Mechanics Academy is an online resource for anyone interested in learning mechanics. The project aims to use interactive, application-relevant simulations to engage and teach students an exciting blend of mechanics, applied mathematics and computational science.
The overarching goals of the project are to:
The team behind Mechanics Academy is working hard on realising this vision. If you believe in the goals of the project, consider joining us!
Mechanics Academy consists of two primary technologies. The first is Django-based a system that offers a selection of scientific computing software as a service.
The second is a Ruby on Rails-based web app that employs this compute service. It presents application-relevant mechanics simulations to students along with more traditional learning material. As you can probably tell, we’re busy architecting and prototyping this app at the moment.
At the moment, “the team” consists only one enthusiastic individual: me (Harish Narayanan). I received my joint doctorate degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Scientific Computing Program at the University of Michigan in late 2007. From 2008 to late 2012, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Biomedical Computing at Simula Research Laboratory, Norway.
I greatly enjoy working with continuum field theories to model and understand biological phenomena, and much of my doctoral and postdoctoral research has revolved around biological physics and related mathematical methods. You can visit my personal web site to learn more.
Working on Mechanics Academy has been so fulfilling that I’ve recently (end 2012) started to focus on it full time. I have since been working hard on the technology underlying the site and hope to have an initial release out by mid April, 2013. Follow the Mechanics Academy blog for more up-to-date news, and do get in touch if you’re interested in collaborating with me on this project!
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