New Faculty Positions (Inviting Applications!)

Meet the Latest Additions to Our Faculty

Dr. Babak Hejrati

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
Postdoctoral Research at Harvard University

Research Interests: Robotics, Wearable Robots, Robot-Assisted Gait Rehabilitation; Controls and Dynamic Systems; Biomechanics and Motion Analysis; Haptics and Virtual Reality; and Mechanical Design and Manufacturing 

Dr. Justin Lapp

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Postdoctoral Research at German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Research Interests: Solar Thermal Energy and Thermochemistry; Numerical Heat Transfer Modeling for High Temperature Systems; Thermal Radiation; Material Behavior under Solar Thermal Cycling; and Thermal Material Properties

Dr. Yingchao Yang

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina
Postdoctoral Research at Rice University

Research Interests: Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials; Structural and Multifunctional Nanocomposites; Biomass Based Three-Dimensional Porous Materials for Environmental Sustainability; and Design and Fabrication of Micro-/Nano-Devices 

Celebrating Faculty and Staff Achievements

Prof. Senthil Vel is the recipient of the 2018 Presidential Outstanding Teaching AwarSenthil Veld at UMaine. Recognized as an inspiring and gifted teacher, students rush to sign up for his courses, no matter the subject. He encourages and challenges students to develop deep knowledge of the subjects they are studying, and constantly improve their communication and critical thinking skills. Prof. Vel’s teaching is informed by his research in the mechanics of composite materials, computational solid mechanics, and multiscale modeling of heterogeneous and polycrystalline materials. 

Alex Freiss faculty photoDr. Xudong Zheng (left) has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, and Dr. Alex Friess has been granted tenure in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.