Faculty 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

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

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

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

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

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

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;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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.)

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

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

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

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

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

Wiliam Shapton

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-1794
wshapton@mtu.edu
MEEM 709

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

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomedicine
  • Orthopedic implants

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)

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

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

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

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