Jeffrey Eischen

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs

Dr. Eischen is interested in computational solid mechanics, elasticity, fracture mechanics, and fabric mechanics. His long-term goal is to contribute to the advancement of computational solid mechanics.

Dr. Eischen teaches Fracture Mechanics (MAE 543). This is a classical course that assesses the effects of cracks on the failure of structures and residual life. He augments the classical material with numerous case studies of industrial failures.

At the undergraduate level, Dr. Eischen teaches Strength of Mechanical Components (MAE 316) and Analysis for Mechanical Engineering Design (MAE 415). In both courses, he relates the subject to the real-world design failures he has gathered through his industrial interactions. He tends to teach the concepts through the use of a good number of examples.

Dr. Eischen’s graduate students have a strong interest in solid mechanics and some experience with the finite element and other computational methods. While working with Dr. Eischen they gain experience with cutting-edge computational methods capable of solving a wide range of problems.

Outside of work, Dr. Eischen enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities with his wife and two  sons, including exercising, barbecuing , and wakeboarding.


Ph.D. 1986

Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University

M.S. 1981

Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University

B.S. 1978

Civil Engineering

University of California at Los Angeles

Research Description

Dr. Eischen's research focuses on computer modeling of complex structural behavior and making computing more accessible to undergraduate students.

Honors and Awards

  • ASME District F Student Section Advisor Award, 2011
  • NCSU College of Engineering George H. Blessis Undergraduate Adviser Award, 2012
  • Thank a Teacher Award, Provosts Office, 2016


CAD Apps for Core Courses in AE and ME Curricula: Bridge Funding 
The MathWorks, Inc.(1/01/16 - 5/31/17)
CAD Apps for Core Courses in AE and ME Curricula
The MathWorks, Inc.(5/16/13 - 5/14/15)
Computational Simulation of the Joint Expeditionary Collective Protection (JECP) System
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)(6/24/08 - 6/24/13)
LAT - Live Axis Turning
National Science Foundation (NSF)(4/01/06 - 9/30/09)
Ninth Pan Americsn Congress of Applied Mechanics
US Air Force (USAF)(7/01/05 - 2/28/06)
Ninth Pan American Congress of Applied Mechanics
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/05 - 7/31/06)