Solid Mechanics & Materials


The department’s research in the broad area of Solid Mechanics focuses on material science engineering needs. A combination of theoretical, computational and experimental approaches establish connections with processing, microstructure, and microscopic properties. Current funded projects include investigations into nanocomposites and materials for fuel cells.

Title of Grant Funding Agency Investigator(s)
Health Monitoring and Self-Healing of Aerospace Structures NASA EPSCoR Thomas Burton, Eric Butcher, Igor Sevostianov
Development of a Novel Methodology for the Health Monitoring and Self-Healing of Structural Elements and Joints Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL) Thomas Burton, Eric Butcher, Igor Sevostianov
Novel Nanoparticle-Filled Matrices for Thermal Stress Reduction in Polymer Matrix Composites: Multi-Scale Modeling and Experimental Validation NASA Igor Sevostianov (with Texas Tech)
Materials for Energy Conversion Dept. Of Energy (DOE) EPSCoR Igor Sevostianov
Statistical Analysis and Ergonomic Study of Glovebox Glove Dexterity Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL) Young Ho Park, Edward Pines (NMSU Industrial Engineering)
Rocket Test Facility for Teaching and Research NASA/NAFP Ed Conley