Oliver O'Reilly

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(510) 642-0877
(510) 643-5599
Research Expertise and Interest
continuum mechanics, vibrations, dynamics

I am primarily interested in developing and analyzing models of physical systems in order to explain and or predict their dynamics. The applications considered in my research include MEMS strain gauges, satellite dynamics, toys (the dynabee, the Hoberman sphere and Euler's disk), axially moving media and MEMS resonators for UHF applications. I am also interested in the history of science, geometric and numerical methods in dynamics, theories of deformable bodies and great teaching.

In the News

April 9, 2017

Shoe-string theory: Science shows why shoelaces come untied

A new study by mechanical engineers at UC Berkeley finally shows why your shoelaces may keep coming untied. It’s a question that everyone asks, often after stopping to retie their shoes, yet one that nobody had investigated until now.