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Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Field Description

The Graduate Program in the Field of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics offers students a broad education in the mechanics of rigid and deformable bodies, applied mathematics, nonlinear dynamical systems and modern experimental techniques.


Research in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell is focused on the fundamental development and analysis of mechanical and mathematical models for a wide variety of scientific applications. Current research topics include complex systems and networks, planetary rings and asteroids, fracture mechanics, contact mechanics, adhesion and friction of bio-inspired surfaces, soft material mechanics, granular mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, mechanics of cellular and bio-molecular structures, ballistic impact of fibrous systems, animal locomotion and cardiac dynamics and mechancis of soft materials, design of multifunctional, active and polymeric materials, biological interfaces and pattern surfaces, membrane fusion, rheology of complex fluids, suspension mechanics, micro-hydrodynamics, stability of capillary surfaces, and capillary adhesion devices.

TAM research often tends more toward science and engineering concepts and applied mathematics than direct engineering applications. Research tools include experiments, analytical mathematical solutions and computer simulations.


All students are required to minor in at least one field outside of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. Frequently selected minors are aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, applied physics, astronomy, electrical and computer engineering, geophysics, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, physics, and structural engineering.

Ph.D. students take a qualifying examination, typically after completing two semesters for those students entering with a Bachelor's degree and at the end of one semester with those entering with a Master's degree. Ph.D. students are required to serve as a teaching assistant for one semester.

Contact Information

Website: http://www.mae.cornell.edu
Email: maephd@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-5250

107 Upson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

Engineering Mechanics

  • advanced composites and structures

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

  • dynamics and space mechanics
  • fluid mechanics
  • mechanics of materials
  • solid mechanics

Faculty

Shefford P Baker - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: mechanics of materials Research Interests: mechanical properties of materials; microstructure; defects; stresses; deformation; small scale behavior
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics Research Interests: solar system dynamics; celestial mechanics; planetary satellites and rings
K Bingham Cady - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics Research Interests: dynamics; fluids
Mark Campbell - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics Research Interests: estimation; autonomy and aerospace systems; cooperative control
Susan Daniel - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: fluid mechanics Research Interests: biochemical engineering; surface science; fluid dynamics; heat and mass transfer
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics Research Interests: bifurcations of dynamical systems
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics; solid mechanics Research Interests: nonlinear elasticity; bifurcation theory and nonlinear analysis; partial differential equations
Chung-Yuen Hui - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: mechanics of materials; solid mechanics Research Interests: elasticity and inelasticity; fracture; polymers; adhesion and contact mechanics
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: solid mechanics Research Interests: continuum mechanics; mechanics of granular materials
Brian J. Kirby - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: fluid mechanics Research Interests: micro-and nanofluidics; microbioanalytical devices; microfabrication
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics; solid mechanics Research Interests: magnetoelasticity; chaotic dynamics; experimental mechanics; dynamics of solids and structures
Mason A. Peck - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics Research Interests: dynamics and control; spacecraft design; systems enginnering
Concentrations: Engineering Mechanics: advanced composites and structures; Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: mechanics of materials; solid mechanics Research Interests: long-term reliability of fibrous materials; statistical failure processes in composites; fracture mechanics
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics Research Interests: dynamical systems; perturbation methods; biomechanics
Andy Lee Ruina - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Engineering Mechanics: advanced composites and structures; Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics; mechanics of materials; solid mechanics Research Interests: biomechanics; robotics and dynamics of walking and other motions; friction; solid mechanics
Concentrations: Engineering Mechanics: advanced composites and structures; Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics; mechanics of materials; solid mechanics Research Interests: mechanics of materials; nondestructive testing techniques; wave propagation; physical acoustics
Dmitry Savransky - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics Research Interests: Estimation and control theory; computer vision and machine learning applications for automated optical system alignment and image processing; optimal scheduling for autonomous space observatories; and statistical analysis of astronomical data sets
Meredith Silberstein - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: mechanics of materials; solid mechanics Research Interests: polymer physics, mechanochemistry, micromechanical experiments and modeling, continuum mechanics
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics Research Interests: fluid dynamics; stability; applied mathematics
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics Research Interests: building fast methods for problems in which the direction of information flow can be used to speed up computations
Zheng Jane Wang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics; fluid mechanics Research Interests: physical and biological fluid dynamics; mathematical biology; scientific computing and modeling; statistical physics
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: dynamics and space mechanics; solid mechanics Research Interests: fracture; experimental mechanics; optical and infrared techniques; mechanics of materials; MEMS; nanostructures
Roseanna Zia - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics: fluid mechanics Research Interests: fluid mechanics, suspension mechanics, complex fluids, micro hydro dynamics, rheology