Research Focus Areas

Aerospace Engineering

Fluids and Plasmas

Professor Blandino: Plasma dynamics; microfluidics
Professor Evans: Rotating flows; flow control
Professor Gatsonis: Computational fluid, gas and plasma dynamics; micro- and nano-fluidics; rarefied flows
Professor Olinger: Fluid-structure interaction; low speed aerodynamics
Professor Yagoobi: Electrohydrodynamics; liquid/vapor phase change; micro- and nano-fluidics, augmentation of heat transfer; impinging jets

Propulsion and Energy

Professor Blandino: Electric propulsion and micropropulsion
Professor Evans: Turbomachinery; aero-engine inlets
Professor Gatsonis: Micropropulsion; spacecraft-environment interactions.
Professor Olinger: Wind energy

Controls and Dynamics

Professor Demetriou: Controls; flexible structures; spacecraft dynamics; mobile sensor and actuator networks; fluid-structure interaction systems

Structures and Materials

Professor Chierichetti: Structural dynamics; inverse problems; anisotropic beam theories
Professor Demetriou: Smart material structures, vibrations
Professor Richman: Mechanics of granular media, including compaction of powders, and constitutive modeling of rapid flows and their interactions with vibrating boundaries;

Educational, STEM and Outreach Initiatives

Professors Gatsonis, Blandino, Demetriou, Olinger


Materials Science & Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering

Materials Processing

Professor Apelian: casting; powder metallurgy; thermal spray; friction stir processing
Professor Lados: casting; powder metallurgy; friction stir welding; additive manufacturing; cold spray processing; design and processing of nano-structured alloys
Professor Liang: Nano-manufacturing
Professor Makhlouf: casting; powder metallurgy and ceramics
Professor Brown: Abrasive processes and machining; Axiomatic Design of manufacturing processes;
Professor Rong: Machining and Grinding
Professor Sisson: heat treating; cold spray processing; coatings
Professor Wang: new material and electrode structure for Li ion batteries
Professor Bar-On: cost modeling of manufacturing processes

Integrated Computational Materials Engineering

Professor Makhlouf: modeling materials processes
Professor Sisson: modeling materials processes and degradation
Professor Fofana: Reliability analysis of manufacturing processes

Sustainability

Professor Apelian: Resource recovery and recycling
Professor Lados: Integrative Materials Design
Professor Wang: Li ion battery recycling
Professor Bar-On: Energy-Water nexus

Mechanical Behavior

Professor Bar-On: fracture and fatigue of ceramics
Professor Lados: fatigue; fatigue crack growth; fracture; and creep of metallic materials

Nanomaterials and Nano-manufacturing

Professor Liang: Nano-templates
Professor Demetry: electrical and magnetic properties of nano-ceramics
Professor Makhlouf: Design and processing of Nanostructured alloys
Professor Apelian: Design and processing of Nanostructured alloys
Professor Sisson: Design and processing of Nanostructured alloys
Professor Wang: Nanostructured materials for Li ion batteries

Electrochemical Materials for Energy Systems

Professor Wang: Li ion batteries
Professor Liang: Nano-structured cathode materials

Surface Metrology and Engineering

Professor Brown: multi-scale analysis of surface texture; fundamentals of surface metrology; functional correlations
Professor Sisson: surface treating and coatings

Biomedical Materials

Professor Shivkumar: Materials for biomedical applications
Professor Fofana: Design and manufacturing of ambulance and artificial patients

Plastics

Professor Shivkumar: Biopolymers; electro-spinning

Computer Aided Manufacturing

Professor Rong: fixture design; process analysis
Professor Fofana: CAD/CAM Machining; Chatter and Machining Theory

Control of Manufacturing Processes

Professor Fofana: intelligent control; time delay analysis

Engineering Education Research and Assessment

Professor Demetry: Blended and hybrid learning; K-12 engineering outreach; intercultural learning in experiential education abroad


Mechanical Engineering

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Assistive Technology
Professor Ault: Rehabilitation engineering
Professor Brown: Design of ski and snowboard bindings to mitigate ACL injuries
Professor Hoffman: Biomechanics; biomaterials; rehabilitation engineering

Medical Imaging
Professor Fischer: MRI compatible mechatronics and image guided surgery
Professor Furlong: Optoelectronic otoscope development
Professor Sullivan: Software development for image registration and segmentation; 3D surface and volume mesh generation

FLUIDS AND THERMAL ENGINEERING

Professor Blandino: Plasma dynamics; microfluidics; electric propulsion and micropropulsion
Professor Evans: Rotating flows; flow control; turbomachinery; aero-engine inlets
Professor Gatsonis: Computational fluid, gas and plasma dynamics; micro- and nano-fluidics; rarefied flows; micropropulsion; spacecraft-environment interactions
Professor Olinger: Fluid-structure interaction; low speed aerodynamics; wind energy
Professor Savilonis: Non-Newtonian flows in blood vessels; CFD modeling of steady and unsteady flows in human nasal passages
Professor Sullivan: Fate and transport groundwater contaminants; phase change simulations and dendritic growth modeling
Professor Yagoobi: Electrohydrodynamics; liquid/vapor phase change; micro- and nano-fluidics, augmentation of heat transfer; impinging jets

ROBOTIC ENGINEERING

Professor Fischer: Medical robotics; MRI compatible mechatronics and image guided surgery
Professor Nestinger: Stability and workspace analysis of multi-legged robots; modular robots; soft-body systems; bio-inspired locomotion

STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS ENGINEERING

Professor Chierichetti: Structural dynamics; inverse problems; anisotropic beam theories
Professor Demetriou: Controls; flexible structures; spacecraft dynamics; mobile sensor and actuator networks; fluid-structure interaction systems; smart material structures, vibrations
Professor Dimentberg: Theoretical stochastic rotor-dynamics; analysis of marginal instability and intermittency in stochastic systems
Professor Richman: Mechanics of granular media, including compaction of powders, and constitutive modeling of rapid flows and their interactions with vibrating boundaries
Professor Hou: Vibration and control; stochastic mechanics; solid mechanics; earthquake stability engineering