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Advances in mechanics enable key engineering innovations. Using complementary computational, experimental, and design tools, the mechanics area is addressing challenges from nanoscale actuators and human health to energy systems and bridges. For example, our biomechanics research is creating robotic rehabilitation aids and a new understanding of cellular biomechanics and the assembly and degradation of biomaterials. At the tiniest length scales, we are creating a new understanding of nanomechanics, contact mechanics, tribology, MEMS, and the application of nanomaterials for energy storage systems. Our research goals also include the understanding, design and creation of piezoactive sensors and actuators as well as the stability assessment and control of dynamical systems. georgeOur research and teaching together prepare students to understand and exploit mechanics to enable their future engineering innovations.

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