Students in the Computational Mechanics Group (CMG) are typically recruited from the Departments of Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Science and Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering, where Professor Geubelle holds joint appointments. Please refer to the department web site for details on the course requirements associated with graduate degrees in these departments.

Most of the members of the CMG are also members of the Computational Science and Engineering(CSE) program, a multidisciplinary program that regroups computationally oriented faculty and graduate students across the College of Engineering. As part of this program, MS and PhD students take a series of courses in core (e.g., numerical methods, parallel programming, data structures, etc.) and applied  computational disciplines (computational solid mechanics, CFD, graphics, …) and obtain a certificate (or “unofficial minor”) in Computational Science and Engineering, in addition to their primary degree. By joining the CSE program, graduate students also get access to a range of advanced computational facilities (such as the 1280 G5 processor machine called Turing). More information about the program can be found at

As illustrated by the list of current and recent research projects, the research activities in Computational Mechanics Group (CMG) involve a wide range of topics, with special emphasis on solid mechanics and materials science. The College of Engineering of the University of Illinois offers many intermediate and advanced graduate courses in these disciplines. Here is an incomplete list of some of the courses taken by CMG students:

Core Courses in Solid Mechanics

  • TAM 551 – Solid Mechanics I
  • TAM 552 – Solid Mechanics II
  • AE/TAM 428 – Mechanics of Composites
  • AE 420/ME 471 – Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

Specialty Courses in Solid Mechanics

  • AE 525 – Advanced Composite Materials
  • AE 526 – Composites Manufacturing
  • AE 529 – Viscoelasticity Theory
  • AE 598 FM/CEE 475/ME 598 DHA – Fracture and Fatigue
  • AE 598 DP – Dynamic Properties of Materials
  • AE 598 – Contact Mechanics and Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • ME/ECE 485 – Introduction to MEM Devices and Systems
  • ME 532: Fracture Resistant Design
  • TAM 514 – Elastodynamics and Vibrations
  • TAM 524 – Micromechanics of Materials

Numerical Methods and CS-related Courses

  • CS/CSE 400: Data Structures for Non-CS Majors
  • CS/Math 450 / CSE 401: Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • CS 420 / CSE 402: Introduction to Parallel Programming
  • ME 570: Design and Analysis of Nonlinear Continua
  • TAM 574 – Advanced Finite Element Methods