresh

Krishnan Suresh

Engineering Representations and Simulation Laboratory

The Engineering Representation and Simulation Laboratory (ERSL) research group focuses on large-scale topology optimization, design for additive manufacturing, and high performance finite element analysis (FEA).

Ramathasan Thevamaran

Ramathasan Thevamaran

Thevamaran Lab

Prof. Thevamaran’s laboratory focuses on advancing the fundamental knowledge of process-structure-property-function relations in structured materials and creating innovative structured materials with extreme mechanical properties.