The Institute of Mechanics, Materials, and Civil Engineering (iMMC) of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) is a leading international center for research in engineering.  Its core strengths span several of the major engineering disciplines encompassing

Biomedical engineering

Chemical engineering

Civil and environmental engineering

Computational engineering

Dynamical and electromechanical systems


Fluid mechanics

Processing and characterisation of materials

Solid mechanics

The Institute provides an integrated environment for the advancement of engineering, with an emphasis on creativity and problem solving, and on bridging the gap between fundamental and applied research through a collective approach.


Modern experimental facilities are managed in three technology platforms:

Design, manufacturing and testing of electromechanical devices laboratory (CREDEM)

Analysis, characterization, and processing laboratory (LACAMI)

Mechanical testing, structures, and civil engineering laboratory (LEMSC)

Each platform, accessible to all members of the Institute, is organized with a specialized staff of several engineers and technicians. iMMC is actively involved in the UCL’s high-performance computing center to which full access is granted.


The Institute research engages in supporting economy and industry in the fields of aeronautics, transportation, energy conversion, new nuclear technologies, civil engineering, chemical engineering, chemical and biological processes, metallurgy, coatings and composites, mechatronic systems and robotics, and simulation software.


The members of iMMC are heavily involved in the education of engineers at the Louvain School of Engineering (EPL – Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain). They contribute to nurturing a new generation of engineers and graduate students who transcend the traditional engineering divisions and are prepared and committed to meet the changing needs of our society and to forge a sustainable future.