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
  • Branko Glisic

    Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) Technologies, Methods, Data Analysis & Management; Smart & Heritage Structures
  • Ning Lin

    Hurricane Hazards, Risk Analysis, Coastal Resilience, Climate Change Adaptation
  • Reza Moini

    Architected Materials; Advanced and Additive manufacturing; Bio-inspired Design; Automated Robotic Fabrication
  • Glaucio H Paulino

  • Claire White

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