Our research group in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio works in the interdisciplinary field across solid mechanics, materials science and applied physics, with the main focuses on atomistic and multiscale materials modeling as well as nanomechanical experimentation. Our goal is to understand the fundamental principles governing mechanical behaviors of structural, functional and biological materials. Our research has plentiful applications in nanotechnologies, biomedicine, energy and others.


  • Two fully-funded Ph.D. positions are available for 2020 Fall in our group. The prospective student should be highly motivated to take part in theoretical, computational and/or experimental research related to multiscale mechanics of advanced materials. If you are interested please send a CV to Prof. Wei Gao (wei.gao@utsa.edu).

  • M.S. and Undergraduate students who are interested in our research are highly recommended to contact Prof. Wei Gao. Stipend is available for competitive applicants. 


A. Ghasemi, W. Gao, A Method to Predict Energy Barriers in Stress Modulated Solid-solid Phase Transitions, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 137, 103857, 2020.


A. Ghasemi, P. Xiao, W. Gao, Nudged elastic band method for solid-solid transition under finite deformation, The Journal of Chemical Physics, 151, 054110, 2019.


R. Manno, W. Gao, I. Benedetti, Engineering the crack path in lattice cellular materials through bio-inspired micro-structural alterations, Extreme Mechanics Letters 26, 8–17, 2019.

W. Gao, R. Huang. Thermomechanics of monolayer graphene: rippling, thermal expansion and elasticity.  Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 66, 42-58, 2014.

Full list of publication

  • 2019/12: Our manuscript is accepted by JMPS, which provides a new theoretical method to predict the energy barrier of phase transition. 

  • 2019/8: Our research on phase transition of 2D TMDC materials is funded by NSF. 

  • 2019/8: We received funding from CPS Energy to develop an Autonomous Soft Robotic Solar Tracking System. 


  • 2019/7: Our research on nanomechanics of bone is funded by NIH R01 which is led by Prof. Xiaodu Wang. 


  • 2018/4: Prof. Wei Gao gave a seminar at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio on "Nanomechanics and Application for Biomaterials". 

  • 2017/9: Prof. Wei Gao received UTSA GREAT Award.