Robert McMeeking

Robert McMeeking

Tony Evans ​Distinguished Professor
Materials and Mechanical Engineering

Materials, Mechanical Engineering


(805) 893-8434
2361A Engineering II

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Member of : 

National Academy of Engineering, U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Fellow of: 

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Academy of Mechanics


Platinum Medal, Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3); Timoshenko Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers; William Prager Medal, Society of Engineering Science; Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for senior scientists (2006 and 2013); Brown Engineering Alumni Medal, Brown University's School of Engineering; Elected Fellow of the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh


Solid Mechanics, Materials & Structures, Micro- and Nanoscale Engineering, Bioengineering, Micro & Nano Technology, Computational Science and Engineering

His research is in on mechanics of materials, exploiting theoretical and computational methods to understand structural and functional performance of engineering materials. His recent focus has been on lithium ion batteries, biological cell mechanics, ballistic impact on ceramics, microstructural evolution,  ferroelectric systems, utilization of high temperature materials composed of ceramics and ceramic composites, actuating and shape morphing structures, protection of structures from high intensity blast waves and accompanying shrapnel, and thermal barrier coatings for gas turbine blades.



PhD Solid Mechanics, Brown University
MS Solid Mechanics, Brown University ​
BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Glasgow