Instructors

Theresa M. Ahlborn, PE

  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Director, Center for Structural Durability

Teaching Interests

  • Prestressed Concrete Bridges
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Bridge Engineering - Design and Construction
  • Structural Analysis and Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Structural Engineering
  • Prestressed Concrete Bridges
  • Applications of UHPC for Buildings and Bridges
  • Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing
  • Remote Sensing for Bridge Condition Assessment
  • Bridge Inspection with Today’s Advancing Technologies
  • Anchorage and Development of Reinforcement

Jeffrey S. Allen

  • John F. and Joan M. Calder Professor in Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies, 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

Brian D. Barkdoll, PE

  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Dam Decommissioning
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Hydraulic Structures
  • River Mechanics
  • Sediment Transport
  • Stream Rehabilitation
  • Sustainability

Andrew Barnard

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Associate 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

Paul L. Bergstrom

  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Micro-electromechanical systems
  • Micromachining materials and process technologies
  • Inertial pressure
  • Nanoscaled technologies enabling nanoelectronic devices
  • Technologies for the monolithic integration of sensors and actuators with electronics

Sajjad Bigham

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Interests

  • Microscale Heat Transfer
  • Microscale Physics of Boiling and Condensation Heat Transfer
  • Interfacial Transport Phenomena at Extreme Temperatures and Pressures
  • Multiphase Systems under Harsh Operating Conditions
  • HVAC&R Systems
  • Desalination Systems
  • Micro- and Nano-engineered Materials
  • Energy Conversion and Storage Devices

Jason R. Blough

  • Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies
  • 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

Luke Bowman

  • Research Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Curriculum Development Assistant

William M. Bulleit, PE

  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Structural Reliability
  • Probabilistic Analysis and Reliability in Civil Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Timber Design
  • Advanced Structural Analysis: Energy Methods and Structural Stability
  • Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design

Research Interests

  • Structural Reliability/Probabilistic Modeling
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Computational Intelligence Applications in Civil Engineering
  • Philosophy of Engineering
  • Wood Structures and Elements
  • Structural Wood Engineering
  • Load-Duration Behavior of Wood Members and Connections

Jeffrey B. Burl

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Control systems
  • Development of a low cost collision avoidance system for general aviation (FAA)
  • Intelligent control of automotive manufacturing systems (GM)
  • Adaptive optics (AFOSR)
  • Reentry body control (SSP)
  • Image motion analysis and image based tracking systems (AFOSR)
  • Control theory: extended H estimation; uncertainty reduction in µ-synthesis (SSP)
  • Astronomy/observatory upgrades (fun)

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

Snehamoy Chatterjee

  • Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Mine Planning and Design under Uncertainties
  • Production monitoring and automated control using image sensors
  • Multi-point and multi-scale geostatistics
  • Mine safety, reliability, and occupational risk modeling
  • Statistical and artificial intelligence modeling

Teaching Interests

  • Mine Planning and Design
  • Geostatistics and Mineral Resource Estimation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Reliability and Safety Engineering
  • Blasting and Fragmentation

Bo Chen

  • Dave House 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

Filiberto Chiabrando

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Close Range Photogrammetry
  • Geomatics
  • UAV Photogrammetry
  • Terrestrial LiDAR Scanning and 3D Modeling

Research Interests

  • Photogrammetry
  • Uncrewed aerial systems
  • Laser scanning
  • 3D reconstruction
  • 3D modelling
  • Virtual Reality/Augmented
  • SLAM
  • BIM/HBIM

Christopher (Kit) Cischke

  • Senior Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Wireless Communication Enterprise

Areas of Interest

  • Parallel computing and UPC
  • Engineering education

Jeana L. Collins

  • Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering

Qingli Dai

  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Matrix structural analysis, Finite element analysis, Civil engineering materials and Computational transportation materials

Research Interests

  • Computational analysis for material research: multiscale modeling, finite element analysis, discrete element analysis, multiphysical modeling, fracture simulation and molecular dynamics
  • Self-healing and accelerated healing of asphalt mixtures, micromechanical modeling
  • Internal curing concrete, early-age properties and concrete durability
  • Self-healing construction materials, alternative and sustainable infrastructure materials
  • Active-material actuator design, wind-structure interaction, vibration reduction
  • Acoustic and ultrasonic measurement, advanced X-ray and neutron scattering characterization.

Yousef Darestani

  • Research Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Structural Analysis
  • Structural Reliability

Research Interests

  • Risk and Reliability of Infrastructure Systems
  • Life Cycle Resilience Enhancement
  • Community Resilience Assessment
  • Machine Learning
  • Network Analysis
  • Wind Engineering

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

Daniel M. Dowden, PE, SE

  • Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Structural dynamics
  • Steel design
  • Reinforced concrete design
  • Structural analysis

Research Interests

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Self-centering systems
  • Resilient infrastructure
  • Structural control
  • Nonlinear response of steel structures due to extreme loadings
  • Experimental testing using static, pseudo-dynamic, and dynamic methods

John S. Gierke, PE

  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Hydrogeology
  • Ground water Engineering
  • Contaminant Transport
  • Subsurface Remediation

Research Interests

  • Field performance of air sparging for removing volatile organic chemicals from ground water
  • Volatile organic vapor transport in unsaturated soils
  • Sulfur dioxide interactions with volcanic ash

Stephen A. Hackney

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Electron microscopy
  • Materials characterization
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics
  • Electronic materials
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • Lithium ion batteries, ceramic battery materials
  • Surface and interface dynamics
  • Thin films and nanostructures
  • Thermodynamics
  • Magnetic materials
  • Diffusional instabilities and applications of electron microscopy

Sang Yoon Han

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
  • Advisor, Korean Student Association

Research Interests

Lab Web Page

Research Interests

  • Mechanobiology
  • Traction force by a living cell
  • Cell adhesion and migration
  • Image data modeling
  • Machine learning
  • BioMEMS

Robert M. Handler

  • Operations Manager/Senior Research Engineer, Sustainable Futures Institute
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Staff, Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Sustainable water and energy systems
  • Life-cycle assessment
  • Biofuels
  • Aquaponics and hydroponics
  • Sustainable manufacturing processes
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Iron chemistry
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Natural resource economics

Nicholas V. Hendrickson

  • Operations/Facilities Supervisor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Jason Hiebel

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science

Jeffery Pereira Hollingsworth

  • Professor of Practice, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Research Interests

  • UAV Uses and Geomatics Applications
  • Spatial Data Adjustments
  • Multibeam/Single Beam Hydrographic Surveying and Bathymetric Surveys
  • Boundary Determinations and Legal Principles
  • Terrestrial LiDAR integration and GIS
Mike Hyslop
"A good map tells a multitude of little white lies; it suppresses truth to help the user see what needs to be seen. ...the value of a map depends on how well its content reflects a chosen aspect of reality."
—Mark Monmonier

Mike Hyslop

  • Principal Lecturer
  • Master of Geographic Information Science Degree Program Director

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic information systems
  • Cartography
  • Global positioning systems
  • Great Lakes Quaternary (glacial) geomorphology

John L. Irwin

  • Professor and Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Director, Research and Innovation in STEAM Education Institute (RISE)

Research Interests

  • Problem-based learning methods applied in the areas of CAD/CAM
  • Static and dynamic model simulation
  • Product and manufacturing work cell verification

Teaching Interests

  • Parametric Modeling
  • Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Product Design and Development
  • CAE and FEA Methods
  • Computer-aided Manufacturing
  • Senior Design

Kartik Iyer

  • Assistant Professor, Physics
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  •  Atmospheric Physics
  • Turbulence
  • Thermal convection
  • Numerical simulations
  • Supercomputing
Mickey Jarvi
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference"
—Robert Frost

Mickey Jarvi

  • Lecturer

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest ecology with an emphasis on belowground processes
  • Ecophysiology
  • Forest response to global climate change
  • Tree species native range differences in nutrient cycling
  • Forestry and natural resource issues identified through the use of multispectral and hyperspectral imagery attached to unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) 

Jingfeng Jiang

  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduate Program Director, 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

Yongmei M. Jin

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Microstructure Evolution in Crystalline Solids
  • Solid State Phase Transformations
  • Magnetic Domains
  • Single Crystal Diffraction and Diffuse Scattering
  • Computational Materials Science

Dana M. Johnson

  • Affiliated Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Professor Emerita Engineering Management, College of Business

Teaching Interests

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

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

L. Brad King

  • Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor (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

Sean J. Kirkpatrick

  • Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Biomedical optics
  • Lasers and other light sources for biology and medicine
  • Non-contact measurement of tissue mechanics and fluid flows
  • Coherent imaging

David M. Labyak

  • Assistant Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics—Solid Mechanics
    • Head Impacts
    • Helmet Performance and Design
  • Solid Mechanics
    • Finite Element Analysis and Vibration Analysis

Specialties

  • Understanding football helmet design and performance.
  • Solid mechanics and finite element analysis methods.
  • Helping student groups (such as Baha and Clean Snowmobile) with design and analysis of components.
  • Vibration analysis.
  • Shock analysis methods.
  • Youth Hockey Coaching Do’s and Don’ts.

Don Lafreniere

  • Associate Professor of Geography and GIS
  • Director, Geospatial Research Facility
  • Director, Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab (HESAL)

Research Interests

  • Environmental Change and Life Course Epidemiology
  • Urban Environments and Population Health
  • Public Participatory GIS
  • Historical GIS & Deep Mapping
  • Spatial Humanities 
  • Deindustrialization and Shrinking Cities
  • Time-Space Integration and Modeling in GIS
  • Demography and Historical Record Linkage
  • Sense of Place and Neighborhood Construction

Edward A Laitila

  • Senior Research Engineer/Scientist II
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Focus on X-ray diffraction techniques

Research Interests

  • X-ray diffraction theory and applications
  • Mechanical alloying
  • Intermetallic materials
  • Physical metallurgy
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Materials characterization
  • Powder metallurgy

Seong-Young Lee

  • 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 Combustion 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

Alfred Leick

  • Adjunct Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Eugene Levin, CP

  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Director, Integrated Geospatial Technology Graduate Program
  • Faculty Advisor, Digital Mapping Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Integrated geospatial technologies for sustainable development
  • Mobile mapping platforms for geographical and environmental studies
  • SAR- and LIDAR-based remote sensing and GIS
  • Geosensorics, real-time networks of geosensors
  • Human-computer symbiosis for knowledge extraction and expertise transfer
  • Visual perception in remote sensing and GIS
  • 3-D geospatial visualization and augmented reality
  • Visual and automated feature extraction in multispectral and hyperspectral image interpretation
  • Geospatial-sensor modeling and calibration
  • Image processing and automated feature extraction from aerial and satellite imagery
  • Automated systems for vision-based autonomous navigation and control of manned/unmanned robotic platforms
  • Image fusion and analysis
  • Photogrammetry of aerial and high-resolution satellite imagery

Teaching Interests

  • Earth observation systems
  • Geodesy
  • Photogrammetry
  • Geospatial technologies, data, and systems
  • Global positioning systems
  • Remote sensing
  • LIDAR-, SAR-/InSAR-based remote sensing
  • Geospatial 3-D visualization
  • Geospatial imaging: perception and interpretation
  • Introductory and advanced GIS
  • Spatial analysis and modeling
  • Spatial decision support
  • Cartography and cybercartography

Miguel Levy

  • Professor, Physics and Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Photonics
  • Nonreciprocal Phenomena

Tao Liu

  • Assistant Professor in Remote Sensing and GIS

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Remote sensing
  • Change detection
  • Natural disaster mapping
  • Invasive species mapping
  • Landcover mapping
  • Vegetation property extraction with remote sensing techniques 

Steven Ma

  • Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Autonomous Wheeled Vehicles
  • Machine Design
  • Mechanism
  • Hydraulics and Electro-Hydraulic Control
  • Welding and Fatigue
  • Bolted Joints Design
  • FEA in Structural, Thermal, and Fluid Dynamics

Research Interests

  • Drilling Technology
  • Hydraulics
  • Buckling
  • Welding & Fatigue 
Ann Maclean
"The practical application of knowledge is what moves us forward."

Ann Maclean

  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Remote sensing
  • Digital image processing
  • Geographic information systems
  • Spatial modeling

Hassan Masoud

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

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

Cory P. McDonald

  • Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Surface Water Quality Engineering
  • Water Quality Modeling

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Aquatic-terrestrial connectivity and landscape-scale drivers of water quality
  • Water quality modeling
  • Carbon cycling and ecosystem metabolism
  • Nutrient biogeochemistry
Ray Molzon

Ray Molzon

  • Lecturer, Mathematical Sciences

Stephen M. Morse, PE

  • Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial 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

Amitabh Narain

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Aurenice M. Oliveira

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Vehicular Communications: inter-vehicle (VANETs, V2X) and intra-vehicle (CAN, Automotive Ethernet, LIN, FlexRay, MOST)
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Communication Networks and Systems
  • Wireless Communications
  • Network Security
  • Signal Processing

Thomas Oommen

  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Methods in Geomechanics
  • Computational Geoscience
  • Remote Sensing for Geotechniques
  • Geostatistics and Data Analysis
  • Engineering Geology and Geoinformatics

Research Interests

  • Liquefaction susceptibility evaluation at local and regional scales using in-situ measurements and remote sensing observations
  • Estimating liquefaction induced damage such as lateral spread displacement
  • Transportation Geotechniques
  • Documenting earthquake induced damages, especially liquefaction using aerial/satellite images that are sensitive to surficial moisture
  • Geotechnical asset monitoring
  • Machine Learning

Gordon G. Parker

  • John and Cathi Drake Endowed Chair in 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

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

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

Smitha Rao

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Links of Interests

Research webpage

Research Interests

  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microfluidics for cancer research
  • Microenvironment platforms to characterize cellular interactions
  • Sensors and devices for biomedical sensing and implantable devices
  • Piezo-based polymeric sensors
  • Microscale devices for biomedical sensors
  • Electrospun fibers for scaffold and electrical sensing

Kurt A. Rickard

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Tony N. Rogers

  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Co-Advisor, Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Process simulation and improvement
  • Physical property prediction and measurement
  • Electrical energy storage

Michael C. Roggemann

  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Optics
  • Image reconstruction and processing
  • Pattern recognition
  • Adaptive and atmospheric optics

Chelsea Schelly

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, CFRES

Research Interests

  • Alternative technology adoption
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Renewable and alternative technology policy
  • Sustainable communities
  • Energy conservation and consumption practices
  • Self-provisioning
  • Environmental education

Timothy J. Schulz

  • University Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Statistical signal processing

Elena Semouchkina

  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Physics

Job Opening

There is an open PhD position in the field of photonic crystals & metamaterials. Contact esemouch@mtu.edu

Areas of Interest

  • Computational electromagnetic analysis
  • Computer-aided design and development of microwave and photonic devices
  • Dielectric metamaterials and photonic crystals
  • Electromagnetic cloaking
  • High-contrast materials integration
  • Materials and device characterization at microwaves

David R. Shonnard

  • Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Richard and Bonnie Robbins Chair in Sustainable Materials

Research Interests

  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Alternative energy/Biofuels
  • Sustainability

Roman Shults

  • Adjunct Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Orhan Soykan

  • Professor of Practice, Biomedical Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Implantable Devices
  • Biosensors
  • Power and Telemetry schemes
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Bioinformatics and Proteomics

Specialties

  • Implantable Devices, Biosensors, Molecular Medicine

R. Andrew Swartz, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Application computationally efficient and robust embedded algorithms for monitoring and protection of civil infrastructure assets such as buildings, bridges, pipelines, wind turbines, roadways, and railroads.

Douglas J. Swenson

  • Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Materials characterization
  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetics
  • Phase transformations
  • Electronic materials
  • Senior design

Research Interests

  • Thermodynamics and phase diagram modeling
  • Diffusion and solid-state reaction kinetics, and the application of these principles to the solution of materials problems

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

  • Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • 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

Petr Titarov

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Scott W. Wagner

  • Associate Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Research Interests

  • Micro metal forming manufacturing
  • Micro scale hydroforming operations

Teaching Interests

  • Applied thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Industrial safety management
  • Integrated design and manufacturing
  • Materials science
  • Statics and strength of materials

Greg Waite

  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Seismic source mechanisms of tectonic and volcanic earthquakes
  • Mantle and crustal-scale seismic tomography
  • The relationship of seismic anisotropy to fluids and strain
  • Active-source investigations of magmatic systems
  • Triggering of earthquakes by magmatic and hydrous fluid migration
  • Relationship between shallow syneruptive volcanic earthquakes and degassing

Yu U. Wang

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Phase Transforming Materials for Advanced Properties
  • In-Situ Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction and Neutron Scattering of Single Crystals, Diffuse Scattering of Nanodomains
  • Dielectric, Ferroelectric, Magnetoelectric Materials and Composites
  • Colloidal Self-Assembly in Multi-Liquid-Phase Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation of Microstructures and Properties

Zhaohui Wang

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Communications
  • Signal processing
  • Communication networks
  • Network security
  • Emphasis on underwater acoustic applications

David D. Wanless

  • Senior Lecturer, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Research Interests

  • Leader development
  • Electric vehicles
  • Ethical theory and applications

Teaching Interests

  • Applied fluid power
  • Computer-cyber ethics and policy
  • Internal-combustion engines
  • Leadership in complex organizations
  • Quality techniques
  • Senior design

David Watkins, PE

  • Distinguished Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Water resources planning and management
  • Environmental systems analysis
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic engineering
  • Optimization methods
  • Learning through service

Research Interests

  • Integrated water resources planning
  • Hydrologic modeling and forecasting
  • Flood risk management
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation planning
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus
  • Systems optimization under uncertainty
  • Sustainable development engineering

Melanie Kueber Watkins, PE

  • Research Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • River and Floodplain Hydraulics
  • Water Resources Modeling & Design
  • Water/wastewater/storm systems design
  • Senior Design
  • International Senior Design
  • Statics

Research Interests

  • 1D & 2D water modeling using 3D surfaces 
  • Flood inundation mapping
  • Modeling using large lidar and digital bathymetry datasets
  • Water management structure design for highways, industrial developments: culverts, bridge openings, storm sewers, in-line detention/ponds, floodway/floodplain mitigation
  • Sanitary sewer force main rehabilitation rehab research & design including pump station evaluations

Wayne W. Weaver

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Interest

  • Power electronics systems
  • Microgrids
  • Non-linear and game theoretic controls
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Electric drives and machinery

Veronica L. Webster, PE

  • Associate Professor, Water Resources Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Probability and statistics
  • Stochastic hydrology
  • Numerical methods
  • Water resources
  • Risk analysis and management

Research Interests

  • Water resources
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Flood frequency and analysis of extreme events
  • Impacts of climate and land use changes
Rudiger Wolf

Rudiger Escobar Wolf

  • Research Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Xin Xi

  • Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Links of Interest

Research group webpage

 PhD positions are available for NASA-funded project. Contact Dr. Xi for details.

Research Interests

  • Process-based modeling of the sources, transformation, transport, and sinks of atmospheric particulate matter and gases, and their impact on climate and air quality

  • Interactions between changes in land-cover/land-use and atmospheric compositions

  • Remote sensing science and applications in environmental mapping, modeling, and monitoring

  • Synergy between physically-based modeling and machine learning in climate and air quality research

Pengfei Xue

  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Director, Numerical Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Great Lakes Research Center

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Introductory Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Hydrodynamic Modeling
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Modeling

Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Regional climate modeling
  • Coupled ocean-atmosphere dynamics
  • Data assimilation and machine learning
  • Biophysical processes in the Great Lakes
  • Estuary and coastal ocean processes

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

Yongchao Yang

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Structural dynamics
  • System identification
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • High-resolution sensing/imaging
  • Machine learning
  • Computer vision