Courses Current Semester (Spring 2020)

AEM 8531: Fracture Mechanics A graduate introduction to the linear elastic theory of fracture mechanics (or "why things break?") and its application to material fatigue. The course adopts a historical perspective, beginning at the start of the 20th century when very little was known about fracture and progressing to the current state of knowledge.

Upcoming Courses (Fall 2020)

AEM 4502: Computational Structural Analysis An undergraduate introduction to the Finite Element Method with applications to the mechanics of structures (beams and plates) and 2D and 3D elasticity theory for both static and dynamic problems including vibrations.

Modeling Materials Short Courses

Together with Prof. Ron Miller, Ellad Tadmor teaches intensive 5-day short courses on "Modeling Materials" (MM) that cover a broad range of topics including nonlinear continuum mechanics, the finite element method, atomistic simulations, statistical mechanics, and multiscale methods. For more information, see the MM short courses website.

The MM short courses are based on two graduate-level textbooks written by Tadmor and Miller (one together with Ryan Elliott). For more on information on the books, visit the books website.

Courses (previous/future semesters)

AEM 2011: Statics An undergraduate course covering engineering mechanics principles for force analysis of static problems and their application to problems encountered in engineering design and practice.

AEM 3301: Deformable Body Mechanics An undergraduate course on the elastic (small and reversible) deformation of bodies subjected to external loading. Students are introduced to idealizations such as bars, beams, and plates which play a central role in engineering analysis.

AEM 5501: Continuum Mechanics A graduate introduction to the fundamental topic of nonlinear continuum mechanics, which serves as the foundation for solid and fluid mechanics. It provides the most general description of the response of materials to external mechanical and thermal loading.

AEM 8551: Multiscale Methods for Bridging Length and Time Scales A graduate-level course exploring theoretical and computational methods for modeling material behavior that span the scales from the atomistic to the macroscopic.

HSEM 3511H: Science Court: Strengthening Democracy through Rational Discourse Science Court is project designed to combat polarization in American society and strengthen democracy. It is run as an interdisciplinary course in the University of Minnesota Honors Program involving students from across the university. The students select a controversial issue and spend an entire semester studying it in depth to determine the facts (based on sound scientific research) and then argue it in a mock trial in front of a jury of citizens with a mix of views and backgrounds. The public is engaged through compelling audio, video and online content generated by the students about the preparations, trial and verdict. The trial is open to the public. For more information, see the Science Court website.