Mechanics of Materials

The faculty in the Mechanics of Materials Research Group conduct research and offer coursework involving topics at the interface of materials science and mechanics of materials. A major theme is the incorporation of materials structure-property relations in approaches suitable for engineering analysis. A combination of experimental mechanics, analytical and computational micromechanics, and theoretical developments are employed to develop these approaches.

Research areas range in focus from the nanoscale to the macroscopic level, and include molecular dynamics simulations of nanowires and grain boundary interfaces, methods for transitioning between discrete atomistics and continuum fields/solutions, mechanics of defects in crystals, scale dependent elastoviscoplastic and strength models of polycrystals from nanocrystalline range to engineering structural alloys, scale-dependent bimaterial interfacial fracture, nucleation and growth of distributed damage in monolithic and composite materials, physically-based multiscale constitutive models for deformation, fatigue and fracture behavior of heterogeneous materials, creepfatigue-environment interaction in failure of high temperature materials, microstructure effects in fretting and contact fatigue, structure-property relations in polymers, systems and durability modeling of solid oxide fuel cells, modeling of metal forming processes, processing and mechanics of cellular metals, systems-based materials design, and behavior of ferroelectric, shape memory and other classes of smart materials.

Research Area Group Chair


Research Facilities

  • Active Materials and Devices Laboratory
  • Center for Computational Materials Design
  • Center for Integrated Diagnostics
  • Composites Education and Research Center (CERC)
  • Laboratory for Functional Materials at Georgia Tech Lorraine
  • Manufacturing Related Disciplines Complex (MRDC)
  • (Faculty and graduate student offices and labs)
  • Materials Council at Georgia Tech
  • Mechanical Properties Characterization Facility (MPCF)

Research Faculty

Adjunct Professor Emeritus
Harris Saunders, Jr. Chair and Professor
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Southern Nuclear Termed Professorship in NREMP, Professor
Carl Ring Family Chair
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Professor Emeritus
Associate Chair for Faculty Development
Regents' Professor, Rae S. and Frank H. Neely Chair
Woodruff Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor
Regents' Professor Emeritus
Carter N. Paden, Jr. Distinguished Chair, Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Professor Emeritus
Director of Mechanical Properties Facility
Research Engineer / Scientist I
Adjunct Professor
Woodruff Professor, Professor
Professor Emeritus
Ring Family Professor, Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Regents' Professor and Morris M. Bryan, Jr. Professor
Eugene C. Gwaltney Jr. Chair in Manufacturing, Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Carter N. Paden, Jr. Distinguished Chair, George W. Woodruff Professorship, Professor
Carter N. Paden, Jr. Distinguished Chair, Professor