Overview

Research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is motivated by the challenges of the 21st century and grounded in the fundamentals of the mechanical sciences. Our general goal is the advancement of multi-scale engineering, the creation and application of an engineering knowledge base that spans a broad range of scales: from nano-micro structures to complex large-scale systems. Multi-scale engineering requires the integration of knowledge across the traditional engineering disciplines as well as across the natural range of physical scales. Our faculty strengths, when grouped by traditional disciplines, are in the areas of:

Coatings and Materials
Corrosion is a trillion-dollar problem for industry each year, and an important part of combating that issue is proper coating. Engineering covers...
Energy Systems, Infrastructure and Renewables
Faculty in our Department address societal challenges in energy, infrastructure, and renewables. Their research encompasses subsea systems, energy...
Biomechanics, Sensors and Devices
UH researchers are improving medical robotics with semiconductors, developing drawn-on-skin electronics to monitor health conditions, and have...
Mechanics and Dynamics
Researching physical science fundamentals of the effects of forces on the motion of objects and the action of forces on objects with mass, our...
Computational Mechanics
The ability to model and account for a wide range of possibilities is more important than ever today. Whether developing and applying numerical...
Thermal Phenomena
Researchers at UH aren’t just working with theoretical concepts — They are also focused on examining the practical, and why there are deviations from...

Please see the listing of Laboratories and Facilities to learn more about the specific research activities in these areas.