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.


Resilience of the urban infrastructure—buildings, bridges and lifelines—cannot be achieved without consideration of the impacts from resource consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, waste generation, materials manufacturing and the building and maintenance of structures.

Faculty in this department focus on structural optimization, form finding, sustainable engineering materials, and deployable and adaptive systems. Other core areas include the advancement of technologies for structural health monitoring to extend infrastructure lifespan, and risk assessment for communities faced with the hazards of tropical cyclones, earthquakes and fire following earthquake. Collectively, research discoveries in mechanics, materials and structures lay the foundations for progress toward integrated economic and sociopolitical systems.



  • 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
  • Claire White

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