Professor Gibson has taught undergraduate subjects on mechanical behaviour of materials, structural engineering and fluid mechanics, as well as service learning freshman seminars on biomimicking and the engineering of trees. She has taught graduate subjects on mechanical behaviour of materials and on cellular solids.

In the fall of the 2015-16 academic year, Professor Gibson taught 3.032 Mechanical Behavior of Materials both at MIT and as an online subject through edX (3.032x). This spring, Professor Gibson is offering 3.054x Cellular Solids: Structure, Properties and Applications, as an online subject. Professor Gibson is on sabbatical this spring term and is not teaching at MIT. An introduction to 3.032x is described in the video:


In Cellular Solids, we explore the processing and structure of cellular solids as they are created from polymers, metals, ceramics, glasses and composites. We derive models for the mechanical properties of honeycombs and foams, and we discover how the unique properties of these materials can be exploited in applications such as lightweight structural panels, energy absorption devices, and thermal insulation.

The Cellular Solids: Structures, Properties and Applications course provides a general understanding of cellular solids. Following this module, learners will be prepared to take one or both add-on modules to learn more about applications in medicine and to cellular materials in nature:

An introduction to 3.054x, Cellular Solids: Structure, Properties and Applications is described in the video: