Mechanical Engineering Faculty

Primary Faculty

Adrian Bejan

Adrian Bejan

J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: A wide range of topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, convection and porous media. More recently, he developed the constructal law of design in nature.

Donald B. Bliss

Donald B. Bliss

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, acoustics, and structural dynamics

Leila Bridgeman

Leila Bridgeman

Postdoctoral Associate

Research Interests: Robust and optimal control, linear matrix inequalities (LMIs), model predictive control (MPC), delayed systems, input-output stability, passivity.

Chuan-Hua Chen

Chuan-Hua Chen

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Research Interests: Our research deals with experimental and theoretical investigations of small-scale physicochemical hydrodynamics, where transport and interfacial phenomena closely interact with each other. By manipulating surface tension actively and passively, e.g. using electric fields and surface structures, we...

Earl H. Dowell

Earl H. Dowell

William Holland Hall Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Aeroelasticity, the study of the dynamic interaction between an aerodynamic flow and an elastic structure, such as aircraft wings in high speed flight, long span bridges and tall buildings responding to wind loadings, or airflow through the mouth and lungs. Dr. Dowell has also conducted research in...

Linda Franzoni

Linda Franzoni

Professor of the Practice

Research Interests: Franzoni specializes in acoustics, and structural dynamics and vibration. Practical applications of this work include: acoustics of enclosures (rooms or vehicle interiors) and underwater acoustics (acoustic radiation and scattering from submarines).

Kenneth C. Hall

Kenneth C. Hall

Julian Francis Abele Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Unsteady aerodynamics, structural dynamics, and aeroelasticity of turbomachinery and aerospace vehicles. Novel approaches to modeling complex physical phenomena using computational fluid dynamics. Optimization and sensitivity analysis. Fluid dynamics of animal propulsion.

Nico Hotz

Nico Hotz

Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Research Interests: My research interests are in the area of interfacial transport phenomena and thermodynamics in energy technology including phenomena at the micro- and nanoscale. Thermodynamics aspects of photovoltaics, novel sustainable energy conversion technologies, and chemical reactions are an essential part...

Laurens E. Howle

Laurens E. Howle

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Hydroelastic modeling of deformable structures, transport in thermal and chemical systems, experimental and computational fluid dynamics, nonlinear and complex systems, heat and mass transport in biological systems, stability of fluid motions, machine learning, data mining, econophysics, reduced...

Tony Jun Huang

Tony Jun Huang

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Acoustofluidics, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, biomedical micro-electro-mechanical systems (BioMEMS), optofluidics, plasmofluidics.

Robert Kielb

Robert Kielb

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Research Interests: Unsteady aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, mistuning, damping, and probabilistic methods. Principal investigator on AFOSR, DARPA, NASA, and Industrial funded research projects. Provides consultion services to turbine engine companies, including most major companies. Teaches undergraduate and graduate...

Josiah D. Knight

Josiah D. Knight

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and dynamics

Brian Mann

Brian Mann

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Nonlinear dynamics and vibration utilizing analytical, numerical, and experimental techniques. Fundamental investigations of phenomenon and application areas where dynamical systems theory plays an important role.

Sophia Santillan

Sophia Santillan

Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Engineering education, nonlinear systems, structural mechanics and numerical methods.

Edward J. Shaughnessy

Edward J. Shaughnessy

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Analytical, experimental, and computational studies of flow problems arising in biology, medicine, and biotechnology as well as in more traditional mechanical engineering applications.

Walter Neal Simmons

Walter Neal Simmons

Gendell Family Associate Professor of the Practice

Lawrence N. Virgin

Lawrence N. Virgin

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Study of the behavior of nonlinear dynamical systems, including the investigation of the fundamental nature of nonlinear systems based on a mathematical description of their underlying equations of motion and the application of recent results from nonlinear dynamical systems theory to problems of...

Benjamin Yellen

Benjamin Yellen

Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Our group currently has two main research activities. Project #1. Development of single cell random access memory. The goal of this project is to develop an automated system for reading and writing single cells (e.g., immune cells, yeast cells, etc.) to arbitrary sites on a micro fabricated chip...

Pei Zhong

Pei Zhong

Anderson-Rupp Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Ultrasound-targeted gene delivery and activation; Synergistic combination of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and immunotherapy for cancer treatment; Innovations in shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) technology; and Mechanics and bioeffects of acoustic cavitation.

Secondary Faculty

Wilkins Aquino

Wilkins Aquino

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Computational mechanics, finite element methods, computational inverse problems and their applications in engineering and biomedicine, scientific computing, computational acoustics and acoustics-structure interaction, coupled chemo-mechanics (e.g. electrochemistry-mechanics).

John Everett Dolbow

John Everett Dolbow

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Modeling quasi-static and dynamic fracture of structural components, the evolution of interfaces with nonlinear constitutive laws, and developing models for stimulus-responsive hydrogels

Dennis Onyeka Frank-Ito

Dennis Onyeka Frank-Ito

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Research Interests: Modeling the effects of human airway anatomy on respiratory airflow patterns, deposition of inhaled gases and particle transport using computational fluid dynamics.

Tomasz Hueckel

Tomasz Hueckel

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: mechanics of materials, theoretical soil mechanics, rock mechanics, and environmental geomechanics, theory of plasticity

Rendon C. Nelson

Rendon C. Nelson

Reed and Martha Rice Professor of Radiology, in the School of Medicine

Research Interests: Diagnostic imaging of the liver, detection and characterization of focal and diffuse processes by US, CT and MRI; percutaneous image-guided thermal ablation of hepatic and renal tumors.

Guglielmo Scovazzi

Guglielmo Scovazzi

Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Finite element methods, computational fluid and solid mechanics, multiphase porous media flows, computational methods for fluid and solid materials under extreme load conditions, turbulent flow computations, instability phenomena.

Thomas Peter Witelski

Thomas Peter Witelski

Professor in the Department of Mathematics

Research Interests: My primary area of expertise is the solution of nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations via perturbation methods. Using asymptotics along with a mixture of other applied mathematical techniques in analysis and scientific computing I study a broad range of applications in physical...

Research Faculty

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Po-Hsun Huang

Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sci

Regis Kopper

Regis Kopper

Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: 3D user interfaces, novel interaction techniques and immersive display systems.

Jeffrey P. Thomas

Jeffrey P. Thomas

Assistant Research Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Computational aeroelasticity.

Adjunct Faculty

Silvia Ferrari

Silvia Ferrari

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Design and analysis of methods and algorithms for learning and computational intelligence. Theory and approximation properties of network models, such as neural and probabilistic networks, for the purpose of enhancing their learning abilities and improving reliability. Approximate dynamic...

Jason Jerald

Jason Jerald

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Tod A. Laursen

Tod A. Laursen

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Engineering computing and engineering science, continuum mechanics, engineering analysis, finite element methods, and the use of finite element methods for the solution of nonlinear problems, with a special interest in the modeling of physical systems exhibiting contact and friction phenomena in...

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Jamie Snape

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sci

Visiting Faculty

Dean Culver

Dean Culver

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sci

Research Interests: Nonlinear dynamics, vibration analysis, applied mathematics.