I believe a successful engineering student should have a firm understanding of the fundamental concepts of engineering, engineering ethics, and the application of the scientific method to “real world” problems. A lack of any can have devastating consequences for both the future engineer and the general public. Teaching these principles will foster a commitment to morally serve society and a desire to accurately solve problems. The key challenge facing the professor is convincing the student that the assumptions, approaches, and theories used to solve a problem are important. I believe this can be done through inclusive teaching, rigorous assessment, and attentive communication.

MECH 1321: Mechanics I - Statics

Undergraduate - Principles of mechanics, vectors, force systems, equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, force analysis of truss structures, distributed forces, centroids, and friction. Prerequisite: MATH 1411. Requires a grade of C or better.

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MECH 2322: Mechanics of Materials

Undergraduate - Determination of stresses, deflections, and stability of deformable bodies, including axial loading, torsion, beam bending, column buckling, and principal and compound stresses and matrix structural analysis. Prerequisite: MECH 1321. Requires a grade of C or better.

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MECH 3334: Mechanical Design

Undergraduate - Stress analysis, deflection analysis, and strength of mechanical elements; design of screws, fasteners, and joints; clutches, brakes, couplings, and shafting. Prerequisite: MECH 2331 and MECH 2322.

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MECH 5312: Solid Mechanics II

Graduate - Advanced topics in solid mechanics; inelastic material response; continuum mechanics; fracture mechanics; computational mechanics; finite elasticity; micro-mechanics.

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MECH 5314: Continuum Mechanics

Graduate - Continuum Mechanics is a mathematical framework for studying the transmission of force through and deformation of materials of all types. The goal is to construct a framework that is free of special assumptions about the type of material, the size of deformation, the geometry or the problem and so forth. Students will learn the axioms of Continuum Mechanics and how to derive the Euler Field equations.

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MECH 5390: Fracture Mechanics

Graduate - Introduction to Fracture Mechanics, Linear-Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM), Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics (EPFM), Non-Linear Fracture Mechanics (NLFM), Mechanical Testing, Computational Fracture Mechanics (CFM)

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MECH 5390: Fatigue Analysis

Graduate - Stress-Life, Strain Life, Linear-Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM), Notch Effects, Environmental Effects, Variable Amplitude Loading, Multiaxial Loading

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MECH 5390/6390: Computational Mechanics

Graduate/Doctoral - An introductory course in computational mechanics. Students will learn how to apply mechanics theory into finite element analysis simulations. By the end of the course, students will have the skills to, given a mechanics problem, identify the appropriate boundary conditions, optimize the mesh, execute simulations, and analyze the results. Ideally, students will be able to determine if the results are realistic or fictitious using their knowledge of mechanics and critical thinking skills.

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