|The Department of Engineering Mechanics|
The mechanics discipline of Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) has a long history, which was created by Wenmei Ji, Yushan Huang, Baiping Chen, Nansheng Yang, Peisheng Wang, Shijun Luo along with a group of well-known mechanicians. The discipline begun to recruit and cultivate master students since 1960s. In 1981, we became the earliest one amony five in china to award doctor degree, and in 1996 we gained a first-level discipline (only 5 national universities). We are among the earliest 6 national universities in china to establish the post-doctoral research station in 1985. There are 2 national laboratories, 3 provincial and ministerial level laboratories or engineering centers. We also established a national engineering mechanics teaching base and a national mechanics experimental teaching demonstration center. Currently, There are 4 secondary disciplines has been set up under the first-level discipline, including solid mechanics (national key discipline), fluid mechanics (national key (foster) discipline), general and fundamental mechanics ( provincial key discipline) and engineering mechanics.
The department has 65 faculty in the Department of Engineering Mechanics. 17 are professors, 27 associate professors, and 5 senior engineers. 59 of the faculty holds doctoral degrees. The department offer degrees at the graduate, master and doctoral levels. The three doctoral programs are in Solid Mechanics, General and Fundamental Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, and one post-doctoral station in mechanics. The Solid Mechanics doctoral program is appointed as National Key Discipline, the General and Fundamental Mechanics doctoral program as Key Discipline of the State Commission of Science and Technology for the National Defense Industry, Engineering Mechanics as a provincial specialty in Shaanxi.
The department of engineering mechanics focuses on fundamental research and its applications, with the bright feature of 3A background. In recent 5 years, it has implemented more than 100 national and provincial funding researches, and has published more than 600 scientific papers. Four hundred of these have been cited by SCI, EI or ISTP. After 50 years of development, the department has become one of the important bases for mechanical research and training talented students in China. There are top level experimental centers in the Department of Engineering Mechanics, with an area of more than 3,000m2, and fixed assets of more than 10 Million RMB. Based on “Science and technology innovative intelligence base for structural mechanics behavior”, the academic communications are performed actively and good cooperative relations have been established , especially with some famous foreign universities and institutes such as Northwestern University (USA), Columbia Universtiy, University of California Berkeley,Liverpool Univesity, University of Nottingham, German Aerospace Center, Max Planck Institute (Germany), etc.