Our research focus is in the mechanical characterization of solids and structures in challenging environments, and at high temperatures in particular. We are especially interested in the role that environment plays on a material's ability to withstand heterogeneous failure mechanisms such as fracture, fatigue, and creep.
Our lab uses advanced imaging techniques to extract full-field, in situ strain and temperature measurements across multiple length scales. These techniques are applied to a wide variety of advanced high temperature materials (including metals, ceramics, and composites), with applications geared towards the energy, aerospace, and nuclear industries.
August 15, 2023: Prasenjit Dewanjee is awarded a grant from USU's Graduate Research and Creative Opportunities (GRCO) program. Congratulations Prasenjit!
August 9, 2023: Brayden Monson is awarded a grant from USU's Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (URCO) program. Congratulations Brayden!
June 5, 2023: Dr. Berke gives the prestigious Springer/Nature Young Investigator Plenary Lecture at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Mechanics.
April 25, 2023: Emily Johnson, Brayden Monson, and Jacob Heninger are accepted into USU's Engineering Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (formerly EURP). Congratulations!
April 13, 2023: Brayden Monson is awarded a 2023 Peak Summer Research Fellowship from the USU College of Science. Congratulations Brayden!
Feb 23, 2023: Maggie Lea is recognized as the MAE Undergraduate Researcher of the Year and Amy Stamps is recognized as the MAE Outstanding Junior of the Year. Congratulations Maggie and Amy!