Department of Mechanical Engineering
2361B Engineering II Building
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070
Professor Begley’s research focus is on theoretical mechanics and advanced simulations to guide materials development, with an emphasis on multilayered systems, interfaces and composites. He has more than 100 archival publications: topics include thermal barrier coatings, environmental barrier coatings, the mechanical integrity of microelectronics, advanced simulations of virtual tests, bio-inspired composites and adhesives, novel 3D printing strategies for two-phase materials, acoustic assembly of colloidal particles, the structural integrity of microelectronics, nano-porous gold, and the performance of microfabricated devices for biochemical diagnostics. These works draw heavily on expertise in interfacial fracture mechanics, adhesion, structure-property relationships in multi-phase materials, numerical techniques for highly non-linear systems, multiscale plasticity, and multifunctional component design.