Structural Mechanics & Design


The Structural Mechanics & Design focus area provides researchers and practicing engineers with the skills and knowledge to apply advanced computational and experimental techniques to design, evaluate and improve complex, real-world structures.

A major advantage of the focus area is the investigation of interdisciplinary structural applications that cut across traditional engineering boundaries. Examples include applications involving manufacturing machinery, automotive components, flight vehicle structures, human skeletal systems, non-traditional structural systems and civil engineering structures, such as buildings and bridges.

The focus area emphasizes innovative design and multidisciplinary optimization of static and dynamic structural responses, including seismic behavior, rigid body motions, elastic-plastic deformation and fracture. Advanced techniques in reliability analysis and uncertainty quantification, in conjunction with modern computational tools such as finite element analysis, enable a probabilistic approach in the optimum design of complex multiphysics-based structures.

The focus area provides engineers with the skills and knowledge to work with diverse applications, such as extended-life turbine blades, high productivity rolling mill machinery, lightweight automobile chassis, reliable orthopedic and dental implants, buildings and bridges and adaptive-flexibility structures for micro air vehicles, just to name a few.

 Name Position / Expertise Contact
riyadh-hindiRiyadh Hindi
Ph.D., M.S., B.S.
Director of Graduate Programs
Structures, Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete, Bridges, Seismic, Cyclic and Fatigue Damage, Live Load Distribution, Experimental, Finite Elements, Non-Linear Behavior

Phone: (314) 977-8547


jeff-maJeff Ma
Ph.D., M.S., B.S.
Assistant Professor, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Computational Solid Mechanics, Manufacturing, CAD/CAM, Modeling and Simulation of Metal Cutting Processes, Modeling and Simulation of Tire-soil Interactions, Designing and Fabricating of Electromechanical Systems and Designing and optimizing of Non-pneumatic Tires

Phone: (314) 977-8441



Concrete and Materials Laboratory

A materials testing laboratory is available for developing design criteria and evaluating various types of building materials, such as concrete, masonry, wood, and steel. The laboratory includes facilities for performing many tests on concrete. A 500,000 lbs. capacity testing machine, smaller testing machines and other equipment are also available.

Laser Peening Laboratory

Laser Peening is an emerging technology to improve the durability of precision metal components ranging from turbine blades and transmission gears to medical implants. The laboratory consists of a 1064 nm infrared pulsed laser, target positioning table, and associated optics. The lab is used to perform experiments involving laser-induced residual stress fields in precision metal components, with the intent to extend the fatigue life cycles. The facility is operated in collaborative research projects with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. A student research group at Parks College has been formed to design and conduct computational and experimental research in laser peening.

Manufacturing System Laboratory

The manufacturing system lab includes MDH Machine Shop and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) machine shop in Oliver Hall. MDH machine shop has five (5) Jet lathes (model GHP 1340), one (1) Enco lathe, and five Jet Vertical Mills (model JM2). CAM machine shop in Oliver Hall has one (1) HAAS CNC machine center (model VF4), one (1) South Bend lathe,and  one (1) Bridgeport vertical mill.This manufacturing system lab provides students with hands-on experience with various manufacturing processes for teaching purposes and enables  faculty and students to fabricate various components for senior design projects and other student projects. In addition, the lab provides faculty and students the  opportunities to conduct  experimental investigations of machinability of newly developed materials and performance of innovatively designed cutting tools. 

Mechatronics Laboratory

Mechatronics lab is a teaching lab in Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Mechatronics refers to the synergistic integration of precision mechanical structure and motion, electronic control, and system concepts in the design of industrial products and processes. We have autonomous mobile robots, Programmable Logic Control (PLC) Systems, and industrial robots. By using these mechatronics systems we give the students the opportunities to get hands-on experience and prepare students to be able to design and fabricate electro-mechanical systems and get industrial positions and/or succeed in future graduate studies.