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.
May 18, 2017: Robert Hansen is awarded a fellowship from the NEUP Integrated University Program. Congratulations Robert!
Apr 24, 2017: Trevor Bird wins First Place in the Undergraduate Engineering category for his presentation at USU's annual Student Research Symposium. Congratulations Trevor!
Mar 11, 2017: Prof. Berke is awarded an AFRL Summer Faculty Fellowship for Summer 2017.
Feb 24, 2017: Trevor Bird is recognized as the MAE Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher of the Year. Congratulations Trevor!
Feb 24, 2017: Prof. Berke is recognized as the MAE Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Jan 9, 2017: Experimental Solid Mechanics is now permanently listed as MAE 5040 and will be offered every Fall.
Dec 7, 2016: Jackson Matsen and Robert Rowley are selected for the 2017-2018 Engineering Undergraduate Research Program.
Congratulations Jackson and Bobby!
Nov 15, 2016: Prof. Berke is elected Vice Chair of ASME's committee on Experimental Mechanics.