Solid Mechanics at the University of Utah
Description of Research: The biological structures of the head and eye are continually changing with age. Rapid growth and development in young children, and rapid degradation in the elderly, makes identification of age-dependent structural and mechanical properties crucial to understanding patient specific injury and disease. In the Developmental Head Injury Biomechanics Lab, we explore the microscopic and macroscopic structure of the head and eye at different stages of development. We use principals of engineering to<><><><><><>...Read More...
We are very excited to welcome new faculty member, Owen Kingstedt, to the University of Utah Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Owen Kingstedt is joining the department from a post-doctoral scholar position in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical E... Read More
An expert in experimental mechanics and damage tolerance of composites, mechanical engineering professor Dan Adams received a National Science Foundation three-year companion award (along with principle investigator Dr. Joel Harley – ECE). Adams’ portion of the award, $158,579, is for their research entitled, “Big Data Structural Health Monitoring: Statistical Damage Detection.” With this awa... Read More
The National Eye Institute at NIH recently awarded Brittany Coats a two-year R21 grant titled Quantitative Regional Analysis of Vitreoretinal Adhesion with Age. The grant began March 1, 2016 and will be focused on elucidating mechanisms of adhesion at the vitreoretinal interface, and quantifying how those mechanisms change with age. The d<><>... Read More
TV news station KSL recently highlighted research in Dr. Brittany Coats' lab on the potential impact of arachnoid trabeculae in mild traumatic brain injury. Through optical coherence tomography imaging and finite element modeling, Dr. Coats' group found that these microstructures dictate force distribution from the skull to the brain. By implementing the n... Read More
Dr. Czabaj was asked to give the Keynote Address during the Behavior and Life Prediction of Ceramic Matrix Composites symposium at the 40th Annual conference on Composites, Materials, and Structures. His talk, titled "X-Ray CT Imaging and Numerical Modeling of CMC Microstructures: Challenges and Opportunities" will highlight his work non-destructively characterizing ... Read More