Contact me if you are interested in joining as a postdoc, graduate student, or undergraduate student. Opportunities are available to do theory and experiment. Topics of interest include dynamics, solid and fluid mechanics, thin/flexible structures, fluid-structure interaction, friction, materials science/processing, soft matter, nonlinear waves, and what could informally be called applied geometry. The research page may give you some ideas. Questions we might ask include:
What are the dynamical equilibria of flexible bodies subject to inertia and drag?
When do action principles exist for non-material volumes?
When is a strip more like a rod and when is it more like a plate?
How does elastic "defect" dynamics work in plates and shells?
How does one control the end of a long cable?
What happens during impact between a flexible and a rigid body?
How do floppy things get caught on other things?
Bonus points if you know or are interested in learning how to use open source microcontrollers, and if you like playing with geometry, differential equations, paper, toys, or mechanisms.

Note to students: our department name has changed, but the degree is still Engineering Mechanics at the grad level and Engineering Science and Mechanics at the undergrad level.

James Hanna
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Affiliate Faculty, Physics
Member, Center for Soft Matter and Biological Physics
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
220 Norris Hall (MC 0219), 495 Old Turner Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061     1 (540) 231 9071
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Tian Yu (07/15 - )
Ph.D. student, Engineering Mechanics
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Harrison Wood (08/17 - )
M.S. student, Engineering Mechanics
formerly (12/16 - 08/17) Undergraduate student, Engineering Science and Mechanics
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Zakar White (10/18 - )
Undergraduate student, Engineering Science and Mechanics
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Ishan Arora (07/18 - )
Undergraduate student, Engineering Science and Mechanics
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Max Reynolds (06/18 - )
Undergraduate student, Engineering Science and Mechanics
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Sam Riddle (02/18 - )
Undergraduate student, Engineering Science and Mechanics
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Jack Gan (01/17 - )
Undergraduate student, Mechanical Engineering
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Nick Corbin (01/16 - )
Undergraduate student, Engineering Science and Mechanics
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ALUMNI

Harmeet Singh (08/14 - 12/18)
Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, "Discontinuities, Balance Laws, and Material Momentum"
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Next: postdoc at EPFL Mathematics



Brato Chakrabarti (08/13 - 05/15)
M.S., Engineering Mechanics, "Catenaries in Viscous Fluid"
Next: PhD fellowship at UCSD MAE






Doug Hartley (05/17 - 01/18)
B.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics
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Next: Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering



Rick Warner (01/14 - 06/16)
B.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics, B.A., Physics
Next: Design Engineer, Scaled Composites





Wes Royston (08/14 - 05/15)
B.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics
Next: Nuclear Power School, Submarine Officer, U.S. Navy






Denis Aliaj (01/14 - 07/14)
B.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics, Biological Sciences
Next: Canon U.S. Life Sciences






Jason Tran (09/13 - 06/14)
B.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics
Next: PhD fellowship at UT Austin AE+EM