Faculty and Staff Directory

Parisa Pour Shahid Saeed Abadi

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials
  • Stem cell and tissue engineering
  • Nano-biomaterials
  • Mechanical characterization of advanced materials
  • Sensors and actuators in medical device
  • Finite element analysis (FEA)

Ossama Abdelkhalik

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Interests

  • Space Trajectory Optimization
  • Ocean 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

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

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
  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

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
William (Bill) Atkinson

William (Bill) Atkinson

  • Research Engineer, Advanced Power Systems Research Center

Andrew Barnard

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, SENSE Enterprise

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

  • Director, Engineering Communications Program
  • Instructor

Links of Interest

Ezra Bar-Ziv

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

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

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 Bess

Karen E. Bess

  • Executive Assistant

Sajjad Bigham

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Heat Transfer
  • Thermal Management
  • Multiphase Flows
  • Energy Systems
  • Micro- and Nano-fabrication Techniques

Research Interests

  • Microscale Heat Transfer
  • Microscale Physics of Phase Change Heat Transfer
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Multiphase Flows
  • Micro- and Nano-engineered Materials
  • Energy Conversion and Storage Devices

John Dexter Bird III

  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Jason R. Blough

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Design Dynamic Systems Area
  • Clean Snowmobile Team Faculty Advisor, SAE Faculty Advisor

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

Chunpei Cai

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Fluid dynamics
  • Aerospace and space engineering
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Research Interests

  • Rarefied and non-equilibrium gas dynamics
  • Plasma simulations
  • Electric propulsion
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Debra D. Charlesworth

  • Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate School
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Specialties

  • Review of theses and dissertations
  • Presents and organizes professional development seminars
  • Processes withdrawals
  • Manages new student orientation
  • Manages the postdoctoral affairs offic

 

Bo Chen

  • Dave House Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering

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

Chang Kyoung Choi

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Korean Student Association

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Microscopic Imaging Techniques
  • Micro-/nano-fabrications
  • Cellular Sensing & Single 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;

Houman Dallali

  • Post Doctoral Fellow

James DeClerck

  • Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, Formula SAE Enterprise

Office Hours

by appointment

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
Paul Dice

Paul Dice

  • Mechanical Engineering Researcher
  • Manager - Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APSRC)
Joel Duncan

Joel Duncan

  • Research Associate, Advanced Power Systems Research Center
Brian Eggart

Brian Eggart

  • Research Engineer, Advanced Power Systems Research Center

Steven J. Elmer

  • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Physiology education
  • Neuromuscular function and dysfunction
  • Adaptations to eccentric exercise
  • Exercise-induced fatigue
  • Functional losses following injury
  • Cycling biomechanics

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

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Machining Dynamics
  • Cutting Mechanics
  • Manufacturing Processes

Harold A. Evensen

  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

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
Christina Fabian

Christina Fabian

  • Administrative Aide
Paula Feira-Zenner

Paula Feira-Zenner

  • Director of Operations and Finance

Evandro Ficanha

  • Research Engineer

Craig Friedrich

  • Richard and Bonnie Robbins Chair, Professor, Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Multi-Scale Technologies Institute (MuSTI)

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Micromechanical Systems
  • Nanotechnology

Research Interests

  • Micromechanical machining processes
  • Microsystem design
  • Bionanotechnologies

Lucia Gauchia

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Richard and Elizabeth Henes Assistant Professor of Energy Storage Systems

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Battery energy storage testing, and modeling. Battery aging testing and impedance extraction. Application to vehicle and grid applications.
  • Non-traditional energy storage, such as hydraulic, mechanical or electrochemical for wave energy applications

John K. Gershenson

  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

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

Susanta Ghosh

  • Research Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Instructor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Postdoctoral Research Experience

  • Duke University, Durham
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Technical University of Catalunya, Barcelona

Research Expertise

  • Multi-scale Solid Mechanics
  • Atomistic Modeling
  • Ultrasound Elastography
  • Inverse Problem and Computational Science

Steven Goldsmith

  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Instructor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Research Professor, Computer Science
Michael Goldsworthy

Michael Goldsworthy

  • Senior Capstone Design Training Specialist

Thomas R. Grimm

  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

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

Cameron Hadden

  • Instructor

Tammy L. Haut Donahue

  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Mechanics of Multiscale Materials Research Group

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

Gopal Jayaraman

  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomechanics
  • Orthopaedic Mechanics
  • Sports Safety

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Solid Mechanics

Jingfeng Jiang

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Secondary Graduate Program Advisor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Automated control of ultrasound scanning including the use of 3D printing technology
  • Image and signal processing
  • Non-invasive assessment of biomechanical properties of soft tissues
  • Computer aided analyses of cardiovascular flow

Dana M. Johnson

  • Professor of Supply Chain and Engineering Management, School of Business and Economics
  • Affiliated Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, College of Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management Fundamentals
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Engineering/Six Sigma
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Statistics

Professional Certifications

CSQP - Certified Supplier Quality Professional, CQE - Certified Quality Engineer, CQA - Certified Quality Auditor, CMQ/OE - Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, CSSGB - Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, CPA - Certified Public Accountant - State of Michigan (licensed), CMA - Certified Management Accountant

Research Interests

  • Supply chain management and modeling
  • Service quality and patient experience in healthcare
  • Integrated management systems (IMS)
  • Benchmarking and performance measurement
  • Assessment standards and IMS

Dana M. Johnson

  • Professor of Supply Chain and Engineering Management, School of Business and Economics
  • Affiliated Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, College of Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management Fundamentals
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Engineering/Six Sigma
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Statistics

Professional Certifications

CSQP - Certified Supplier Quality Professional, CQE - Certified Quality Engineer, CQA - Certified Quality Auditor, CMQ/OE - Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, CSSGB - Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, CPA - Certified Public Accountant - State of Michigan (licensed), CMA - Certified Management Accountant

Research Interests

  • Supply chain management and modeling
  • Service quality and patient experience in healthcare
  • Integrated management systems (IMS)
  • Benchmarking and performance measurement
  • Assessment standards and IMS

Jaclyn Johnson

  • Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Engineer

Teaching Interests

  • Energy ThermoFluids Courses - Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Internal Combustion Engines
  • 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

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
  • SAE Blizzard Baja Enterprise Advisor

Dale Kero

  • Senior Major Gift Officer

Off Campus Office

  • 701 1st Merit Bank Building, 400 Quincy St Hancock, Michigan 49930

L. Brad King

  • Ron and Elaine Starr Professor in Space Systems, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Space Systems Research Group
  • Faculty Advisor, Aerospace Enterprise

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
Robert Kinney

Robert Kinney

  • Senior Capstone Design Training Specialist

V.C. Rao Komaravolu

  • Principal Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • PACE Coordinator
  • Indian Student Association Faculty Advisor

Areas of Expertise

  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Power Plant Engineering
  • Computer Aided Design

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
Marlene Lappeus

Marlene Lappeus

  • Assistant Director, Research and Graduate Online Programs

Seong-Young Lee

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Energy Thermo-Fluids (ETF) Area Director

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
  • Velovations Enterprise Faculty Co-Advisor

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

Edward Lumsdaine

  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering Education
  • High-Tech Training
  • Noise and Vibrations
  • Heat Transfer
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Problem Solving and Communications
Jonathan Lund

Jonathan Lund

  • Machine Shop Attendent

Nina Mahmoudian

  • Lou and Herbert Wacker Associate Professor in Autonomous Mobile Systems, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, SENSE Enterprise

Areas of Expertise

  • Unmanned Systems
  • Dynamics and Controls
  • System Design

Research Interests

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

Hassan Masoud

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Scientific Computing

Research Interests

  • Interfacial and Multiphase Flows
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Mechanics of Soft Matter
  • Biological and Bio-Inspired Fluid Mechanics
  • Flow Through Porous Media
  • Micro and Nano Fluidics

Guy Meadows

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Large scale field experimentation in the Inland Seas of the Great Lakes and coastal oceans
  • Nearshore hydrodynamics and prediction
  • Autonomous and semi-autonomous environmental monitoring platforms (surface and sub-surface)
  • Underwater acoustic remote sensing
  • Marine engineering

Ezequiel Medici

  • Research Assistant Professor & Instructor

Research Interests

  • Numerical modeling and experimental analysis of multi-transport at the microscale and porous media: PEM fuel cells mass transport limitations, diapers, heat pipes, and oil recovery.
  • Shock tube experiments: modeling of violent volcanic eruptions, shock waves propagation on complex structures, dusty supersonic jets expansion, blast absolving materials.
  • Kinetic and diffusive modeling of phase change. Phase change in cryogenic fluid propellants.

Scott A Miers

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

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

Ibrahim Miskioglu

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, BoardSport Technologies Enterprise
  • Solid Mechanics (SM) Area Director and Faculty Advisor, SEM

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
Christopher Morgan

Christopher Morgan

  • Operations Manager Michigan Tech Mobile Lab
  • Advanced Powertrain Systems
  • Instructor

Barzin Moridian

  • Research Engineer

Stephen M. Morse

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Window Glass Strength Design
  • Wind loads on Structures
  • Finite Element Modeling of Brittle Materials
  • Large Scale Data Processing and Data Mining

Jeffrey D. Naber

  • Ron and Elaine Starr Professor in Energy Systems, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Advanced Power Systems Research Center
  • Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Advisor

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Interests

  • Combustion processes and combustion control of hydrogen and hydrogen dual fueled 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

Links of Interest

Pedagogic Interests

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Numerical methods for differential equations
  • Symbolic solution packages

Research Interests

  • Numerical solutions and applications to engineering of non-linear partial differential equations
  • Low Reynolds Number fluid physics
Alex Normand

Alex Normand

  • Office Assistant
  • 906-487-1131
  • MEEM 1010

Gregory M. Odegard

  • Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Computational Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Affiliated Professor, Materials Science and Engineering and ASME Faculty Advisor

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science

Research Interests

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computational Chemistry
Robert Page

Robert W. Page

  • Laboratory Facilities Manager, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Advisor, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise

Sudhakar M. Pandit

  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

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 and Cathi Drake Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonlinear Controls
  • Mechatronics
  • Microgrids

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

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

Joshua M. Pearce

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Open Source Hardware Enterprise

Areas of Interest

  • Photovoltaic Materials and Electronic Device Physics of Solar Photovoltaic Cells, Solar Energy Systems and Distributed Generation
  • Green Engineering: Solar Energy, Sustainable Development, Open Source Appropriate Technology, Waste Recycling, Circular Economy, and Energy Policy
  • Open Source Hardware, 3-D Printing, RepRap (self-replicating rapid prototyper), Low-cost Metal 3-D Printing, Distributed Manufacturing, Scientific Hardware

Anthony (Tony) Pinar

  • Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Senior Design Coordinator, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Research Engineer, Advanced Power Systems Research Center

Areas of Interest

  • Machine Learning
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Data Fusion
  • Electronics

Fernando Ponta

  • Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor in Wind Energy

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

  • JS Endowed Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

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

Youngchul Ra

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Combustion/Chemical kinetics
  • Internal Combustion Engine

Specialties

  • Advanced Combustion Modeling: Gasoline Compression Ignition (GCI), Reactive Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI),High Pressure Torch Jet Combustion (HPTJC), Ignition, Flame propagation
  • Engine CFD: Full Conjugate Multi-domain code, Engine combustion application, Code development
  • Chemical kinetics: Multi-component fuel chemistry, Surface chemistry, Soot, Emissions.
  • Alternative Fuel Research: Biofuel, Additives, Spray modeling, Fuel assessment and design
  • High Performance Computing Technology: Parallel computing, Solver algorithm, Optimization

Mo Rastgaar

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

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

Meysam Razmara

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Model Predictive Control (MPC)
  • Integration of Energy Efficient Buildings to Grid (B2G)
  • Exergy-based Control of Energy Systems
  • Powertrain Control
  • Solar Energy Integration with B2G Systems

Rush D. Robinett III

  • The Richard and Elizabeth Henes Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering
  • Director of Research
  • Agile and Interconnected Microgrids Center Co-Director

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

Darrell L. Robinette

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Powertrain control
  • Automatic transmissions
  • Drivetrain dynamics
  • Torque converters
  • Hybrid electric vehicle system integration and control

Research Interests

  • Advanced propulsion and power transfer systems
  • Automatic transmission systems design
  • Integration and control
  • Hybrid electric propulsion systems
  • Driveline torsional vibration analysis and testing
  • Rotating machinery NVH
  • Dynamic/digital signal processing
  • Lumped parameter modeling

Trisha Sain

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Constitutive modeling of materials, focusing on polymers, polymer-composites, coupled physics behavior
  • Fracture, damage and impact behavior on materials
  • Analysis, design and testing of novel multifunctional lightweight polymer composite materials
  • High rate deformation in polymers
  • Predictive modeling of fracture in brittle materials
  • Biomechanics of artificial tissue and soft interfaces
Paul Sanders
"The more you do, the more you do."
—George Sanders (my Dad)

Paul G. Sanders

  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Information Technology, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin University

Teaching Interests

  • Integration of design, ICME tools, Six Sigma, and experiments to create new materials
  • Material (Metal) Design: Microstructure design through alloy and processing
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): Thermo-Calc, MAGMASOFT
  • Six Sigma: Application of statistical tools to material design; especially designed experiments
  • Synthesize new materials through melt, deformation, or additive methods
  • Apply design, ICME, statistics, and experiments in undergraduate project work (Enterprise and Capstone Design experiences)

Research Interests

  • Material Design in aluminum, ferrous, nickel, and zinc systems
  • Application of ICME and statistical tools to material design; use designed experiments (especially mixture DOEs) to assess thermodynamic and kinetic processing space
  • Experimental verification of simulated material designs through metal casting, wrought (extrusion, rolling, drawing, swaging) processing, and/or additive manufacturing
  • Design and assess mechanical (tensile/fatigue/creep), electrical (conductivity), wear, and corrosion properties
  • Applications in sustainability, transportation (light weighting), efficiency (high temperature stability), and wear resistance (in process surface optimization)
  • Research areas: high temperature aluminum, cast iron, and nickel alloys; high strength aluminum, aluminum and steel alloys for additive manufacturing
Tina Sarazin

Tina Sarazin

  • Staff Assistant

Henry Schmidt

  • Mechanical Engineering Researcher
  • Manager - Advanced Energy Research Building (AERB)

Mahdi Shahbakhti

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Co-Advisor of Alternative Energy Enterprise

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamic Systems Modeling and Control
  • Powertrain/Vehicle Control
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Vehicular Emissions and Aftertreatment Systems
  • Building Energy Controls

Research Interests

  • Modeling and Control of Energy Systems
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Connected Vehicles
  • Advanced Combustion Engines
  • Energy Control of Buildings in a Smart Grid
  • HVAC/Climate Controls

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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

Wiliam Shapton

  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Design
  • Kinematics
  • Vibration
  • Modal Analysis
  • NVH
  • Noise Path Analysis
  • Sound Quality

Research Interests

  • Design and experimental modal analysis of dynamic structures

Tolou Shokuhfar

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomedicine
  • Orthopedic implants

Kelly S. Steelman

  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

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

Tricia Stein

  • Interim Academic Advisor

Cortino Sukotjo

  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Ye Sun

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Links of Interest

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing
  • Quality
  • Machining
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Manufacturing and environment/sustainability

Stanislaw Szwaja

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Kazuya Tajiri

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • SAE Aero Faculty Advisor

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Ex-situ and in-situ characterization of transport properties through porous media
  • Proton exchange membrane fuel cell in-situ diagnostics and modeling
  • Fuel cell systems modeling and analysis
  • Primary / secondary metal-air battery diagnostics and modeling
  • Gas-liquid two-phase flows in microchannels
  • Shock wave compression in microchannels

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
  • Faculty Advisor, Innovative Global Solutions Enterprise

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing
  • Senior Capstone Design Projects
  • Product Realization
  • Dynamics
  • Manufacturing
  • Metrology
  • Production Planning
  • Quality Engineering
  • Design of Experiments
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Micromanufacturing
  • Semiconductor Fabrication
  • Implantable Medical Devices

Areas of Expertise

  • Micromachining
  • Micromanufacturing
  • Semiconductor Fabrication Processes

Research Interests

  • Microsystems Development
  • Nanotechnology
  • Medical Devices
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Engineering Education
Martin Toth

Martin Toth

  • Senior Design Training Specialist
Ryan Towles

Ryan A. Towles

  • Academic Advisor
Eddy Trinklein

Eddy Trinklein

  • Research Engineer
  • Instructor
Connie Tuohimaa

Connie Tuohimaa

  • Manager of Finance and Accounting

Madhukar Vable

  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

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

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

  • Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Mining Innovation Enterprise (MINE) Faculty Advisor

Teaching Interests

  • Engineering Design Process
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • System Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Practice
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Intro to Aerospace Engineering
  • Senior Design Capstone / Enterprise Project
  • Product Realization

Areas of Expertise

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Structural Design
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Engineering Design Process
  • System Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering (Aerospace, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mining, Architecture)
  • Extreme Environment Design
  • Civil and Mining Engineering
  • Education
  • Optimization and Modeling

Research Interests

  • Advances in Engineering Education
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Extreme Environment Technologies (Space, Underwater, Mining, Arctic, etc.)
  • Excavation and Mining Technology
  • Planetary Science and Exploration
  • Design Optimization
  • Robotics and Automation
  • System Engineering and Integration
  • Additive Manufacturing

Mark R Vaughn

  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Carl R. Vilmann

  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Interests

  • Plow blade shape optimization
  • Magnetoelastic deformation and buckling
Cindy Wadaga

Cindy Wadaga

  • Graduate Program Assistant

Zequn Wang

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Design under uncertainty
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Model calibration and validation
  • Metamodeling

Research Interests

  • Design for reliability and system resilience
  • Prognostics and health management
  • Design of engineered material systems
  • Uncertainty management

Jeremy Worm

  • Research Engineer, Advanced Power Systems Research Center
  • Instructor, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Michigan Tech Mobile Lab

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

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