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Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing

Mechanical Engineering

Our People

The Mechanical Engineering Department is comprised of a world-class faculty and a talented staff. Two of our faculty are members of the National Academy of Engineering, and many are fellows of professional societies or teaching and research award recipients. Our caring staff support our faculty and students so they can achieve their scholastic and educational goals and work for an even better tomorrow.

Our Faculty

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Ahmed A. Alshareef

Dr. Alshareef's research interests include injury biomechanics, experimental characterization of biological tissue, computational biomechanics, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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Sourav Banerjee

Dr. Banerjee's expertise and research interest include Computational NDE/SHM, Material State Awareness, Smart Structure/Energy Harvesting, Mechatronics/Robotics, Biomimetic, and Metamaterials.

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Abdel-Moez E. Bayoumi

Dr. Bayoumi's current areas of interest are: (1) study of Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) on military aircraft, (2) Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Mechatronics, and (3) design and applications of efficient energy resources and systems.

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Theodore M. Besmann

Dr. Besmann is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His 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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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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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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Wout De Backer

Wout De Backer is an Assistant Professor at the Thermoplastics 3D Printing Laboratory and SmartState Center for Multi-functional Materials and Structures.

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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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Austin Downey

Dr. Downey's research focuses on enhancing the safety and serviceability of structures through structural health monitoring and control. Topics include the investigation of algorithms enabling condition assessment, characterization of sensors, and design and development of structural control systems.

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Frederick L. Dryer

Dr. Dryer has over 45 years of applications-driven fundamental research experience in thermal sciences relevant to space and air-breathing propulsion, fossil and renewable energy conversion related to ground transportation and stationary power generation, combustion-related pollutant mitigation, and fire safety.

Ruixian Fang

Dr. Fang's research and interests are in the areas of Thermal-hydraulic safety analysis of advanced small modular reactor, Predictive modeling, sensitivity/uncertainty method for critical/subcritical nuclear systems, Heat transfer and fluid flow with phase changes, Applied Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD), Thermal management of power electronics, Micro-channels and synthetic jets, and System-level thermal modeling and simulation.

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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.

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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.

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Odell Glenn Jr.

Dr. Glenn’s technical research involved developing a novel approach to potentially reducing the potency of asthma triggers produced in indoor environments. In any environment, allergens are bound to dry dust particles. The effectiveness of using dry ice, essential oils with CO2 through CFD modeling and an ELISA assay was investigated. Dr. Glenn’s present passion is S.T.E.M education along with engineering education research.

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Joshua Gray

Joshua Gray is an experienced engineer with a diverse background ranging from educational instruction and mentoring roles, extensive experience in research and development environments, entrepreneurial start-ups and community-based non-profit social work.

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Andrew J. Gross

With a background in solid mechanics, interests are centered on the mechanical properties of materials. Specific topics of interest include: Design, fabrication, and characterization of architected materials; especially those with nanoscale constituents, the use of full field experimental data for the calibration of material models, plasticity and fracture behaviors of materials.

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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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L Larry Hamm

Dr. Hamm is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of South Carolina. His areas of research are subsurface contaminant transport within the environment; thermal hydraulic design and analysis of nuclear reactors.

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Ramy Harik

Dr. Harik’s expertise and fundamental research interests is in Advanced and Smart Manufacturing. In Advanced Manufacturing, Dr. Harik is concentrated on Automated Fiber Placement and Additive Manufacturing. Topics like Automation of Process Planning, Optimization of Build Orientation and toolpath trajectories, Design for Manufacturing and Inspection constitutes the essence of his interest. In Smart Manufacturing,

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Ming Hu

Dr. Hu's research interests include modeling and simulation of micro-/nano-scale thermal transport in novel energy systems, in particular low-dimensional materials and nanostructures, and energy nanotechnology, interfacial heat transfer for advanced thermal management, and multi-scale and multiphysics modeling of complex energy transport process.

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Kevin Huang

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

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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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Jamil A. Khan

Dr. Khan's research interest include modeling of manufacturing processes, temperature distribution during machining, heat transfer and fluid flow with phase change, 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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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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Dongkyu Lee

Dr. Lee's research interests lie at the intersection of synthesizing functional oxide materials by atomic control, understanding energy conversion and storage mechanisms as well as the physicochemical properties of materials, and applying a fundamental understanding to design advanced energy conversion and storage devices including solid oxide fuel cells, solid-state batteries, solar thermoelectric generators, and solar to fuel energy conversion devices.

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Junsoo Lee

Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. His expertise and research interests include stability theory, optimal control, multiagent systems, network control, and stochastic systems and control.

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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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Yue (Stanley) Ling

Dr. Ling's research is focused on the high-fidelity modeling and simulation of multiphase flows and heat transfer in thermal-energy and aerospace applications.

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Jed Lyons

Professor Lyons is our college's Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. His research interests include engineering materials and engineering education.

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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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Mostafa Mobli

Dr. Mostafa Mobli is Interested in numerical solutions to problems involving reactive flows and heat transfer.

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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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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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Tony Reynolds

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

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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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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.

Alejandro Rodriguez

Alejandro David Rodriguez

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Andrew Sabalowsky

Dr. Sabalowsky’s expertise is in project based design and computational method. His research involves Environmental Engineering

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Tarek Shazly

Dr. Shazly is the Graduate Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of South Carolina. His research 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.

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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.

Michael Sutton

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, and finite elements modeling of cracked bodies.

Brian Tatting

Brian Tatting

Dr. Tatting joined the research team at the McNAIR Center in 2016 to perform research and mentor graduate students, focusing on composite design and manufacture. His main topics included variable stiffness designs for cylinders, novel 3D optimization techniques for composites, and physics-based modeling of automated fiber placement (AFP), funded by The Boeing Company. Further work under NASA's ACC program investigated effects of defects formed during the AFP process on part reliability.

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Michel 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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James Tulenko

Prof. Tulenko is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of South Carolina. His research interests include nuclear fuel cycle, focusing on the processing, fabrication and in-core and ex-core performance of nuclear fuel, multi-scale simulation of nuclear fuel

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Juan A. Vitali

Juan A. Vitali is an adjunct professor of nuclear engineering. He is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Nuclear Energy Innovation for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President in The White House. His research interests are in microreactor design concepts, advanced fuel design, LENR, transportable reactors, molten salt, liquid metal and other designs.

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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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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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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 fluid structural interaction, microfluidics/nanofluidics, thermal and energy management, additive manufacturing, among others.

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Sang Hee Won

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

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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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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.

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Lang Yuan

Dr. Yuan’s research focuses on microstructure and defect formation during alloy solidification for Additive Manufacturing, casting and remelting technologies. His research interests also include Integrated Computational Materials Engineering, discrete element modeling, process development and optimization for additive, nucleation, X-Ray imaging and diffraction of solidification phenomena and data sciences.

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Caizhi Zhou

Dr. Zhou's research focuses on understanding the fundamental strengthening, deformation and failure mechanisms of advanced structural materials, by integrating both experimental and computational approaches, and provide a scientific basis for design and processing advanced materials with superior properties.

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Paul Ziehl

Dr. Ziehl oversees and maintains an active research program in the areas of structural prognostics, nondestructive evaluation, in-situ load testing, repair and strengthening, composite materials, and prestressed/reinforced concrete structures.


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