The innovative program at Cornell has offered me a way to convert the theoretical skills I gained from my undergraduate degree in Physics into more practical skills that can be utilized in solving engineering problems. This program does offer an array of varied and forward thinking classes that will build a strong base of knowledge in the fundamentals of mechanics and structural engineering.
Structural Mechanics and Materials, M.Eng.
The combination of depth in the technical fundamentals, and an exposure to the professional challenges accompanying practice at the highest levels, makes this program unique.
The Master of Engineering Program in Structural Mechanics and Materials at Cornell University is a forward looking educational curriculum that affords its students with an opportunity to gain a firm foundation in solid mechanics, applied mathematics, computational mechanics, uncertainty quantification, and scientific computing. The program is aimed at educating highly qualified and well prepared engineers, with a firm grasp of the state-of-the-art and emerging techniques in structural engineering and structural mechanics, to support advanced practice within leading firms, national laboratories, and government agencies.
A comprehensive professional experience, involving: a real-world problem, an industry adviser, integrating technical course work, and resulting in a final report is a program requirement. Representative themes for the practice experience include: forensic engineering studies and failure investigations; design of signature buildings or bridges; structural condition assessment and prognosis studies; etc. An additional professional component comprises professional seminars, given throughout the academic year by leading practitioners in the field. The seminar series is run by the students; thus affording them an opportunity to interact directly with industry leaders.
In the Structural Mechanics and Materials Masters of Engineering Program, the coursework focuses on the fundamentals of technical themes, in order to position the graduate well for a career at the frontiers of an evolving practice. At the same time, the comprehensive team-based professional experience immerses the students in current best practices, and serves to inspire and motivate the student during their technical course work.
Structural Mechanics and Materials Project Example
Students considered a multi-hazard risk assessment of a structure. Students used a nonlinear finite element analysis to analyze to propose a retrofit to a structure subjected to a blast wave from a terrorist threat. They then analyzed how the proposed retrofit affected the structure’s performance in a seismic event, ensuring that the solution to one hazard did not create an issue for another. This type of uncertainty quantification framework is critical in performance-based, multi-hazard analysis, especially as building resiliency becomes increasingly important in a more uncertain climate.
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