Faculty & Staff


Robert Hyers
George I. Alden Professor and Head, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315759

Professor Hyers works at the interface between computers and the physical world. His most recent applications are in high-temperature materials and high-temperature materials processing systems. His recent projects include model-based experiments on the Space Station including magnetohydrodynamic effects on nucleation and solidification, novel methods for measurement of properties of matter at high temperature, scale-up of a novel metallurgical process by 1000X, and a novel approach to thermal management in spacecraft propulsion.He has extensive experience with startup companies, ...

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Sarah Jane Wodin-Schwartz
Associate Professor of Teaching & Associate Department Head, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6037

Professor Wodin-Schwartz joined WPI in August 2015. Her Ph.D. research focused on the use of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for down hole geothermal well monitoring. Before joining WPI, she spent two years at the technical consulting firm Exponent Inc., where she conducted failure analyses and design evaluations for projects ranging from consumer products to power systems. As a consultant she worked with over 75 different clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.She is passionate about teaching core engineering and critical thinking skills that apply to application-driven ...

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Mehul Bhatia
Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Dr. M. A. Bhatia is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Prior to coming to WPI, Dr. Bhatia was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Arizona State University where he was working on thermal and mechanical stability of nanocrystalline Cu-Ta material which was published in nature journal. He received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in December 2014. His research interest is understanding the effect of defects on structure-property relationships in advanced materials such as magnesium and titanium alloys related ...

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Christopher Brown

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5627

 Working with scholars and students, especially undergraduates, on research and design projects is what I like best about my three and a half decades at WPI. My degrees are from the University of Vermont. There I was most fortunate to be coached by Mickey Cochran and advised by Branimir von Turkovich for my MS on fracture testing and PhD on metal cutting. Before coming to WPI in 1989 I worked on mechanical metallurgy, surface metrology, and ski equipment at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and I worked on product and process development at Atlas Copco’s ...

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Lin Cheng
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Dr. Lin Cheng is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at WPI. His research lies in the interdisciplinary field of scientific machine learning and additive manufacturing, with a specific concentration on the development of physics-based machine learning and its application for computational design of functional materials, and multi-scale and multi-physics modeling for AM. 

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Danielle Cote
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

 After graduating from UNH with a chemical engineering degree in 2005, Danielle Cote worked as a researcher at Saint-Gobain in the Northboro Research and Development Center in polymer science and data automation.  Cote continued working while she pursued a master’s degree at WPI, followed by a PhD fellowship, and joined the WPI faculty in 2016. Today Professor Cote’s research focuses on the development of materials for high deposition rate metal additive manufacturing techniques, such as cold spray and wire arc additive manufacturing.  Professor Cote has been awarded more than $25 ...

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Chrys Demetry

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5195

As Director of the Morgan Teaching and Learning Center, I work with faculty colleagues, staff educators, and other units on campus to coordinate programs and build communities that foster excellence and innovation in teaching. The Center also coordinates mentoring and professional development programs and communities for new faculty and mid-career faculty.  Many of my professional contributions integrate leadership, program-building, and scholarship to broaden participation and advancement of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In 1997, I co-founded ...

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Reza Ebadi
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

I joined WPI in Fall 2021, bringing with me a passion for both research and teaching. My research expertise lies in experimental and analytical fluid mechanics, with a strong focus on turbulent transport in non-equilibrium and high Reynolds number boundary layer flows. Within this realm, I specialize in experimental measurements and reduced-order modeling. My contributions to the field are further extended by serving as an invited reviewer for several scientific journals in my areas of expertise.My teaching philosophy is centered on making STEM education more accessible, less stressful, and ...

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Aswin Gnanaskandan
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

 Prof. Aswin Gnanaskandan joined the WPI faculty in August 2020 as an assistant professor. His research experience prior to WPI includes a Postdoctoral Researcher position at California Institute of Technology, USA, a Research Scientist position at Dynaflow Inc, USA, and a Scientist position at the Defense Research and Development Laboratory, India. His area of research is Computational Fluid Dynamics where he specializes in developing high-fidelity models for multiphase flows. At WPI, he directs the Computational Multiphase Transport Laboratory, where he and his students are involved in ...

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Zhikun Hou

Phone: +1 (508) 8315705

It has been a great pleasure to teach at WPI, a school with motivated students from all over the world. I am teaching engineering mechanics related course such as ES2501 (Statics), ES2502 (Stress Analysis), ES2503 (Dynamics), ES3011 (Control Engineering), ME4506 (Vibrations), ME4512 (Finite Elements) at the undergraduate level and ME522 and ME593V (Mechanical Vibrations), ME593M (Numerical Methods for Engineers), ME527 (Advanced Dynamics), and ME531 (Elasticity Theory) at the graduate level. I share the happiness when the students can apply the learned knowledge in their projects and research. ...

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Fiona Levey
Associate Professor of Teaching, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4854

 Teaching is my way of sharing my enthusiasm for Science and Engineering. I believe that these are great professions because they give us the ability to effect real and positive change in this world. I particularly enjoy hearing the varied and interesting contributions of the students in class, and the collaborative environment of WPI as a whole.Visit Digital WPI to view student research and projects advised by Professor Levey.

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Jianyu Liang

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6649

Professor Liang’s research explores the physics of interfaces between the nanometer and micron scales.  Her team responds to the challenging interdisciplinary nature of their research endeavor through successful collaboration with colleagues with expertise in metrology, physics, bioscience, medical science, chemistry, and fire protection engineering.  Her educational effort includes novel approaches to project-based learning and global centers for science and engineering.  She has created three new courses with technical focuses on nanomaterials (ME4875/MTE575/MTE594), nanobiotechnology ...

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Yuxiang Liu
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4829

The overarching theme of my research is light-matter interactions and their applications in microscale and nanoscale. Particularly, my research interests include optical trapping, optofluidics, nanophotonics, cavity optomechanics, and fiber optic sensing systems, with an emphasis on optical actuation, damping, and sensing of mechanics in micro-/nano-scale structures and biological specimens. The potential applications of my research include on-chip disease diagnosis, in vivo disease treatments, motion detection in consumer electronics, health monitoring, and biomechanics. My research has been ...

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Makhlouf Makhlouf

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5647

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf is professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He was Director of the Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC) between 1992 and 2015. ACRC is a collaboration between the academic and industrial sectors focusing on issues that benefit the global foundry industry. It brings fundamental understanding to existing processes, develops new methods, and addresses management-technology interface matters. Under Makhlouf’s leadership, the ACRC evolved to be the leading foundry-related industry-university research consortium in the ...

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Zhu Mao
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8314845

Dr. Zhu Mao joined WPI as an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department in 2021, and before that, he was on the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell from 2015. His research interests include dynamics and vibration, intelligent systems, noncontact sensing and computer vision, signal processing and machine learning, uncertainty quantification, and condition-based monitoring for a variety of applications. He has published over 120 papers on journals and conference proceedings, and was the Chair of Technical Division on Model ...

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Brajendra Mishra
Kenneth G. Merriam Distinguished Professor, Director, MPI & Donald M. Zwiep Distinguished Fellow, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

 Brajendra Mishra’s research focuses on sustainable stewardship of earth’s resources by developing technologies to advance commercially viable metals/materials processing. He is involved in the design and development of industry-oriented methods for energy and materials sustainability, which is one of the greatest challenges in the 21st Century.At WPI, Professor Brajendra Mishra is the Kenneth G. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, and the Director of the Metal Processing Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Prof. Mishra is also the ...

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Mehdi Mortazavi
Associate Teaching Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

My research interests include multiphase flow, droplet dynamics, clean hydrogen energy systems, and decarbonization. I identify as an experimentalist in thermo-fluid sciences, engaging in both fundamental and applied research within the sphere of clean energy systems. As the director of the Multiscale Thermal Fluids Laboratory (MTFL) at WPI, we focus on addressing thermo-fluidic challenges inherent to energy systems. Within MTFL, we place a strong emphasis on inclusivity and diversity within the context of clean energy systems. The objectives of my research efforts include elevating the ...

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Lee Moradi
Professor of Practice, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316186

Lee Moradi, PhD, PEWPI School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering (MME) Lee Moradi joined WPI in February 2022 as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering (MME).  He is also the Co-Director of the Autonomous Vehicle Mobility Institute (AVMI).  Prior to WPI, Lee had 18 years of experience with industry and 25 years as a faculty and director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  Lee held several leadership positions at UAB including:1.     Director of Engineering & Innovative Technology ...

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Adam Powell
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Adam C. Powell, IV is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical & Materials Engineering department who joined the WPI faculty in August 2018. His field is materials processing, and research focuses on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, elimination, and drawdown. Current projects aim to reduce vehicle body weight, lower solar cell manufacturing energy use and cost with improved safety, reduce or eliminate aviation greenhouse gas impact, power ships and trains with zero emissions, and improve grid stability as we drive toward 100% renewables. The primary tools for achieving these goals ...

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Pradeep Radhakrishnan
Associate Professor of Teaching, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Teaching gives me an opportunity to interact with students and to continually learn and impart new concepts at the same time. I teach Modeling and Analysis of Mechatronic Systems (ME/RBE 4322) and Advanced Engineering Design (ME 4320) during the regular academic year. During summer, I teach Intro to Dynamic Systems (ES 2503) and Kinematics of Mechanisms (ME 3310). My research is centered around developing automated design tools and hardware related to mechatronic systems. During my Ph.D. on the Automated Design of Planar Mechanisms, I addressed with a good measure of success fundamental ...

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Pratap Rao
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

My research is aimed at discovering, understanding and developing advanced materials for a range of applications including solar energy conversion, catalysis, printed electronics, sensors, and functional coatings. Our lab specializes in the synthesis of nanostructured thin film materials using scalable processes. Students and researchers in my lab can expect to work on highly interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of materials science, mechanical engineering, solid state physics, and thermal sciences.

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Ahmet Sabuncu
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Dr. Sabuncu holds a Ph. D. in Aerospace Engineering from Old Dominion University. Dr. Sabuncu’s professional interests is thermo-fluids engineering including microfluidic applications. He is also interested in dielectric spectroscopy of cells and tissues since 2009. His research in engineering education focuses on development of online laboratory exercises and use of Internet of Things & artificial intelligence in engineering education. He is passionate about humanitarian projects that could solve the contemporary problems of the changing world. His research on teaching also ...

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Brian Savilonis
Professor-Engineering, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5686

The project mode of education is a significant tenet of WPI; project based courses are common, along with the required Interactive Qualifying Project and Major Qualifying Project. Managing this close knit intellectual activity has m any parallels to coaching sports; watching individuals " light up" is tremendously rewarding. The recent addition of the Great Problems Seminar allows strong interaction with the freshman class as well. The thermofluid area is critical to world sustainability and extends beyond technical expertise to socio- political and economic context.

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Joe Stabile

I have spent 36 years in product development. 25 years in the computer storage industry working on airborne hard drives, desktop hard drives, tape storage systems, optical storage devices, and robotic pick and place systems for tape cartridges. Most recently I have spent the last 11 years at Bose Corporation working in advanced development on high efficiency small speaker systems. I find product development very exciting as it forces an engineer to interact with a wide range of other engineers in a fast paced environment, to deliver a hardware design that works and meets the expectations of ...

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John Sullivan

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5199

Teaching is the most important aspect of my profession. I have strived to teach the full spectrum of college offerings addressing freshman students through Ph.D. students. The project philosophy is a fundamental pillar of the WPI education. I encourage and promote this ideal in all of the projects that I advise. Students who bring a project to fruition gain more knowledge and understanding than most conventional instructional modes. I am committed to MQP and IQP activities. Students completing their projects under my advise have received dozens of awards and honors in the forms of ...

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Vladimir Vantsevich

Vladimir Vantsevich is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. He serves as co-Director and Principal Investigator of the Autonomous Vehicle Mobility Institute (AVMI). Prior to WPI, he worked as a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Michigan. Before LTU, Dr. Vantsevich was a professor of Belarusian National Technical University and the Head of Research and Design Group on Multi-Wheel Drive Vehicles that designed and developed mechatronic and mechanical driveline systems for various purpose vehicles ...

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Grace Wang
President, President

Grace Wang, PhD, began as WPI’s 17th president on April 3, 2023.  She is also a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at WPI.  Elected by the WPI Board of Trustees after an extensive national search, Wang comes to WPI from The Ohio State University (OSU) where she served as executive vice president for research, innovation, and knowledge, and as a professor in Materials Science and Engineering. At OSU, Wang’s efforts helped expand the university’s research and innovation ecosystem, achieving $1.38 billion in annual R&D expenditures during her tenure. ...

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Yan Wang

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5453

I am William Smith Foundation Dean's Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Since joining WPI, I have been very active in research. Currently, my lab focuses on the study of new electrodes and materials for energy storage, including lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, flow batteries, battery manufacturing, battery safety and recycle, and fundamental electrochemistry. This research can lead to energy storage with high energy density, high power density, long life, low cost, and high safety. In addition to fundamental research, I have commercialized the ...

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Jamal Yagoobi
George F. Fuller Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5236

 I enjoy teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching is very rewarding, and it allows me to interact with the students. My teaching portfolio includes undergraduate and graduate level courses in the areas of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, liquid/vapor phase change, thermodynamics, and design of thermal systems.I am very active in research. My research has been actively supported by NSF, NASA, AFOSR, SBA, ASHRAE and various companies. My research laboratory is entitled, "Enhancement of Heat Transfer and Phase-Change in Large and Small Scales." My theoretical, numerical, ...

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Jiawei Yang
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Jiawei Yang is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at WPI. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University in 2019 and conducted postdoctoral research at Boston Children's Hospital and MIT from 2019-2023. The Yang lab is a highly interdisciplinary research group, with expertise in mechanics, materials, and biotechnology. The current research focuses on the design, synthesis, and engineering of soft materials and their integrated systems across multiple length scales for on-demand mechanical, physical, and biological ...

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Yihao Zheng
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

My research focuses on medical and manufacturing innovation. I apply manufacturing science and technology to enhance healthcare. I contribute fundamental knowledge of tissue mechanics and imaging properties, provide novel computational modeling methodologies to simulate and understand manufacturing and surgical processes, and develop medical devices and clinical manufacturing systems to tackle unmet clinical needs. “Intuition makes an engineer outstanding. Passion is the foundation for instruction.” These two statements, which define my expectations for my students and for myself, ...

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Yu Zhong
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

We are currently hiring!!Dr. Yu Zhong is currently a Professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State (2005). After a short-term working as Research Associate, he joined Saint-Gobain High Performance Research Center in Northborough, MA. He had spent his 8-year career there working as an internal technical consultant focusing on the application of thermodynamics and kinetics to various materials R&D projects. In 2013, He moved to Florida International University (FIU) as Assistant Professor. He received the James Nichols Heald Research ...

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Administrative Staff - Mechanical Engineering

Administrative Staff - Lab Managers

Administrative Staff - HAAS Technical Center

Joel Harris
Sr. Instructional Lab Engineer, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Joel Harris, PE, joined the Manufacturing Laboratory after a 32 year career at Raytheon Technologies (formerly Raytheon Co) plus 3 years at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft.  Joel's area of expertise is mechanical and mechatronic engineering of aerospace and marine products.  Joel worked on design, analysis, manufacture, test of components and systems, plus support to fielded products.  For his last 12 years at Raytheon, Joel was the engineering lead for the manufacture of the PATRIOT GEM-T missile control section.   Joel received a BSME from MIT and a MEME from ...

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Administrative Staff - Center For Advanced Research In Drying

Administrative Staff - Metals Processing Institute

Associated Faculty

Name Title Email Phone Extension Office Location
Francesca Bernardi Assistant Professor fbernardi@wpi.edu 4183 Stratton Hall 105D
Nicholas Bertozzi Senior Instructor nbertozzi@wpi.edu 6166 85 Prescott, #207
Kristen L. Billiar Professor kbilliar@wpi.edu 5384 Gateway Park, 4008
Kathy Chen STEM Education Executive Director kcchen@wpi.edu 6221 157 West Street
Nicholas A. Dembsey Professor ndembsey@wpi.edu 5971 Gateway Park II 1212
Songbai Ji Associate Professor sji@wpi.edu 6852 Gateway Park 3002
Sharon Johnson Professor sharon@wpi.edu 5183 Washburn Shops 223
Renata Konrad Assistant Professor rkonrad@wpi.edu 5192 Washburn Shops 205
Greg Lewin Assistant Teaching Professor/Associate Head of RBE glewin@wpi.edu 5587 UH 250J
Reinhold Ludwig Professor ludwig@wpi.edu 5315 Atwater Kent 229
Solomon Mensah Assistant Professor smensah@wpi.edu 4036 Gateway, 60 Prescott Street
Markus Nemitz Assistant Professor mnemitz@wpi.edu N/A Rm 311, 85 Prescott Street
Kathy A. Notarianni Associate Professor kanfpe@wpi.edu 6786 Gateway Park II 1205
Cagdas Onal Associate Professor cdonal@wpi.edu 4857 Higgins Labs 105
Milosh T. Puchovsky Professor of Practice milosh@wpi.edu 5113 Gateway Park II 1209
Nima Rahbar Associate Professor nrahbar@wpi.edu 6567 Kaven Hall 106
Ali S. Rangwala Associate Professor rangwala@wpi.edu 6409 Gateway Park II 1210
Albert Simeoni Professor asimeoni@wpi.edu 5162 Gateway Park II 1203
Burt S. Tilley Associate Professor tilley@wpi.edu 6664 Stratton Hall 105A
Michal Timko Associate Professor mttimko@wpi.edu 4101 Goddard Hall 123
Walter Thomas Towner Assistant Teaching Professor fabman@wpi.edu 6013 Washburn Shops 222
Karen Troy Associate Professor ktroy@wpi.edu 6093 Gateway Park 4007
James Urban Associate Professor jurban@wpi.edu N/A 50 Prescott Street (Gateway Park II) 1213
Zhenglun Alan Wei Assistant Professor zwei1@wpi.edu 6239 Gateway Park 1,  4038



Faculty Emeriti

Faculty Name Title WPI Email
Diran Apelian Professor Emeritus dapelian@wpi.edu
Holly K. Ault Associate Professor Emerita ahault@wpi.edu
Isa Bar-On Professor Emerita ibaron@wpi.edu
Ronald Biederman Professor Emeritus rrb@wpi.edu
John M. Boyd Professor Emeritus jmboyd@wpi.edu
Allen H. Hoffman Professor Emeritus ahoffman@wpi.edu
J. A. Mayer, Jr. Professor Emeritus  
Robert L. Norton Professor Emeritus norton@wpi.edu
Satya Shivkumar Professor Emeritus shivkuma@wpi.edu
Richard Sisson Professor Emeritus sisson@wpi.edu
Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz Professor Emeritus rjp@wpi.edu