Mark E. Mear earned his Ph.D. in engineering science from Harvard University in 1986. He joined the faculty of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin in 1987. Mear is affiliated with the Center for Subsurface Modeling in the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering & Sciences.
Mear researches theoretical and applied solid mechanics, with an emphasis on the mechanical behavior of materials and fracture mechanics. He focuses on the development of numerical techniques for three-dimensional fracture analysis. He also works in the field of micromechanics, modeling the elastic and inelastic behavior of materials that are reinforced by particulates or weakened by voids and cracks.
His research interests include development of numerical techniques for fracture analysis, integral equation modeling of discontinuities in elastic solids, micromechanical modeling, and development of constitutive relations for damaged materials.