Matthew DeVries

Mentor: Dr. Ghatu Subhash
Mechanical Engineering
"While studying Mechanics of Materials I soon realized that solid mechanics was the direction that I wanted to pursue in mechanical engineering. I have always challenged myself to learn new things whenever possible, and working in lab provided me a way to do just that while further developing my interest in solid mechanics. For me, lab is an escape from the hustle and bustle of my undergraduate studies, and provides an outlet to challenge myself while advancing the field of engineering."


Mechanical Engineering



Research Interests

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • High Strain Rate Mechanics

Academic Awards

  • Anderson Scholar with Honors


  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Historian and Webmaster
  • Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society - Secretary
  • ASME and MAE Peer Advising Programs


  • GatorTRAX

Hobbies and Interests

  • Gator Athletic Events
  • Sports
  • Saxophone

Research Description

Rate Dependent Hardness and Amorphization Behavior of Nano-structure Boron Carbide

Boron Carbide is an extremely hard material that is highly useful for armor and abrasives. While polycrystalline large-grain B4C has been studied extensively, the behavior nanostructure B4C has never been investigated. My research will focus on investigating the strain rate dependent hardness and amorphization characteristics of nano-crystalline B4C. I will utilize static indentation and dynamic indentation to evaluate the hardness as a function of load and strain rate. Using Raman Spectroscopy I will also investigate the propensity for amorphization of nano-crystalline B4C. The large grain B4C has been known to amorphize under high pressures, whereas nano-crystalline materials are expected to resist such weakening mechanism due to their enhanced strength. My research will compare and contrast the hardness and amorphization behavior between nano-crystalline and large size B4C.