Faculty and Staff Directory

Ossama Abdelkhalik

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3503
ooabdelk@mtu.edu
MEEM 1013

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Space Mechanics
  • Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
  • Optimization
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Wave Energy Conversion

Research Interests

  • Space Trajectory Optimization
  • Wave Energy Conversion
  • Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
  • Global Optimization Methods
  • Variable-Size Design Space Optimization
  • Evolutionary Algorithms

Elias C. Aifantis

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2518
mom@mtu.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanics and Materials Science

Research Interests

  • Porosity/Diffusivity theory
  • Dislocation patterning
  • Strain gradient theory
  • Material instabilities
  • Nanomechanics

Jeffrey S. Allen

John & Joan Calder Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2349
jstallen@mtu.edu
MEEM 831

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Capillary Flow
  • Interfacial Transport Phenomena
  • Fuel Cells
  • Phase-Change Heat Transfer
  • Microgravity Fluid Physics

Research Interests

  • Stability of evaporating and condensing liquid films
  • Capillary-Scale Gas-Liquid Flow
  • Near-Field Optical Diagnostics
  • Thermal and Mass Transport in Porous Media and Fuel Cells
  • Low-gravity fluid dynamics
  • Weak Atmospheric Shock Waves

Carl L. Anderson

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2378
cander@mtu.edu
MEEM 920

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Heat Transfer
  • I. C. Engines
  • Torque Converter
  • Infrared Radiometry
  • Infrared & Microwave Telemetry

Research Interests

  • Spray Impingement Signatures in a High Speed Direct Injection Diesel
  • Microwave Telemetry Technique for Measurements in Reciprocating and Rotating Machinery
  • Piston Heat Transfer in a Direct-Injection, Two-Stroke Engine

Oner Arici

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Automotive Climate Control
  • Solar Energy
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Research Interests

  • Vehicle Engine Cooling System Simulations
  • Climate Control Modeling and Simulations for Automotive Vehicles
  • Solar Energy Collector Simulations and Optimization
  • Solar Absorption Air Conditioning Simulations and Optimization
  • Fuel Cell Technology for Electric Vehicle Applications

Andrew Barnard

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2412
arbarnar@mtu.edu
930 MEEM

Areas of Expertise

  • Acoustics
  • Noise Control
  • Vibration
  • Real Time Control Systems
  • LabVIEW programming and instruction

Research Interests

  • Advanced Measurements and Signal Processing
  • Acoustic Intensity and Vector Sensors
  • Room Acoustics
  • Acoustic Material Characterization
  • Outdoor Sound Propagation
  • Physical Acoustics
  • NI LabVIEW Data Acquisition and Control
  • Microphones
  • Crowd Noise
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • Structural Acoustics
  • Array Signal Processing
Nancy Barr

Nancy Barr

Communications and Senior Design Program Advisor

906-487-4519
nbbarr@mtu.edu
MEEM 802

Ezra Bar-Ziv

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3151
ebarziv@mtu.edu
MEEM 1012

Areas of Expertise

  • Clean Coal Combustion
  • Fuel Switching in Coal Power Plants
  • Torrefaction and pyrolysis of Biomass

Research Interests

  • Emissions from Coal Power Plants
  • Simulation of Operation of Coal Power Plants
  • Torrefied-biomass (biocoal) as a Renewable Clean Replacement of Coal
  • Kinetics of Torrefaction and Pyrolysis of Biomass

John E. Beard

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Faculty Advisor, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise

906-487-3110
jebeard@mtu.edu
MEEM 929

Areas of Expertise

  • Design of Mechanical Systems
  • Bioengineering
  • Manufacturing

Research Interests

  • Manufacturing variation on the response of planar and three-dimensional mechanisms
  • Influence of design parameters on the wear rates of gerotor types
Karen E. Bess

Karen E. Bess

Office Assistant

906-487-2551
kebess@mtu.edu
MEEM 815

Bernhard P. Bettig

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Geometric Modeling
  • Knowledge-based Systems

Research Interests

  • Finite element/finite difference simulation of hydro-generator rotordynamics
  • Tethered spacecraft vibration visualization
  • Variational geometric/algebraic constraint solving
  • Declarative component design
  • Topology optimization of smart structures
  • Optimization using distributed computing

John Dexter Bird III

Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Jason R. Blough

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Director, Design Dynamic Systems Area

Clean Snowmobile Team Faculty Advisor, SAE Faculty Advisor

906-487-1020
jrblough@mtu.edu
MEEM 1020A

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Vibrations
  • Unique Instrumentation/Data Acquisition
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Noise Control

Research Interests

  • Dynamic Measurement Problems
  • Developing new digital signal processing algorithms to understand NVH type problems
  • Ways to improve the NVH characteristics of virtually any machine

Jaime A. Camelio

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3363
jcamelio@mtu.edu
MEEM 920

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Assembly Systems
  • Dimensional Analysis of Manufacturing Processes
  • System Diagnosis

Research Interests

  • Modeling, analysis and control of manufacturing systems
  • Robust and optimal design focusing on product/process interactions
  • Sensors integration for manufacturing process control and modeling
  • Assembly systems
  • Complexity management

Bo Chen

Dave House Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering

906-487-3537
bochen@mtu.edu
MEEM 802

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechatronics and embedded systems
  • Agent Technology
  • Monitoring and control networks
  • Hybrid electric vehicles
  • Smart grid

Research Interests

  • Modeling and control of hybrid electric vehicles
  • EV-smart grid integration
  • Distributed monitoring and control
  • Battery control for HEV and energy storage systems
  • IC engine management systems
  • Sensor information fusion

Peck Cho

Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Combustion

Research Interests

  • Behavior of laminar and turbulent premixed flames
  • Green engineering
  • Engineering education

Chang Kyoung Choi

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Faculty Advisor, Korean Student Association

906-487-1463
cchoi@mtu.edu
MEEM 832

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Microscopic Imaging Techniques
  • Micro-/nano-fabrications
  • Cellular Sensing & Singe Protein Tracking

Research Interests

  • Opto-electric Cellular Sensing
  • Microfluidics and Microscale Heat Transfer
  • Droplet Impingement on Patterned Metal Surfaces
  • Evaporation of Thin Films and Droplets
  • Multiscale Interface Phenomena
  • Neutron imaging
  • Fluid Flow-induced Shear Effect on Chondrons; Regeneration of pericellular matrix from chondrocytes using microencapsulation;

Roshan M. D'Souza

Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Manufacturing Planning
  • Optimization
  • Process Planning
  • Planning Automation

Research Interests

  • Generating cost efficient manufacturing plans directly from a CAD model
  • Mechatronics
  • Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

James DeClerck

Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Faculty Advisor, Formula SAE Enterprise

906-487-2246
jdeclerck@mtu.edu
MEEM 927

Office Hours

Areas of Expertise

  • Noise and Vibration
  • Model Validation
  • Modal Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics

Research Interests

  • Model Validation
  • Digital Data Processing
  • Robust Engineering
  • Noise and Vibration
  • System Design
Robert DeJonge

Robert DeJonge

Senior Research Engineer II

Senior Design Projects Coordinator

906-487-2142
rdejonge@mtu.edu
MEEM 207

Maruthi Devarakonda

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

509-375-4347

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

William J. Emblom

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Structural Analysis
  • Dynamic/Vibration Analysis
  • Failure/Fatigue Analysis
  • Design Engineering
  • Project Engineering
  • Wind Tunnel Test and Evaluation
  • Aerodynamics

William J. Endres

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Senior Capstone Design Program Director

Manufacturing/Industrial (MI) Area Director

906-487-2567
wjendres@mtu.edu
MEEM 826

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Machining Dynamics
  • Cutting Mechanics
  • Manufacturing Processes

Harold A. Evensen

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3433
haevense@mtu.edu
MEEM 704

Areas of Expertise

  • Noise Control
  • Vibrations
  • Signal Analysis

Research Interests

  • Analysis of vibrational energy flow through structures
  • Incorporating laser Doppler vibration measurements

Larry Evers

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Fuel Injectors
  • Atomization

Research Interests

  • Design of fuel injectors which produce enhanced atomization and spray patterns for port-fuel-injectioned spark-ignited engines
Paula Feira-Zenner

Paula Feira-Zenner

Director of Operations and Finance

906-487-1910
paula@mtu.edu
MEEM 806

Craig Friedrich

Richard & Bonnie Robbins Chair, Professor, Associate Chair and
Director of Graduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Director, Multi-Scale Technologies Institute (MuSTI)

906-487-1922
craig@mtu.edu
MEEM 807

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Micromechanical Systems
  • Nanotechnology

Research Interests

  • Micromechanical machining processes
  • Microsystem design
  • Nanosensing

Lucia Gauchia

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Assistant Professor of Energy Storage Systems

906-487-3382
gauchia@mtu.edu
EERC 612. MEEM 911

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy Storage Systems
  • State estimation for batteries and supercapacitors

Research Interests

  • Energy storage selection for sustainable communities
  • Energy storage testing and modeling
  • Battery ageing for transportation electrification

Antonio Gauchia Babe

Visiting Research Fellow

906-487-2817
agauchia@mtu.edu
MEEM 914

John K. Gershenson

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Peace Corps Master's International Coordinator

906-487-2047
jkgershe@mtu.edu
MEEM 1022

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Life-Cycle Engineering
  • Modular Product Architecture
  • Lean Engineering
  • Sustainable Product Design

Research Interests

  • Life-cycle design
  • Modular product and process architectures
  • Sustainable product/process design
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Lean engineering
  • Design for post-manufacturing issues
  • Mechanisms of innovation
Somayeh Ghassemi

Somayeh Ghassemi

Visiting Research Scholar

sghasemi@mtu.edu
MEEM 902

Steven Goldsmith

Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

sygoldsm@mtu.edu
MEEM 909
Michael Goldsworthy

Michael Goldsworthy

SCD Training Specialist

mpgoldsw@mtu.edu
MEEM B004D
Kathy Goulette

Kathy Goulette

Executive Assistant

906-487-2911
kagoulet@mtu.edu
MEEM 815

Thomas R. Grimm

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2574
trgrimm@mtu.edu
MEEM 905

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Biomechanics

Research Interests

  • Applications of the finite element method to problems in biomechanics and other areas of mechanical engineering
  • Computer modeling and simulation of mechanical systems
  • Development of computer aided design methodologies for optimization of mechanical designs

Mahesh Gupta

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3566
mahesh@mtu.edu
MEEM 905

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Polymer Processing
  • Polymer Rheology
  • Design with Plastics and Composites
  • Finite Element Method

Research Interests

  • Effect of elongational viscosity on polymeric flows
  • Estimation of elongational viscosity for polymeric melts
  • Three dimensional simulation of the flow in ceramic injection molding
  • Mixing of polymers
  • Optimization of die geometry for polymer extrusion

Cameron Hadden

Instructor

906-487-2513
cmhadden@mtu.edu
MEEM 823

Tammy L. Haut Donahue

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Director, Mechanics of Multiscale Materials Research Group

906-487-2078
thdonahu@mtu.edu
MEEM 927

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Finite Elements
  • Computational and Experimental Mechanics

Research Interests

  • FE model of human knee joint
  • Microstructural model of meniscus
  • Material properties of menisci, tendons, and ligaments
  • How musculoskeletal cells respond to mechanical stimulus
Jillian M. Isaacson

Jillian M. Isaacson

Office Assistant

906-487-3611
jillian@mtu.edu
MEEM 815
Danise Jarvey

Danise Jarvey

Senior Engineering Academic Advisor

906-487-2564
dnjarvey@mtu.edu
MEEM 205A

Gopal Jayaraman

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Faculty Advisor, ASME

906-487-2519
gjayar@mtu.edu
MEEM 805

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomechanics
  • Orthopaedic Mechanics
  • Sports Safety

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Solid Mechanics

Jaclyn Johnson

Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Research Engineer

906-487-3433
jenesbit@mtu.edu
MEEM 210/828

Teaching Interests

  • Energy ThermoFluids Courses - Fluid Mechanics, Internal Combustion Engines, etc.
  • Mechanics Courses - Statics, Mechanics of Materials

Research Interests

  • Fundamentals of Diesel Spray and Combustion, Spark Ignition
  • Spray Combustion
  • Optical and Laser Diagnostics
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Thermophysical Properties; Spray & Combustion Modeling

John H. Johnson

Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2576
jjohnson@mtu.edu
MEEM 1015

Areas of Expertise

  • Areas of Expertise
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Diesels
  • Air Pollution
  • Emissions Modeling

Research Interests

  • Diesel Aftertreatment Experimental and Modeling Studies
  • Diesel Aftertreatment System Controls
  • Heavy duty Vehicle Technologies for Reducing Fuel Consumption
Kevin Johnson

Kevin M. Johnson

Research Engineer Scientist I

906-487-3147
kevinj@mtu.edu
MEEM 704

Dale Kero

Senior Major Gift Officer

906-487-2937
djkero@mtu.edu
704 1stMerit

L. Brad King

Ron & Elaine Starr Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Director, Space Systems Research Group

Faculty Advisor, Aerospace Enterprise

906-487-2683
lbking@mtu.edu
MEEM 1014

Areas of Expertise

  • Space Propulsion
  • Plasma Physics
  • Optical Fluid Diagnostics

Research Interests

  • Design of in-situ electrostatic probes
  • Ion-energy analysis and time-of-flight mass spectrometry
  • Doppler laser cooling of trapped ions
  • Optical flow diagnostics
  • Antimatter confinement

V.C. Rao Komaravolu

Principal Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

PACE Coordinator

Indian Student Association Faculty Advisor

906-487-1173
kvcrao@mtu.edu
MEEM 830

Areas of Expertise

  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Power Plant Engineering

Research Interests

  • Survey of heat transfer in electrical machines
  • Techniques of temperature measurement in rotating systems
  • Prediction of temperature distribution in electrical machines using network analyzer
  • Scale model studies of large capacity turbo-generators
  • Studies on sprayer performance in deaerators
  • Estimation of heat transfer coefficients in industrial steam turbines
Bill Langdon

Bill Langdon

Training Specialist - Sr. Design

906-487-1175
wklangdo@mtu.edu
MEEM 604
Marlene Lappeus

Marlene Lappeus

Program Coordinator

Academic Advisor

906-487-4518
mmlappeu@mtu.edu
MEEM 811

Seong-Young Lee

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Energy Thermo-Fluids (ETF) Area Director

906-487-2559
sylee@mtu.edu
MEEM 917

Areas of Expertise

  • Spray Combustion
  • Fuel Chemistry
  • Soot Emissions
  • Laser-Based Combustion Diagnostics
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Gas Turbine Engine

Research Interests

  • Laminar and Turbulent Combustionmbustion engines
  • Soot Formation and Spray Combustion
  • Bio/Alternative Renewable Energy and Clean Fuels in Low Temperature Combustion
  • New Emerging Laser-Based Technique Development
  • Nonequilibrium Plasma-Assisted Combustion
  • Surrogate Fuel Chemical Reaction Models and CFD Modeling of Reacting Flow Systems
  • Combustion Dynamics of Instability, Stabilization, and Propagation in Gas Turbine Engine
Steven Lehmann

Steven D. Lehmann

Research Associate

906-487-2945
sdlehman@mtu.edu
MEEM 608

John B. Ligon

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Phytomechanics

Research Interests

  • Experimental mechanics
  • Composite panel design
  • Phytomechanics

Fei Long

Instructor - Research Engineer

flong@mtu.edu
MEEM 912

Edward Lumsdaine

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2977
lumsdain@mtu.edu
MEEM 801

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering Education
  • High-Tech Training
  • Noise and Vibrations
  • Heat Transfer
  • Entrepreneurship

Research Interests

  • Contextual Heat Transfer
  • NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness)
Jonathan Lund

Jonathan Lund

Machine Shop Attendent

Nina Mahmoudian

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3084
ninam@mtu.edu
MEEM 1009

Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamics and Control
  • Unmanned Systems

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear Systems and Control
  • Coordination and Control of Networked Multi-Agent Systems
  • Motion Planning in Complex Environments
  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) with Special Interest in Underwater Gliders

Spandan Maiti

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3442
spandan@mtu.edu
MEEM 828

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Multiscale modeling
  • Failure and fracture of materials
  • Dynamic fracture

Research Interests

  • Predictive modeling and large scale simulation of deformation and failure of advanced materials
  • Multiscale modeling to investigate the effect of microstructure on the macroscopic behavior of materials
  • Design and analysis of biologically inspired materials
  • Characterization of failure of ceramics, metallic glasses and polymers over multiple time scales

Ezequiel Medici

Post Doc, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

efmedici@mtu.edu
MEEM 506

Dennis DeSheng Meng

Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Micro and nano technologies for energy and environmental applications
  • Microfluidics
  • Micro fuel cells
  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Micro and nano fabrication

Research Interests

  • Self-regulating micro fuel cells for portable military/civilian electronics
  • Nano-structured surfaces for energy and environmental applications
  • Micro and nano fluidics for energy harvesting
  • Self-healing material
Amy Mensch

Amy Mensch

Office Assistant

906-487-2810
ajmensch@mtu.edu
MEEM 815

Scott A Miers

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

(906) 487-2709
samiers@mtu.edu
ME-EM 924

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Alternative and renewable transportation fuels
  • Internal combustion engine efficiency
  • Performance and emissions
  • Wireless data acquisition techniques
  • Combustion visualization

Research Interests

  • Internal combustion engine efficiency, emissions, and performance
  • Alternative and renewable fuels: investigating how the unique chemical compositions affect both engine and vehicle operation
  • IC engine data acquisition techniques such as piston-mounted wireless microwave telemetry and minimally invasive combustion visualization
  • Alternative and renewable transportation fuels
  • In-Use Emissions

Michele H. Miller

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Peace Corps Master's International Coordinator
Engineering Education Innovation Research Group Director

906-487-3025
mhmiller@mtu.edu
MEEM 904

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering Education Research
  • Precision Engineering
  • MEMS
  • Human Factors

Research Interests

  • Self-directed learning
  • Teaching and learning hands-on ability
  • Vibration assisted grinding and water-jet assisted grinding
  • Wheel wear and wheel loading mechanisms
  • Machining of ceramics
  • Dynamic behavior of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Human factors in design

Ibrahim Miskioglu

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Faculty Advisor, BoardSport Technologies Enterprise

Solid Mechanics (SM) Area Director and Faculty Advisor, SEM

906-487-2752
imiski@mtu.edu
MEEM 821

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Composite Materials

Research Interests

  • Use of severe plastic deformation to alter properties of materials
  • Failure studies of random fiber composites with applications to structural problems
  • Failure of sandwich panels with applications to structural problems
  • Nanoscale properties of interphase in polymer matrix composites
  • Photomechanics integrated with digital image processing for thermomechanical stress analysis

Abhijit Mukherjee

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-1174
mukherje@mtu.edu
MEEM 932

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Heat Transfer
  • Boiling
  • Interfacial Phenomena
  • Micro- and Nanofluidics

Research Interests

  • Numerical and experimental study of liquid-vapor interface with interfacial heat and mass transfer with applications in boiling, condensation, combustion and multiphase flows
  • micro- and nanofluidics

Jeffrey D. Naber

Ron & Elaine Starr Professor in Energy Systems, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Director, Advanced Power Systems Research Center

Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Advisor

906-487-1938
jnaber@mtu.edu
MEEM 1012

Areas of Expertise

  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Hydrogen and Biofuels
  • After-Treatment

Research Interests

  • Combustion processes and combustion control of hydrogen and hydrogen dual fuelled engines
  • Biofuels including ethanol with production from forest products and application in advanced combustion engines
  • Gasoline IC engine research and the development of physical based correlations and models
  • Development of combustion measurement techniques for diesel, gasoline, and HCCI and PPCI engines

Amitabh Narain

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2555
narain@mtu.edu
MEEM 804

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Condensing/Phase-change flows
  • Computational and Experimental Fluid Mechanics/Heat Transfer

Research Interests

  • Phase-change flows, especially internal condensing and boiling flows
  • Cavitation signatures in an automobile’s torque-converter
  • Melting and solidification processes associated with use of phase-change materials (PCM) for energy storage applications (such as solar power plants)
  • Computational simulations of forced and natural convection turbulent flows (inside heat exchangers, displacement pumps, etc.)

Aneet Narendranath

Lecturer

Student Success Center/ELC Coordinator

906-487-1735
dnaneet@mtu.edu
MEEM 828

Anmin Nie

Visiting Res Scholar, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Gregory M. Odegard

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-2329
gmodegar@mtu.edu
MEEM 810

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science

Research Interests

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computational Chemistry

Alejandro Otero

Visiting Research Scholar

adotero@mtu.edu
MEEM 914
Robert W. Page

Robert W. Page

Laboratory Facilities Manager, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Advisor, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise

906-487-2577
rwpage@mtu.edu
MEEM 604

Sudhakar M. Pandit

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2153
pand@mtu.edu
MEEM 903

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Data-Dependent Systems Modeling
  • Computer Control
  • Machine Vision
  • Nanometrology

Research Interests

  • Systems analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Control

Gordon G. Parker

John & Cathi Drake Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Agile & Interconnected Microgrids Center Co-Director

906-487-1850
ggparker@mtu.edu
MEEM 803

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonlinear Controls
  • Mechatronics
  • Dynamics

Research Interests

  • Control system design
  • Methods for correlating nonlinear dynamic models to experimental data
  • Nonlinear control
  • System simulation
  • Nonlinear system parameter identification and optimization

Chris E. Passerello

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2161
cepass@mtu.edu
MEEM 904

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamics
  • Vibrations
  • Finite Elements

Research Interests

  • Estimating rigid body properties from force and acceleration measurements
  • Dynamics of cable systems
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Miron Perelman

Research Engineer, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

mvperelm@mtu.edu
Room 129 RL Smith ME-EM Building

Seyfi Polat

Visiting Research Scholar

spolat@mtu.edu
MEEM 1021

Fernando Ponta

Richard & Elizabeth Henes Associate Professor in Wind Energy

906-487-3563
flponta@mtu.edu
MEEM 936

Areas of Expertise

  • Theoretical and Computational Fluid Mechanics
  • Vortex Dynamics
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Wind-Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Renewable-Energy Sources
  • Energy Systems

Research Interests

  • Theoretical and Computational Fluid Mechanics
  • Vortex Dynamics
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Wind-Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Renewable-Energy Sources
  • Energy Systems

William W. Predebon

Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2551
wwpredeb@mtu.edu
MEEM 808

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Ceramics
  • Impact Phenomena
  • Wave Propagation
  • Computer Simulation of Explosive - Metal Systems

Research Interests

  • Mechanical behavior
  • Characterization and processing of ceramics
  • Shock deformation including microstructural effects and dynamic fracture of metals and ceramics
  • Impact phenomena
  • Computer simulation of wave phenomena
  • Explosive-metal interaction and fragmentation

Mo Rastgaar

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-1416
rastgaar@mtu.edu
MEEM 820

Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamics and Controls
  • Robotics
  • System Identification

Research Interests

  • Human-Robot Interactions
  • Prosthetic Robots
  • Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics
  • Augmenting Agility of Locomotion
  • Biomechanics of Gait

Alexander Reid

Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Rush D. Robinett III

The Richard and Elizabeth Henes Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Director of Research

Agile & Interconnected Microgrids Center Co-Director

(906) 487-1493
rdrobine@mtu.edu
R.L. Smith Bldg 903

Areas of Expertise

  • Renewable Energy Grid Integration
  • Collective Systems Control
  • Nonlinear Controls
  • Optimization
  • Dynamics
  • Aeroelasticity

Research Interests

  • Energy storage system design for renewable energy grid integration
  • High penetration renewable energy microgrids
  • Collective control of networked microgrids and teams of robots
  • Exergy control for buildings
  • Flutter suppression for wind turbines
  • Nonlinear control system design
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Paul G. Sanders

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Faculty Advisor, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise

Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

906-487-2339
sanders@mtu.edu
M & M Building 603

Teaching Interests

  • Metals casting
  • Design of experiments
  • Enterprise
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • Casting
  • Solidification
  • Material design
  • Joining
  • Surface coating
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation
Tina Sarazin

Tina Sarazin

Staff Assistant

906-487-4525
cmsarazi@mtu.edu
MEEM 1010

Henry Schmidt

Mechanical Engineering Researcher

906-487-1248
hschmidt@mtu.edu
MEEM 1017 / APSRC Lab

Mahdi Shahbakhti

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3405
mahdish@mtu.edu
MEEM 926

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamic Systems Modeling and Control
  • Powertrain/Vehicle Control
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Alternative/Renewable Fuels
  • Vehicular Emissions and Aftertreatment Systems

Research Interests

  • Modeling and Control of Energy Systems
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Advanced Combustion Engines
  • Energy Control of Buildings in a Smart Grid

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

Richard & Elizabeth Henes Associate Professor in Nanotechnology

Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

906-487-3581
reza@mtu.edu
MEEM 923

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology for Electrochemical Energy Storage (Batteries and Supercapacitors)
  • Nanogenerators and Piezotronic Sciences
  • Nanoscale Degradation of Fuel Cell Materials
  • Nanoscale Properties of Low Dimensional Materials for Thermoelectrics and Nanoelectronics
  • Mechanics of Bio and Nano Materials and Composites
  • In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy
Dong Hwan Shin

Dong Hwan Shin

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Tolou Shokuhfar

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomedicine
  • Orthopedic implants

Henry Sodano

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2709
hsodano@mtu.edu
MEEM 815

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Smart Structures
  • Vibration Control
  • Power Harvesting
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Deployable Satellites

Research Interests

  • Utilization/development of smart structures and materials
  • Non-contact vibration control mechanisms
  • Identifying structural damage using wireless sensor nodes
  • Development of structural materials that incorporate biological concepts into their design to allow self-healing or active control of material properties

Sheryl A. Sorby

Professor Emerita, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3393
sheryl@mtu.edu
MEEM 825

Teaching Interests

  • Advanced structural analysis
  • Finite elements
  • Computer applications/mechanics

Research Interests

  • Advanced composite materials for use in civil infrastructure
  • 3-D computer graphics for visualization of complex behaviors

Kelly S. Steelman

Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-1730
steelman@mtu.edu
Meese Center 102

Research Interests

  • Basic and applied attention
  • Models of attention
  • Human performance in aviation
  • Instructional design
  • Display design

Ghatu Subhash

Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3161
subhash@mtu.edu

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Experimental Mechanics
  • High Strain Rate Mechanics
  • Constitutive Behavior of Metallic Glasses
  • Ceramics
  • Structural Foams
  • Composites and Metals
  • Dynamic Hardness & Dynamic Wear Fracture
  • Bio Inspired Nanotechnology

Research Interests

  • Mechanical behavior of metallic glasses, nanostructured materials and porous foams
  • Modeling of material removal mechanisms during high speed grinding and wear
  • Dynamic behavior of rocks, concrete, ceramics, metals, bulk metallic glasses, and composites
  • Hydroforming of aluminum extrusions

Ye Sun

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2249
yes@mtu.edu
MEEM 926

Areas of Expertise

  • Cyber-Physical System
  • Human-Machine Interaction
  • Human Factors in Transportation

Research Interests

  • Wireless Body Area Network and Wireless Health Care
  • Non-contact Physiological Measurement System
  • Data Mining in Human Fatigue Detection
  • Transportation Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Nondestructive Testing (NDT)

N. V. Suryanarayana

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Convective Heat Transfer
  • Heat Transfer with Phase Change

Research Interests

  • Convective heat transfer with and without phase change
  • Heat-transfer augmentation
  • Heat transfer under microgravity conditions

John W. Sutherland

Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3395
jwsuther@mtu.edu

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing
  • Quality
  • Machining
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Manufacturing and environment/sustainability

Kazuya Tajiri

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

SAE Aero Faculty Advisor

906-487-2675
ktajiri@mtu.edu
MEEM 932

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Fuel cell modeling and diagnostics
  • Fuel cell vehicle system modeling
  • Combustion modeling
  • CFD

Research Interests

  • Transport phenomena in multiscale/multiphase systems
  • Thermo-fluid system diagnostics, modeling, and optimization
  • Polymer electrolyte fuel cells for automotive application
  • Renewable energy
  • Combustion dynamics modeling

Radheshyam Tewari

Lecturer

Graduate Seminar Series Coordinator

906-487-1743
rtewari@mtu.edu
MEEM 818
Martin Toth

Martin Toth

Senior Design Training Specialist

906-487-2433
mrtoth@mtu.edu
MEEM 603
Ryan A. Towles

Ryan A. Towles

Academic Advisor

906-487-2564
ratowles@mtu.edu
MEEM 204A
Eddy Trinklein

Eddy Trinklein

Research Engineer

906-487-1741
ehtrinkl@mtu.edu
MEEM 307
Connie Dillman

Connie Tuohimaa

Research & Accounting Coordinator

906-487-3499
connie@mtu.edu
MEEM 812

Madhukar Vable

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2747
mavable@mtu.edu
MEEM 906

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Developing and using computational tools for stress analysis and design
  • Pedagogy of teaching mechanics of materials

Charles D. Van Karsen

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2159
cdvankar@mtu.edu
MEEM 915A

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Vibration
  • Modal Analysis
  • Acoustics

Research Interests

  • Experimental Vibro-Acoustics
  • NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness)
  • Structural Dynamics

Paul van Susante

Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Velovations Enterprise Faculty Advisor

906-487-3253
pjvansus@mtu.edu
MEEM 817

Areas of Expertise

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Engineering Design Process
  • System Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary engineering

Research Interests

  • Extreme environment technologies
  • Soil-machine interaction
  • Planetary science and exploratation
  • Engineering design process
  • Design optimization
  • Robotics and automation
  • System engineering and integration
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Mining technology and space mining technology
  • Advances in Engineering Education
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Mark R Vaughn

Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

(906) 487-2551
mrvaughn@mtu.edu
MEEM 909

Carl R. Vilmann

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2377
crvil@mtu.edu
MEEM 925

Areas of Expertise

  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Stress Analysis
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Magnetoelasticity

Research Interests

  • Plow blade shape optimization
  • Magnetoelastic deformation and buckling

Thomas Wallner

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

HuiFeng Wang

Visiting Research Fellow

huifengw@mtu.edu
MEEM 914

Jeremy Worm

Research Engineer, Advanced Power Systems Research Center

Instructor, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics

Director, Michigan Tech Mobile Lab

906-487-2686
jjworm@mtu.edu
MEEM 709

Research Interests

  • High-Performance Engines (SI & CI)
  • Direct Injection
  • Compressed Natural Gas
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Energy Efficiency

Areas of Expertise

  • Internal Combustion Engines Combustion System Development Variable Valve Lift / Timing Powertrain Calibration Alternative Fuels Engine Integration
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Instrumentation & Testing Ground Vehicle Systems Powertrain Systems

Song-Lin (Jason) Yang

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2624
slyang@mtu.edu
MEEM 829

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Engine Flow Simulation
  • DPF and DOC Modeling and Simulation
  • Computational Aerodynamics

Research Interests

  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Modeling and numerical simulation of diesel particulate trap (DPF) performance during loading and regeneration
  • Diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) converter code development
  • Lattice Boltzmann Method for Porous/Disordered Media

Byeng Dong Youn

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-0755
bdyoun@mtu.edu
MEEM 815

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Reliability-Based Design
  • Multi-scale Computational Analysis and Design
  • Statistical Information Technology (SIT)
  • Biomechanics

Research Interests

  • Design under engineering uncertainties
  • Possibility-/evidence-based design
  • Statistical information technology (SIT)
  • Design sensitivity analysis
  • Biomechanics