Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials

Investing in America’s infrastructure: Faculty weigh in on what to address in proposed infrastructure legislation

Cars and trucks drive on an interchange with roads branching off in several directions.

A bipartisan group of senators has announced a $1.2 trillion infrastructure framework, which aims to make transformational investments in infrastructure for transportation, clean water, universal broadband, renewable energy, remediation of legacy pollution, and resilience to the changing climate.

Friday, July 2, 2021

PhD Student Creates Community through Virtual Book Club

Maria Warren holds the book "BUILT" by Roma Agrawal standing in front of trees and a brick building.

As the pandemic dragged into 2021, Maria Warren found herself reading more and more.

With Covid-19 shelving her go-to leisure activities like playing soccer and meeting friends for coffee, the PhD student turned to books in her spare time and decided reread one of her favorites: BUILT by Roma Agrawal.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Research Lays Foundation for Partial Cloaking of Holes in Elastic Plates from Stress Waves

Arash Yavari stands in front of shelves stacked with colorful books

In their latest research into the feasibility of cloaking, Professor Arash Yavari and Dr. Ashkan Golgoon, PhD CE 20, found that while it’s not possible to fully protect plates from stress waves, a partial protection—or cloaking— is possible.


Monday, May 10, 2021

Marine Animals Inspire New Approaches to Structural Topology Optimization

PhD Student Emily Sanders, left, and Professor Glaucio Paulino, right, hold red 3-D printed models as they stand on a campus sidewalk surrounded by greenery.

A mollusk and shrimp are two unlikely marine animals that are playing a very important role in engineering. The bodies of both animals illustrate how natural features, like the structures of their bones and shells, can be borrowed to enhance the performance of engineered structures and materials, like bridges and airplanes. 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Research: Extending Origami Into Untethered Robots and Morphing Devices

This illustration depicts a multifunctional, magnetically responsive origami system, possessing distributed, untethered control capabilities.

A team of researchers from The Ohio State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology has extended the possibility of origami, the ancient art of paper folding, for modern engineering applications such as untethered robotics and morphing devices. 

The researchers demonstrated for the first time a multifunctional, magnetically responsive origami system, possessing distributed, untethered control capabilities. The untethered magnetic actuation separates the power source and controller out of the system, allowing scalable applications.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Small Imperfections Can Have Significant Impact on Origami Metamaterials

Red, navy blue and yellow paper folded into origami structures illustrate how the shapes change when pressure is applied.

There is much interest in the possible use of origami-inspired metamaterials for engineering applications, due to their precisely architected structures that exhibit unconventional behavior. In practice, however, these structures are unlikely to exist without defects and imperfections.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Paulino Awarded Daniel C. Drucker Medal

A candid photo of Professor Glaucio Paulino

Professor Glaucio Paulino has been selected as the winner of the Daniel C. Drucker Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The Drucker Medal was established in 1997 and is conferred in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of applied mechanics and mechanical engineering through research, teaching and service to the community.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

New Research in Origami Metamaterials Promises Wide Implications

Larissa Novelino, a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, has long black hair and is wearing a black shirt and a black mask ovrer her nose and mouth. She is standing next to a table showing several metamaterial prototypes at different scales. They are different colors and range in size from smallest to largest.

The simplicity and elegance of origami, an ancient Japanese art form, has motivated researchers to explore its application in the world of materials. New research from an interdisciplinary team, including Northwestern University’s Horacio Espinosa and Sridhar Krishnaswamy and the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Glaucio Paulino, aims to advance the creation and understanding of such folded structures for applications ranging from soft robotics to medical devices to energy harvesters.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Schreiber Named SMART Scholar

PhD Student Trent Schreiber has received a SMART Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense. The Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship is a scholarship-for-service program established to enhance the Department of Defense workforce with talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


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