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Mechanical Engineering

Our People

With 33 faculty members and a dedicated staff, the Mechanical Engineering Department prides itself on serving our students and their families both in and out of the classroom.

Academic Faculty

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Dr. Jamil Khan

Dr. Khan's research interest include modeling of manufacturing processes, temperature distribution during machining, heat transfer and fluid flow with phase change (solidification/melting in casting, welding), computational and experimental fluid dynamics related to contaminants transport in rooms, heat transfer in porous media, micro-channel heat transfer, thermodynamic analysis of IC Engines, CFD analysis of combustion processes etc.

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Dr. Sourav Banerjee

Dr. Banerjee’s expertise and fundamental research interests are in the general areas of Acousto-Ultrasonic Multi-scale Imaging and Physics based Mult-scalePredictive Model for Engineering and Biological materials.

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Dr. Abdel Bayoumi

Dr. Bayoumi's research interest includes Smart Predictive Systems, CBM, Design, Advanced Manufacturing and Biomechanics.

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Dr. Theodore M. Besmann

Dr. Besmann's research interests are related to thermochemical experiment and modeling for nuclear fuel development and in-reactor behavior, and development of advanced nuclear waste forms.

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Dr. Dan Gabriel Cacuci

Director, Center of Economic Excellence in Nuclear Science and Energy.

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Dr. Yuh J. Chao

Dr. Chao's research and interests include theoretical and experimental studies on failure, fracture and fatigue of materials and structures, welding modeling for residual stress and distortion, impact mechanics for material characterization and failure criterion, biomechanics and nanomechanics, and the durability of PEM fuel cell systems.

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Dr. Fanglin(Frank) Chen

Dr. Chen’s research interests include synthesis and characterization of materials for energy conversion and storage, catalysis and electrocatalysis, composition, structure & property relationship, ionic and electronic conducting ceramics, solid oxide fuel cells, solid oxide electrolysis cells, and gas separation membranes.

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Dr. Xiaomin Deng

Dr. Deng's research and interests include nanomechanics/atomistic simulation, fracture mechanics/crack-growth simulation, manufacturing process modeling/simulation (friction stir welding, metal cutting, GMA welding).

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Dr. Frederick Dryer

Dr. Dryer's current research interests include: chemistry/chemical kinetics of fuels and hazardous waste materials as related to ignition, combustion, and emissions generation/abatement; petroleum-derived fuels, including gasoline, diesel, gas turbine, and heavy fuel oil combustion properties; non-petroleum-derived alternative fuels, their production, their chemical kinetic properties, and their ability to address U.S. energy security and reduction in net carbon cycle emissions as well as other pollutant concerns; fire safety related issues on earth and in micro gravity environments; solid phase/gas phase interactions as related to particle burning phenomena and nano-catalyst materials; emissions from internal combustion engines, including hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, aerosol

Dr. Farouk

Dr. Tanvir I. Farouk

Dr. Farouk’s expertise is in the general area of Reacting Thermal Fluid Sciences involving plasma, combustion multiphase reacting flow, chemical-kinetics-turbulence interaction and energy systems. His research interests are in multi-scale, multi-physics computational model development for studying complex phenomena e.g. plasma discharge, micro-nano scale systems.

Dr. Victor Giurgiutiu

Dr. Victor Giurgiutiu (Jurjutzu)

Dr. Giurgiutiu's research interests span active materials, smart structures, structural health monitoring, mechatronics, and other multi-physics applied mechanics topics. Dr. Giurgiutiu has published several books and book chapters and many journal articles and conference papers. He is Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is Associate Editor of the Aeronautical Journal of RAeS.

Zafer Gurdal

Dr. Zafer Gürdal

Dr. Gürdal’s research interests are in structural and multidisciplinary design and optimization, design and optimization of composite materials and structures, and computational methods for design with manufacturing emphasis. His research has largely been funded by NASA Langley Research Center and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in the US, and EU Research Frame work programs in Europe.

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Dr. Ramy Harik

Dr. Harik’s research interest include automated tool path planning for fiber placement, automation of process planning for aircraft structural parts, mechanical feature shape recognition based on persistent heat signature, 5-axis flank milling optimization and obtaining an optimal part build orientation efficiently in additive manufacturing.

Dr. Kevin Huang

Dr. Kevin Huang

Dr. Huang's research interests include solid oxide electrochemical cells, storage batteries, gas separation membranes, solid state defect chemistry and electrochemistry.

Dr. Xinyu Huang

Dr. Xinyu Huang

Dr. Huang's research interests include mechanics and durability of functional and structural composite materials, in  particular, composite materials in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, structural composites, and coatings.

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Dr. Addis Kidane

Dr. Kidane's research interest includes Fracture, shock & Impact Mechanics, Multifunctional material.

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Dr. Travis W. Knight

Dr. Knight's research and interests are in the areas of advanced nuclear fuels and materials, Nuclear safeguards, Nuclear fuel cycle, Alternative uses of nuclear power including hydrogen, space nuclear power and propulsion. 

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Dr. Chen Li

Dr. Li's research interest are micro/nano-scale two-phase heat and flow physics, prediction, control and modeling. Aim at basic research in developing and verifying theories for two-phase transport behaviors and the application of these theories towards controlling two-phase heat and flows at micro/nano-scale.

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Dr. Jed Lyons

Dr. Lyons' research and interests include engineering education, composites and reinforced plastics, design and manufacturing of renewable materials.

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Dr. Prasun K. Majumdar

Dr. Majumdar expertise and interest encompass the broad areas of engineered heterogeneous materials such as ceramics, polymers, and their composites in different applications (aerospace, mechanical, civil infrastructure, nuclear and biomaterials etc).

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Dr. Stephen McNeill

Dr. McNeill's research and interests include computer vision, digital image correlation, microprocessors, experimental mechanics and reverse engineering.

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Dr. Cyrus Riahi-Nezhad

Dr. Riahi-Nezhad’s broad areas of specialization are based on innovative combinations of fluid mechanics, separation science, and heterogeneous catalysis.

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Dr. Wally Peters

Dr. Peters' research and interests include Complex Systems Study and Design.

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Dr. Tony Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds' research and interests include friction stir welding, fatigue and fracture, experimental micro-mechanics, quantitative fractographic analysis.

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Dr. David Rocheleau

Dr. Rocheleau’s group has interest in machine design and machine component design. His group has done work in optimizing the design of epicyclic gear trains to ensure long life and reduced noise. Work has also been done in helping small to medium size companies in a wide area of product design issues.

Dr. Scopatz

Dr. Anthony M. Scopatz

Dr. Scopatz’s research interests revolve around essential physics modeling of the nuclear fuel cycle, information theory & entropy, predictive modeling, and the broader realm of computational science. He is a fellow of the Python Software Foundation. Dr. Scopatz has published and spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of engineering, science, and software development topics.

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Dr. Tarek Shazly

The research in Dr. Shazly’s lab is focused on defining and characterizing relevant tissue properties for clinical applications and rationally designing polymeric biomaterials that leverage local biology to enhance therapeutic gain. His specific interests include physiological mechanical testing of soft matter, mechanical modeling, multiphysics-based computational modeling, tissue-material adhesion and tissue scaffold engineering.

Subramani Sockalingam

Dr. Subramani Sockalingam

Dr. Sockalingam’s research interests include development of advanced composite materials that are light weight and stronger through a multiscale experimental and computational approach for aerospace, automotive and defense applications. His expertise are in multiscale finite element modeling and analysis, material characterization, constitutive model development, ballistic impact, design and development of body and vehicle armor, automotive crashworthiness and engineering consulting.

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Dr. Michael Sutton

Dr. Sutton's research and interests include coherent and incoherent optics applications, experimental mechanics, digital image processing, Computer Vision, applications of integral methods and experimental mechanics, boundary valve problems, plastic fracture mechanics, finite elements modeling of cracked bodies.

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Dr. Michael Van Tooren

Dr. Van Tooren's research interest include Design Automation, Knowledge Based Engineering, Alternative aircraft concepts, Composite aircraft fuselages, Aircraft Certification, Systems Engineering and Road vehicle aerodynamics.

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Dr. Nikolaos (Nikos) Vitzilaios

Dr. Vitzilaios’ research interests are in the broad area of Autonomous Unmanned Systems and include Robotics, Intelligent Systems, Mechatronics, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), perception and autonomous navigation of mobile robots, operational autonomy, field robotics, robot teams, automation, control systems, and machine learning.

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Dr. Guiren Wang

Dr. Wang's research and interests include micro/nanofluidics, lab-on-a-chip, far field optical nanoscopy, super-resolution imaging, cancer detection, fluorescence spectroscopy, tissue engineering, fluid dynamics, turbulence and mixing.

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Dr. Yi Wang

Dr. Wang’s research interests include Computational and data-enabled science and engineering (CDS&E) and its applications in multiphysics and multiscale systems engineering, including aerospace, microfluidics/nanofluidics, thermal and energy management, additive manufacturing, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), among others.

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Dr. Sang Hee Won

Dr. Won's interest are experimental and numerical energy conversion physics, including experimental characterization ofchemical kinetic behaviors for conventional and alternative fuels, development of predictive chemicalkinetic models for real fuel combustion, plasma-assisted combustion, fundamental combustion physics,and quantitative laser diagnostic techniques. 

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Dr. Xingjian (Chris) Xue

Dr. Xue’s research interests include Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells, Gas Separation Membranes, Materials for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, Reliability and Durability of Functional and Structural Materials, Transport Phenomena and Electrochemical Kinetics.

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Dr. Lingyu Yu

Dr. Lingyu Yu’s research interests include structural health monitoring (SHM) and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) using ultrasonic guided waves supported by active sensor technology, theoretical modeling, advanced signal processing and data analysis; damage diagnosis in complicated structures; scanning laser vibrometry for guided wave propagation; and mechatronics.

 

Emeritus Faculty

 

Adjunct Faculty

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Dr. Joshua Tarbutton

Dr. Tarbutton’s research interests are in advanced manufacturing, automated machining, tool path planning, parallel hardware acceleration, optimization, mechatronics, control systems, system identification, and signal processing.

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Dr. Thad Adams

Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Madalina Badea

Dr. Badea specializes in sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification, as well as predictive modelling (including data assimilation, model calibration and validation).

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Leo Carrilho

Dr. Carrilho’s research and interests include product design and analysis, modeling of manufacturing processes, nuclear fuel material, structural and thermo hydraulic performance, experimental and finite element analysis of structures and components, experimental and finite element/volume analysis of fluid flow and heat transfer.

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Xu Cheng

Prof. Cheng's main research fields are nuclear thermal-hydraulics and nuclear safety.

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Dr. Joshua Gray

 

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Dr. L Larry Hamm

 

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Val Loiselle

Prof. Loiselle's research and interests include nuclear engineering, environmental remediation, emphasis on waste management and disposal of EPA pond closures and metal recycle manufacturing.

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Dr. Dale McCants

Dr. McCants research interests include nanofluids heat transfer mechanics, electronics thermal management, experimental and computational fluid dynamics with heat transfer. 

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Dr. Jeff Norrell

Adjunct Professor

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Elwyn Roberts

Dr. Robert's research and interests include materials performance in nuclear reactors, product design, manufacturing and concurrent engineering.

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Prof. James Tulenko

Adjunct Professor 

Dr. Titan Paul

Dr. Titan C. Paul

Dr. Paul’s research interest includes Energy storage liquid for solar technologies, Heat transfer with phase change, Numerical methods in conjugate heat and mass transfer problem,Thermal management of microelectronics, and Heat transfer and moisture migration problems in building environment. 

 

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