Engineering Mechanics

Female Engineering Mechanics student working on a 3D computer model in a lab

Everything from individual particles to the tallest buildings to a rushing river experiences forces and torques. Each object—liquid or solid, large or small—responds differently under different conditions. Engineering mechanics examines these external forces by studying statics, dynamics, materials strength, elasticity, viscoelasticity and fluid dynamics.  
As a bridge between theory and application, engineering mechanics is used to formulate new ideas and theories, discover and interpret phenomena, and develop experimental and computational tools. Faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Case School of Engineering are conducting research in engineering mechanics for a wide variety of fields, including the aerospace, electronics, automotive, manufacturing, software, and computer industries.

Institutes, centers and labs related to Engineering Mechanics


Pollino Research Group

Performs static and dynamic experimental testing of large-scale structures and civil infrastructure under serviceability and high-hazard loading

Faculty who conduct research in Engineering Mechanics

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Michael Pollino

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty Director, Vanderhoof Infrastructure Research and Education Facility

Examines performance of structural systems and components subjected to loading and develops design approaches for resilience and sustainability

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Hyoung Suk Suh

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Solving energy and environmental geotechnics problems through the lens of theoretical and computational poromechanics.