Engineering Mechanics

Engineering Mechanics is the science that deals with the behavior of solids and fluids when subjected to loads, displacements or a range of other boundary conditions. While many discoveries in Engineering Mechanics that shaped our world were made since the beginning of the civilized world, Mechanics is still an extremely active and rich field of study in Civil Engineering and a major component of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and other societies worldwide.   
 
The department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics has been one of the leading institutions internationally in Engineering Mechanics in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. Some of the greatest names in this field have served as faculty members, including Maurice Biot, Raymond Mindlin, Bruno Boley, Hans Bleich, Alfred Freudenthal, Mario Salvadori, Richard Skalak, Frank DiMaggio, Maciej Bieniek and Masanobu Shinozuka. These giants introduced major advances and breakthroughs in continuum mechanics, theory of elasticity, viscoelasticity and plasticity, poromechanics, structural safety and reliability, probabilistic engineering mechanics, biomechanics, geomechanics, elastic stability, and many other fields.
 
With the developments of new materials and structures, and the rapid advancement in technology and computer hardware in recent decades, new discoveries in Engineering Mechanics continue to be made and advance our understanding of complex real-life behavior of solids and fluids from the atomic scale to the structural scale. 
 
The modern Engineering Mechanics program at Columbia University is taught by renowned faculty and maintains its outstanding reputation as one of the very best programs in the world. The program offers comprehensive training in the behavior of solids and fluids as governed by laws of mechanics, with applications to important engineering problems in civil, mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering. The emphasis is on fundamental concepts together with recent development in computational and experimental methods, enabling students to choose from among a wide range of technical areas. 
 
Our program is intended for those graduate students who wish to acquire a strong theoretical foundation and also those who consider pursuing a PhD degree later on. Many of our students have pursued academic careers in other institutions all over the world or research-focused positions in industry. 
 
Major study areas of Engineering Mechanics and the corresponding courses are as follows:
 
        • Mechanics of Solids: continuum mechanics, elastic and inelastic behavior of solids, large deformation kinematics, micromechanics, shells and plates, fracture mechanics, steel, concrete and rubber materials, composite materials.
 
ENME E4113x Advanced Mechanics of Solids
ENME E4114y Mechanics of Fracture and Fatigue
ENME E4115y Micromechanics of Composite Materials
ENME E4214x Theory of Plates and Shells
ENME E6315x Theory of Elasticity
ENME E8310x Advanced Continuum Mechanics
ENME E8320y Viscoelasticity and Plasticity
 
 
        • Mechanics of Fluids: turbulent flows, two-phase flows, fluid-structure interaction, fluid-soil interaction, flow in porous media, flow and transport processes, and flow and transport in fractured rock under mechanical loading, computational fluid dynamics.
 
CIEE E4163x Sustainable Water Treatment and Reuse
CIEE E4252x Environmental Engineering
CIEN E4257x Contaminant Transport in Subsurface Systems
 
 
        • Computational Mechanics: finite element and finite difference methods, multiscale methods, computational fracture and damage mechanics, inverse problems, nonlinear methods in mechanics, optimization and numerical analysis. 
 
 
CIEN E4253x Finite Elements in Geotechnical Engineering
ENME E4332x Finite Element Analysis I
ENME E4363y Multiscale Computational Science and Engineering
ENME E6320x Computational Poromechanics
ENME E6333x Finite Element Analysis II
ENME E6364x Nonlinear Computational Mechanics
 
 
         • Stochastic Mechanics: Random Processes and reliability, analysis of random properties of solids and fluids, Uncertainty quantification in mechanics, problems in design against failure under earthquake, wind, and wave loadings; nonlinear random vibrations.
 
CIEN E4100y Earthquake and Wind Engineering
CIEN E4111x Uncertainty and Risk in Infrastructure Systems
ENME E6220y Random Processes in Mechanics
ENME E8323y Nonlinear Vibrations
 
 
          • Structural Mechanics: structural vibrations; dynamics of rigid and flexible bodies; fluid-structure interactions, active, passive, and hybrid control systems for structures under seismic loading; dynamic soil-structure interaction effects on the seismic response of structures, structural health monitoring.
 
CIEN E4021x Elastic and Plastic Analysis of Structures
ENME E4202y Advanced Mechanics
CIEN E4213x Elastic and Inelastic Buckling of Structures
CIEN E4235x Multihazard Design of Structures
ENME E4215x Theory of Vibrations
ENME E8323y Nonlinear Vibrations
 
 
          • Experimental Mechanics: experimental methods for soil, steel and concrete structures; design and analysis of novel materials; experimental methods in fracture mechanics; structural health monitoring; environmental fluid mechanics.
 
 
CIEE E4252x Environmental Engineering
CIEN E4260y Urban Ecology Studio
ENME E6215y Principles and applications of sensors for structural health monitoring
CIEN E6248x Experimental soil mechanics
 
 
           • Geo-Mechanics: soil-structures interaction; foundations and mechanics of retaining walls; constitutive models for soils and clays; effect of centrifuge modeling on structures and novel geomaterials; slope stability analysis; poro-mechanics.
 
 
CIEN E6246y Advanced Soil Mechanics
CIEN E4242y Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
CIEN E4253x Finite Elements in Geotechnical Engineering
ENME 6320x Computational Poromechanics


 

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