Engineering Mechanics

Applied mechanics (also engineering mechanics) is the branch of the physical sciences and the practical application of mechanics. Pure mechanics describes the response of bodies (solids and fluids) or systems of bodies to external forces. Some examples of mechanical systems include the flow of a liquid under pressure, the fracture of a solid from an applied force, or the vibration of an ear in response to sound. A practitioner of the discipline is known as a mechanician.

Applied mechanics describes the behavior of a body, in either a beginning state of rest or of motion, subjected to the action of forces. Applied mechanics, bridges the gap between physical theory and its application to technology. It is used in many fields of engineering, especially mechanical engineering and civil engineering. In this context, it is commonly referred to as Engineering Mechanics. Much of modern engineering mechanics is based on Isaac Newton's laws of motion while the modern practice of their application can be traced back to Stephen Timoshenko, who is said to be the father of modern engineering mechanics.

Within the practical sciences, applied mechanics is useful in formulating new ideas and theories, discovering and interpreting phenomena, and developing experimental and computational tools. In the application of the natural sciences, mechanics was said to be complemented by thermodynamics, the study of heat and more generally energy, and electromechanics, the study of electricity and magnetism.

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Scholarships for Engineering Mechanics Majors

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NSF SBIR Innovative Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Fellowship (NSF I-PERF)

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Up to $78,000 Varies See Details
 

NSF SBIR Innovative Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Fellowship (NSF I-PERF)

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

award

Up to $78,000

deadline

Varies
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U.S. to Australia Fellowship

American Australian Association

Up to $40,000 September 30, 2023 See Details
 

U.S. to Australia Fellowship

American Australian Association

award

Up to $40,000

deadline

September 30, 2023
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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Up to $30,000 Varies See Details
 

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

award

Up to $30,000

deadline

Varies
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SMART Scholarship

United States Department of Defense (DoD)

Up to $38,000 December 01, 2023 See Details
 

SMART Scholarship

United States Department of Defense (DoD)

award

Up to $38,000

deadline

December 01, 2023
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Trustey Family Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2024 See Details
 

Trustey Family Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

award

$25,000

deadline

January 01, 2024
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Stinson Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2024 See Details
 

Stinson Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

award

$25,000

deadline

January 01, 2024
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Besio Family Scholarship

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2024 See Details
 

Besio Family Scholarship

University of Notre Dame

award

$25,000

deadline

January 01, 2024
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Engineering Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

$20,500 Varies See Details
 

Engineering Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

award

$20,500

deadline

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McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Florida Education Fund

Up to $18,000 January 15, 2024 See Details
 

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship

Florida Education Fund

award

Up to $18,000

deadline

January 15, 2024
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Astronaut Scholarship in Science and Technology

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Up to $15,000 Varies See Details
 

Astronaut Scholarship in Science and Technology

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

award

Up to $15,000

deadline

Varies
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