Research Areas

Michael T. Boyle, Ph.D. Profile

  • Experimental Approaches to Fluid Mechanics and Energy Problems
  • Heat Transfer in Machines
  • Modeling of Gas Turbines Power Plants
  • Macroscale Thermodynamics

Vincent Caccese, Ph.D., P.E. Profile

  • Design, Testing and Analysis of Impact Attenuating Materials
  • Design and Monitoring Systems for Assistive Devices
  • Structural Testing, and Finite Element Analysis Computer Modeling
  • Dynamic Systems Modeling and Testing
  • Fatigue Response of Connections

Sheila Edalatpour, Ph.D. Profile

  • Near- and Far-Field Radiative Energy Transfer
  • Computational Heat Transfer
  • Electromagnetic Light Scattering
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Thermal Energy Transport at Micro/Nanoscale

Wilhelm “Alex” Friess, Ph.D. Profile

  • Engineering Education
  • Energy Efficiency in the Build Environment (Extreme Climates) and Advanced Infiltration Diagnostics
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, with Focus on Lighter-Than-Air Vehicles

Andrew Goupee, Ph.D. Profile

  • Numerical Methods in Floating Offshore Structures
  • Model Testing of Floating Offshore Structures
  • Experimental Techniques
  • Structural Optimization
  • Multiscale Methods for Heterogeneous Materials

Babak Hejrati, Ph.D. Profile

  • Robotics and Robot-Assisted Gait Rehabilitation
  • Controls and Dynamic Systems
  • Biomechanics and Motion Analysis
  • Haptics and Virtual Reality
  • Mechanical Design and Manufacturing

Zhihe Jin, Ph.D. Profile

  • Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
  • Thermal Stresses and Thermal Shock Failure of Advanced Ceramics and Composites
  • Fluid Migration Through Fracture Propagation in Geological Materials
  • Thermo-Poroelasticity
  • Continuum Theory of Thermoelectric Energy Conversion Materials

Eric Martin, M.S. Profile

  • Instructional Methods to Improve Student Visualization Skills
  • Instructional Methods for Distance and Multi-campus Learning

Justin Poland, Ph.D. Profile

  • Solar Energy Systems for Thermal Heating – Building Ventilation Air, Cooking Food
  • Thermodynamics of Re-vaporization of Condensed Moisture in Two-Dimensional, Supersonic Wind Tunnel Testing
  • Heat Transfer in Double-Glazed Windows with Baffles between the Glazings
  • Influence of Phase-Change Material (PCM) Wallboard on Heat Load to Air Conditioned Spaces with Insulated Wood Stud Wall and Insulated Wood Joist Ceiling Construction

Olivier Putzeys, Ph.D., P.E. Profile

  • Combustion and Fire Science
  • Smoldering Combustion and the Transition to Flaming
  • Combustion in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres
  • Thermal Modeling of Animals using Infrared Thermography

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Masoud Rais-Rohani, Ph.D., P.E. Profile

  • Structural and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Design Optimization of Multiscale Systems
  • Mechanics of Thin-Walled (Aircraft, Automotive, and Composite) Structures
  • Probabilistic and Non-Probabilistic Approaches for Uncertainty Quantification
  • Reduced Order and Surrogate Modeling

Richard Sayles, Ph.D. Profile

  • Fluid Flow
  • Heat Transfer
  • Energy Related Studies using Numerical Techniques Including the Finite Element Method

Mohsen Shahinpoor, Ph.D., P.E. Profile

  • Smart/Intelligent Materials, Structures and Systems
  • Biomimetics, Nano-Bio Engineering and Artificial Muscles
  • Biologically-Inspired Engineering Systems, and Robotic Devices and Systems
  • Intelligent Robotic Systems, Robotic Surgery and Microsurgery
  • Health Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
  • Advanced Nanocomposites and Electroactive Polymers
  • Heart Assist Systems, Left Ventricular Assist Systems, Heart Failure Prevention
  • Bionic Vision and Ophthalmological Engineering
  • Neuro and Endovascular Surgical Tools and Medical Implants

Krish P. Thiagarajan, Ph.D. Profile

  • Marine Renewable Energy – Wind, Wave, Tidal and Thermal Energy Conversion
  • Hydrodynamics and Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Marine and Offshore Platform Design
  • Aquaculture Engineering
  • Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics

Senthil S. Vel, Ph.D. Profile

  • Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • Computational Solid Mechanics
  • Micromechanical Modeling of Heterogeneous Materials
  • Multiscale Modeling
  • Thermoelastic Properties, Seismic Anisotropy and Creep of Rocks, Ice and Polycrystalline Materials

Qian Xue, Ph.D. Profile

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Fluid-Structure-Acoustics Interaction
  • Numerical Methods
  • Voice Production Mechanism and Voice Control
  • Biological Locomotion

Yingchao Yang, Ph.D. Profile

  • Structural and Multifunctional Nanocomposites
  • Hierarchical Structures
  • Biomass for Energy Materials
  • Mechanics of Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials
  • Design and Fabrication of Micro-/Nano-Device

Xudong Zheng, Ph.D.  Profile

  • Sound Production by Flow Induced Elastic Wave with Application to Human Phonation, NSF CAREER
  • Numerical Investigation of Effects of Inner Anatomical Structure and Material Property of Vocal Fold on Phonation, NIH
  • The Relationship between Vortices, Acoustics and Vibration in Vocal Fold Asymmetry, NIH
  • Numerical Investigation of Myoelastic-Aerodynamic Mechanisms of Vocalization in Birds