Matthew R. Begley

Matthew R. Begley

Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials


(805) 679-1122
2361B Engineering II
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Materials Research Areas: 


Fraunhofer-Bessel Award, Humboldt Foundation

Research Description: 

Simulating fracture: materials with evolving microstructure

  • Thermal barrier coatings
  • Environmental barrier coatings
  • Ceramic matrix composites
  • Explicit discrete element simulations

Novel materials synthesis

  • Field-assisted materials assembly
  • 3D printing/assembly of two-phase composites

Bio-inspired materials

  • Hierarchical ordered materials
  • Tensegrity structures
  • Minimization in LDOF systems
  • Field-assisted materials assembly


  • Pulsatile (unsteady) flows
  • Solid-fluid interactions
  • Acoustic assembly of particles
  • Frequency-specific behavior


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara