To better prepare the department to respond to large, collaborative, interdisciplinary research requests for proposals, the department’s research is organized into focus groups and technical areas, which comprise the core mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics disciplinary areas.

Research groups are formed based on the expertise and interest of faculty and long-term funding opportunities. As a result, the number of active research groups will change from time to time. Faculty are associated with one technical area and one or more research groups, depending on expertise and research interests.