The ESMech Lab

The Experimental Soft Mechanics Laboratory in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan aims to leverage
3D experimental measurements inside complex soft materials toward system characterization and behavior prediction.

September 2022: Welcome to the lab, Arjun, Joseph, and Lark!

August 2022: Check out Dennis's first-author paper in Phil Trans R Soc A about combining MRI measurements, sensitivity, and PDE-constrained minimization for material calibration to the Ogden material model for elastomers.

March 2022: Congratulations to the Estrada Family who welcomed baby Lucas into the world!

November 2021: Congratulations to newly minted Ph.D. candidates Bachir Abeid and Dennis Nikolov!

November 2021: Congratulations to Jon Estrada for receiving the Haythornthwaite Foundation Research Initiation Grant from the ASME Applied Mechanics Division!

May 14th, 2021: Check out our new preprint on bioRxiv about primary neural cell injury as the result of high-rate mechanical loading!

May 4th, 2021: Check out our new article on using large data sets to identify constitutive model terms for material characterization.

May 3rd, 2021: EL undergrads take home prestigious awards!

Congratulations to Aditya Bhatnagar, winner of the 2021 Lloyd H. Donnell Scholarship presented to a Mechanical Engineering student who has demonstrated excellence in mechanics.

Congratulations also to Vanya Lazarevic, winner of the 2021 S. Jack Hu Family and Friends Undergraduate Research Award presented to a student who demonstrates outstanding academic performance and keen interest in research.