About me


I am Dr. Brad Darrall, a mechanical engineer and graduate of the University at Buffalo. I currently hold the position of teaching assistant professor at the University at Buffalo. Aside from teaching I am also an avid researcher, with strengths in theory, formulations, and computational methods for multiphysics problems, micromechanics, and quantum mechanics. In addition to my strong academic base I am also a passionate musician.

Research Interests


I have done a great deal of research work in the field of couple stress mechanics, a continuum theory that bridges the gap between classical mechanics and molecular dynamics, ideal for micro- and nanomechanics. Related to this I have also done significant work in the fields of flexoelectricity, also known as size-dependent piezoelectricity, and size-dependent thermoelasticity. For all cases I have developed finite element methods, variational principles, and analyzed many interesting problems. Currently I am working on furthering a set of microfluids experiments with the aim at measuring couple stress effects.

Another field of research that I have contributed to is a new type of least action principle known as mixed convolved action principles. These new action principles have many distinct advantages over their predecessors, both theoretically and computationally. Interestingly, I have been able to apply these new action principles to quantum mechanics with great success, which seems to be an area of great interest moving forward. Corresponding to these new variational methods, I have also developed novel time-space finite element methods.

In the future, I hope to draw from my previous research experience to make significant contributions in the fields of nanomechanics, quantum mechanics, and metamaterials.

Teaching


My greatest drive in life is learning; a day without learning something new is a wasted day. Having said that there is an intimate bond between learning and teaching, and I am glad to be able to call teaching my career.

Courses I have experience teaching:

Statics (EAS207)
Dynamics (EAS208)
Intro to MATLAB and Linear Algebra (EAS230)
Structural Analysis (MAE315)
Fluids and Thermal Lab (MAE338)
Intermediate Dynamics (MAE345)
Applied Math for Engineers (MAE376)

Music



Curriculum Vitae


Brad's CV