Francois Barthelat

Watch: Can biological materials inspire better engineering materials?

March 23, 2022

Watch Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Francois Barthelat give a seminar on how studying mollusk shells and teeth inspired his group to create a new type of toughened glass.

Mechanics of Snow

ME Course Column: Mechanics of Snow

March 17, 2022

MCEN 4228/5228: Mechanics of Snow motivates students to look at natural materials in an analytical way. The idea behind the course is to teach students the science behind certain phenomena by looking at the fundamentals of snow and ice from the atomic level to the mechanics of the snowpack.