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Technical Specialties of MME Faculty

The faculty of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department is organized into three groups: Design and Manufacturing, Materials Science, and Thermal and Fluid Sciences. The organization reflects the research interests of the faculty, and the courses each group is responsible for teaching.


Design and Manufacturing Group

Name Specialty
Faryar Etesami Mechanical Design, Computer-Aided Design, Mechanical Tolerancing, and Statistical Process Improvement.
Evan Thomas Microgravity fluid management, spacecraft water recovery, sustainable life support systems, international sustainable development, surface water treatment and renewable energy for developing communities; remote monitoring systems.
Dave Turcic Analysis and design of high speed mechanical systems, system design, motion synthesis for manufacturing and material handling processes, design for manufacturing, robotics, computer aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, geometric modeling, automatic controls, and experimental methods.
Chien Wern Mechanical testing, fatigue testing, fracture mechanics, manufacturing process optimization, instrumentation, and robotics.
Sung Yi Electronic Packaging, Delamination and Failure mechanisms of IC packages and Composites, Constitutive Modeling and Characterization of Engineering Materials, Numerical Modeling and Simulation of Manufacturing Process of Polymer Matrix Composites and IC Packages.
Hormoz Zareh Design Analysis and simulation with Finite Element techniques, Computer-Aided Design, Design optimization.


Materials Science Group

Name Specialty
Jun Jiao Conduct nanomaterials research by using chemical vapor deposition (CVD), plasma enhanced CVD, inductively coupled plasma CVD and laser ablation techniques to synthesize nanoscaled materials including graphene (wafer size), nanotubes (CNTs), metal and metal oxide nanoparticles, and semiconductor nanowires. Develop novel techniques of using a focused ion beam (FIB) system to fabricate electronic nanodevices. Investigate graphene and CNTs as building blacks for nanoelectronics. Explore various nanostructures including CNTs, metal/metal oxide nanoparticles and their hybrids for biomedical applications.
Lemmy Meekisho Numerical modeling and simulation of thermal-mechanical behavior of materials and processes; Micro manufacturing of MEMS devices; Programming, data analysis and visualization with MATLAB.
Richard Nordstrom Acoustic emission, materials testing and measurements.
Mostafa Saber Nanostructured Alloys, Non-Equilibrium Processing of Alloys, Thermodynamic of Nanocrystalline Materials, Alloy Design, New Developments in Lightweight Alloys, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Heat Treatment, Microstructural Characterization, Thermal Stability of Nanocrystalline Alloys, Simulation of Microstructure Evolution, Powder Metallurgy.
William Wood Synthesis, structure, and properties of materials. Analysis of the structure/property/compositional relationships of super-alloys, ultrahigh strength and structural steel alloys, hydrogen embrittlement delayed cracking, laser surface alloying, welding of thick section ferrous and nonferrous alloys, and electroslag surfacing.


Thermal and Fluid Science Group

Name Specialty
Raúl Bayoán Cal Turbulent Boundary Layers: Pressure Gradients, Surface Roughness, Upstream Conditions, Free-stream Turbulence; Wind Turbine Arrays/Boundary Layer Interaction; Laser-based Experimental Techniques.
Huafen Hu Building modeling and simulation, natural/hybrid ventilation design, model-based control, building design and control under uncertainties, home energy management.
Nathalie Neve

Micro Particle Image Velocimetry, Measurements of flow in microdevices, Single Cell Biomechanics, Cardiovascular Devices.

Gerald Recktenwald Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Fluid mechanics, Heat transfer, Thermal management of electronic equipment, Numerical modeling, Student learning and assessment, Inquiry-based education.
David Sailor Measurements and modeling of the urban climate system and the interactions between buildings and the urban atmosphere; evaluation of sustainable building technologies with an emphasis on energy performance for new buildings and retrofit applications.
Derek Tretheway Micro Particle Image Velocimetry, Measurements of flow in microdevices, non-Newtonian fluid flow.
Mark Weislogel Fluid-thermal/Fluid-sciences, capillary fluidics: macroscale and microscale capillary-driven flows in complex geometries, passive cooling systems, microscale thermal devices, microgravity fluid mechanics. Applications to spacecraft fluid systems and terrestrial microfluidic systems.