Meet Our New 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. Zhihe Jin was recently promoted to the rank of Fellow in ASME for his outstanding contributions to the fundamentals of fracture of functionally graded materials and structures. A member of the faculty at UMaine since 2005, Prof. Jin has an extensive record of scholarly publications including a book, Fracture Mechanics, he co-authored with Prof. C.T. Sun in 2012.

At the Thirty-Eighth Annual Edward T. Bryand Recognition Banquet in the College of Engineering, mechanical engineering faculty and staff were recognized for their achievements.

Stephen Abbadessa (Leila C. Lowell Award), Qian Xue (Early Career Research Award), and Olivier Putzeys (Early Career Teaching Award)

Francis Crowe Society

The purpose of the Francis Crowe Society is to recognize UMaine engineering graduates as they accomplish the formidable goal of completing their engineering degrees and to recognize others who have made considerable engineering contributions and honored the profession.

Mechanical engineering inductees in December 2017 are (left to right) Dr. Babak Hejrati, Ms. Karen Morrison, Dr. Yingchao Yang, and Dr. Masoud Rais-Rohani.

Our Distinguished Member, Ms. Morrison, received her BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine in 1988. Read More