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  • Photo by Dennis Wise / University of Washington
  • Photo by Dennis Wise / University of Washington



The Boechler Research Group is led by Prof. Nicholas Boechler in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. We study wave propagation in complex materials and the design of materials with extraordinary properties.

Throughout history, materials with novel properties have enabled tremendous technological leaps. In our current research, we are particularly interested in dynamically responsive and highly nonlinear microstructured material systems. Using an experiment-driven approach, supported by analytical and computational modeling, we strive to answer fundamental open questions that concern the underlying physics and mechanics of structured materials over multiple scales (macro- to nanoscales), and to gain insight into how microstructure may yield unprecedented properties. Currently, we are focusing on mechanical properties, however, our fundamental findings also have direct implications for thermally and optically functional materials. Because of the importance of wave propagation in many engineering applications, our research is applicable to a broad range of areas including sound and vibration management, blast mitigation, signal processing, and biomedical devices.


Please see our publications and visit our research page for more details.