At its heart, the study of dynamics is the study of motion. Whether this motion involves automobiles, aircraft or the change of economic indicators, dynamics can be used effectively to gain insight and understanding.


We address a range of topics, including dynamical systems theory, vehicle dynamics, bubble dynamics, computer simulation of dynamical systems, vibration and modal analysis, acoustics and acoustic control, and the development of efficient computational methods. Our research synthesizes numerics, experiments and theory, allowing researchers to address fundamental questions while staying aware of real life limitations.


The Department provides a variety of graduate courses that prepare students for research and development work here and in their professional careers. Courses are offered in linear and nonlinear dynamics, deterministic and random vibrations, and continuous systems.


Faculty with research interests that closely relate to dynamics issues include Professors James CaseyMark Mueller, and Tarek I. Zohdi.


The Major Field Advisors for each research area are listed here.


Core Faculty

Fai Ma

Oliver O'Reilly