Mechanics, Materials and Structures

Professor Claire White prepares a sample in her lab.

Above: Professor Claire White works at the bench in her lab, where she and her students investigate advanced cements for greater long-term sustainability.


Civil engineers lead design innovations for buildings, bridges and roads, which are critical elements of human settlements. Research discoveries in mechanics, materials and structures lay the foundations for innovation in infrastructure and the built environment.

Faculty in this department focus on structural optimization techniques; smart, kinetic, deployable structures; energy-efficient architecture; structural health monitoring; sustainable engineering materials; materials for CO2 capture; architected materials and additive manufacturing; and 3D printing of buildings. Research also includes the connection of engineering to society, art and aesthetics, which enables faculty to be at the forefront in the study of both modern design methods and heritage structures.




Sigrid Adriaenssens

Mechanics and design of lightweight structures (shells, membranes, nets) under extreme loading, form finding and optimization methods

Maria Garlock

Innovative Structural Design For Earthquake, Fire, Storm Surge; Buckling Thin Plates; History And Art Of Structures

J├╝rgen Hackl

Complex Infrastructure Systems, Network Analysis, Graph Learning, Risk & Resilience Analysis, Computational Modeling, Digital Twin

Ning Lin

Hurricane Hazards, Risk Analysis, Coastal Resilience, Climate Change Adaptation

Jyotirmoy Mandal

Optical metamaterials; heat mitigation and sensing, radiative transfer across nanoscales, built environments, and the atmosphere

Reza Moini

Architected Materials; Advanced and Additive manufacturing; Bio-inspired Design; Automated Robotic Fabrication

Claire White

Sustainable Cements; CO2 Capture and Utilization; Disordered Materials: Multiscale Modeling and Characterization