Adjunct and Affiliated Faculty

  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Innovation & Technology, University of Michigan-Flint
  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Acoustics, Penn State

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
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, CEAs-Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Micro-scale Thermophysics
  • Interfacial Transport
  • Capillary Phenomena
  • Cryogenics
  • Neutron Imaging
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Scientific Computing
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University

Links of Interest

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
  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Instructor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisiana - Lafayette

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

Teaching Experience

  • BE 4510 and 5510: Cardiovascular Engineering
  • BE 3350: Introduction to Human Biomechanics

Research Areas

  • Cardiovascular Biomechanics
  • Cardiovascular Biofluids
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Medical Devices
  • Patient-Specific Modeling
  • Professor of Practice, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Affiliated Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Machining and Additive Manufacturing Facilities

Research Interests

  • Automation of manufacturing processes
  • Additive, subtractive, hybrid manufacturing systems

Teaching Interests

  • Fundamentals of Machine Tool Technology
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Applied Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Adjunct 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
  • Assistant Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics—Solid Mechanics
    • Head Impacts
    • Helmet Performance and Design
  • Solid Mechanics
    • Finite Element Analysis and Vibration Analysis
  • Manufacturing
    • Machinability of Metals

Specialties

  • Understanding football helmet design and performance
  • Solid mechanics and finite element analysis methods
  • Helping student groups with design and analysis of components
  • Vibration analysis
  • Shock analysis methods
Shanwu Li

Shanwu Li

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • VP - Engineering @ Orbion Space Technology
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

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.
  • 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
  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Co-Advisor of Alternative Energy Enterprise

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
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Technical Fellow at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Jason Sommerville

Jason Sommerville

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • CTO, Co-founder of Orbion Space Technology, Inc.
  • Professor Emerita, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

  • Advanced composite materials for use in civil infrastructure
  • 3-D computer graphics for visualization of complex behaviors
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Associate Professor, Engineering, University of Virginia

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Interests

  • Wearable sensors and electronics
  • Wearable robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Human factors
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Senior Engineer, Orbion Space Technology

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Space Propulsion
  • Plasma Physics
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Electrospray

Areas of Interest

  • Plasma diagnostics
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Space simulation facilities
Vinicius Vinhaes

Vinicius Bonfochi Vinhaes

  • Manager, Training and Curriculum Development for the Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APSRC)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Associate Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Associate Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Metal forming manufacturing
  • Micro scale hydroforming operations
  • Friction stir processing

Teaching Interests

  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Lean Manufacturing and Production Planning
  • Facilities Layout and Safety Design
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Associate Professor, UESTC, China (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China)

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
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Structural Dynamics and Vibrations
  • Structural Health Monitoring, Prognosis and Diagnosis
  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • Design Optimization
  • Machine Learning and Data Analytics