FEA modeling simulation

A test specimen for measuring dissipation across a lap joint under different loading environments (top), and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) predictions for the same system (bottom).

When offered

June 19th, 2017 through July 28th, 2017

Who can apply

Graduate (MS and PhD) students and early career (post-PhD) researchers who specialize in mechanical engineering or related disciplines and have an interest in nonlinear mechanics and dynamics research.



The Nonlinear Mechanics and Dynamics (NOMAD) Research Institute is hosted by Sandia National Laboratories but is held at the Manufacturing Training and Technology Center (MTTC) building at the University of New Mexico campus.


The NOMAD Research Institute brings together graduate students and early career researchers to work in small teams on computational and experimental projects germane to nonlinear mechanics and dynamics.

The goals of NOMAD are to form collaborations between national laboratories, academia, and industry and to make significant progress toward solving major challenges in mechanical engineering. Participants are expected to publish the results from their projects and/or present their findings at an appropriate conference.

Additional Information

NOMAD is a collaborative research opportunity and not a paid internship. Interested students should contact nomad@sandia.gov and view the NOMAD flyer (PDF, 382 kB) for more details.