Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Bruce A Lindvall
Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
2145 Sheridan Road, Suite L261
Evanston, IL 60208-3103
Phone: (847) 491-4547
Program Description

Graduate study and research in the Program of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics is conducted through the cooperative efforts of the members of several departments in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. Qualified students of engineering, mathematics, physics, or an allied science may pursue the MS or PhD in solid mechanics or fluid mechanics through the program, which is administered by an executive committee of professors.

Programs of study in solid mechanics are available in elasticity, computational mechanics,  micro and nanosystems, biomechanics, geomechanics, stability, experimental methods, composite materials, fracture mechanics, nondestructive evaluation, micromechanics, wave propagation, and fatigue.

Programs of study in fluid mechanics are available for both theoretical and experimental research in statistical mechanics and thermodynamics; kinetic theory and rarefied gas dynamics; chaotic flow; aerodynamics and hydrodynamics; non-Newtonian fluids and gas-liquid and liquid-solid interface problems; geophysical fluid dynamics; bioengineering applications; and hydraulic structures.

Colloquia in solid mechanics and fluid mechanics are regularly scheduled in association with the program.

Applicants should contact the program by visiting its web site ( to learn about program-specific requirements for admission.

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