Faculty Directory

Ossama Abdelkhalik

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Optimal N-Impulse Orbit Transfers Using Genetic algorithms
  • Optimal Orbit Design for Remote Sensing Missions Using Genetic Algorithms
  • Spacecraft Formation Flying navigation and control
  • Spacecraft Orbit Maintenance
  • Satellite Constellation Design for Earth Observation Missions
  • Two-Way Orbits

Areas of Expertise

  • Space Mechanics
  • Spacecraft Dynamics

Jeffrey S. Allen

John & Joan Calder Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Stability of evaporating and condensing liquid films
  • Microfluidic systems such as lab-on-a-chip
  • Microfluid diagnostic development
  • Design and optimization of micro-fuel reformers
  • Low-gravity fluid dynamics

Areas of Expertise

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

Carl L. Anderson

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Engineering

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-2005, 906-487-2378
cander@mtu.edu
M&M 703, MEEM 920

Links of Interest

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Ezra Bar-Ziv

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Combustion and dynamics of single particles
  • Combustion and pyrolysis

John E. Beard

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Faculty Advisor, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Enterprise

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

Research Interests

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Design of Mechanical Systems
  • Bioengineering
  • Manufacturing

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

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Bo Chen

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dave House Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Mechatronics and embedded systems
  • Agent Technology
  • IC engine management systems
  • Modeling and control of hybrid electric vehicles
  • Battery control for HEV and energy storage systems
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Automation

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

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
  • Chemotaxis
  • Fluid Flow-induced Shear Effect on Chondrons

Areas of Expertise

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

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 Systems & Sensors Group

Director, Multi-Scale Technologies Institute (MuSTI)

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

Links of Interest

Research interests

  • Micromechanical machining processes
  • Microsystem design
  • Nanosensing

Areas of Expertise

  • Micromechanical Systems
  • Nanotechnology

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 Interest

  • Energy Storage Systems
  • State estimation for batteries and supercapacitors

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

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Mahesh Gupta

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Links of Interest

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Gopal Jayaraman

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Faculty Advisor, ASME

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

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Solid Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomechanics
  • Orthopaedic Mechanics
  • Sports Safety

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

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Space Propulsion
  • Plasma Physics
  • Optical Fluid Diagnostics

Seong-Young Lee

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Energy Thermo-Fluids (ETF) Area Director

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

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Edward Lumsdaine

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Research Interests

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Nina Mahmoudian

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonlinear Control and Dynamics
  • Cooperative Control of Multi Agent Systems
  • Autonomous Vehicles with Special Interest in Underwater Gliders

Scott Miers

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Graduate Seminar Series Coordinator

906-487-2709
samiers@mtu.edu
MEEM 924

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Internal combustion engine efficiency, emissions, and performance
  • Alternative and renewable fuels research 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

Areas of Expertise

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

Michele H. Miller

Associate Professor, Associate Chair and Director of
Undergraduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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

906-487-3025
mhmiller@mtu.edu
MEEM 810

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Vibration assisted grinding and water-jet assisted grinding
  • Wheel wear and wheel loading mechanisms
  • Machining of ceramics
  • Machine tool dynamics
  • Optical micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Human factors in design

Areas of Expertise

  • Grinding
  • Precision Engineering
  • MEMS
  • Human Factors

Ibrahim Miskioglu

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Faculty Advisor, BoardSport Technologies Enterprise

Faculty Advisor, SEM

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

Links of Interest

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Composite Materials

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

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Amitabh Narain

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Links of Interest

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.)

Areas of Expertise

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

Gregory M. Odegard

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Solid Mechanics (SM) Area Director

906-487-2329
gmodegar@mtu.edu
MEEM 930

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Biomechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science

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

Research Interests

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonlinear Controls
  • Mechatronics
  • Dynamics

Chris E. Passerello

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Links of Interest

Research Interests

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamics
  • Vibrations
  • Finite Elements

Fernando Ponta

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Research Interests

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

Areas of Expertise

  • 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

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Mo Rastgaar

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Human-Robot Interactions
  • Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics
  • Dynamic Systems and Controls
  • Smart Structures

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

Research Interests

  • Modeling and Control of Energy Systems
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Fuel Flex Powertrains
  • Energy Control of Buildings in a Smart Grid

Areas of Expertise

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

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Tolou Shokuhfar

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3104
tshokuhf@mtu.edu
MEEM 907

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomedicine
  • Orthopedic implants

Sheryl A. Sorby

Professor Emerita, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

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

Kazuya Tajiri

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

SAE Aero Faculty Advisor

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

Links of Interest

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Madhukar Vable

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Links of Interest

Research Interests

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational Mechanics

Charles D. Van Karsen

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Links of Interest

Research Interests

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Vibration
  • Modal Analysis
  • Acoustics

Carl R. Vilmann

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Research Interests

  • Plow blade shape optimization
  • Magnetoelastic deformation and buckling

Areas of Expertise

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

Song-Lin (Jason) Yang

Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

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

Links of Interest

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

Areas of Expertise

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