Solid mechanics is a broad field covering any topic characterizing, designing, and predicting mechanics of soft and hard structures. At the University of Utah, our solid mechanics faculty have research interests that include composites, computational mechanics, fracture and fatigue mechanics, high strain-rate mechanics, and soft tissue biomechanics. The graduate curriculum is designed to give students a strong foundation in fundamental mechanics, and then provide students with the flexibility to design their own curriculum. Each student is encouraged to work closely with their graduate advisor to identify courses appropriate for their area of interest.
For detailed information about graduate program requirements, please visit the Department of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program website.
Solid Mechanics Graduate Curriculum
Students are allowed, and encouraged, to take graduate level courses outside of the Solid Mechanics curriculum. Many students also take courses outside of the department. The list below includes the current in our curriculum. Additional graduate level courses can be found in the Mechanical Engineering course catalog.
ME EN 6300 – Advanced strength of materials
ME EN 6400 – Vibrations
ME EN 6410 – Intermediate Dynamics
ME EN 6500 – Engineering Elasticity
ME EN 6510 – Introduction to Finite Elements
ME EN 6520 – Mechanics of Composite Materials
ME EN 6530 – Introduction to Continuum
ME EN 6535 – Introduction to Biomechanics
ME EN 6540 – Soft Tissue Biomechanics
ME EN 6950 – Independent Study
ME EN 7500 – Engineering Material Science
ME EN 7525 – Inelasticity
ME EN 7530 – Fracture and Fatigue
ME EN 7540 – Advanced Finite Elements
ME EN 7960 – Computational Constitutive Modeling
Areas of Specialization