Ashok Belegundu

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Iowa
B.Tech., Civil Engineering, I.I.T. Madras 

Design optimization, nonlinear and dynamic finite element analysis.

Catherine Berdanier

Ph.D., Engineering Education, Purdue University
M.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University     
B.S., Chemistry, University of South Dakota  
   

Engineering cognition research; methods development for engineering education research; mixed methods research; eye-tracking methods.

Sean Brennan

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign   
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University     
B.S., Physics, New Mexico State University  
   

Ground vehicle dynamics and automation, mechatronics and embedded systems, data representations for map-based localization and robot guidance.

Fan-Bill Cheung

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Multiphase heat transfer, thermal processing of materials, nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and safety.

John Cimbala

Ph.D., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology
M.S., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology 
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Penn State 

Fluid dynamics, flow visualization, wind tunnels, neutron radiography, turbulence, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), turbulence modeling, turbomachinery, air pollution, stratified tanks, indoor air quality, heat pipes, instrumentation, hydroturbines.

Mary Frecker

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan     
B.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton  
   

Optimal design, compliant mechanisms, smart structures, medical device design.

Aman Haque

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
M.B.A., University of Alberta     
M.S, Industrial and Production Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology     
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology  
   

Mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of ultrathin films; insitu transmisision electron microscopy; MEMS; nano-scale materials behavior.

Dan Haworth

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University  

Numerical modeling of chemically reacting turbulent flows. Computational fluid dynamics. Reciprocating-piston internal combustion engines.

Reuben Kraft

Postdoctoral, Mechanics, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Computational solid mechanics, finite element analysis, numerical modeling, blast physics, high- performance computing.

Robert Kunz

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Penn State
M.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, SUNY at Buffalo

Computational fluid dynamics, multiphase flows, turbomachinery, nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics and thermal management analysis.

Stephen Lynch

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech   
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming  

Convective heat transfer and turbulent boundary layers, gas turbine heat transfer and aerodynamics, advanced experimental diagnostics.

Jaqueline O'Connor

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology     
B.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology      

The Reacting Flow Dynamics Laboratory focuses on issues of reacting flows for energy and propulsion applications. High-speed laser diagnostics and other state-of-the-art experimental techniques are used in research areas like combustion and hydrodynamics.

Laura Pauley

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University  
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois 

Computational fluid dynamics, boundary layer separation, large-eddy simulation, direct numerical simulation, cavitation inception, engineering education.

Chris Rahn

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley     
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
     

Dynamic systems modeling, design, analysis, and control with applications to flexible structures, biologically inspired robotics, smart material actuators, sensors, and energy harvesters, and electrochemical energy storage.

Alex Rattner

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania    

Sustainable thermal-fluid energy systems, waste heat recovery, multiphase flow heat and mass transfer, high performance computing.

Alok Sinha

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi      

Turbine blade vibration, magnetic bearings, active vibration control, sliding mode control, robust control, neural network.

H.J. Sommer

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana     
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana  
   

Kinematics, biomechanics, mechatronics, robotics, machine vision, unmanned aircraft.

Adri van Duin

Ph.D., Chemistry, Delft University of Technology
Doctorandus, Chemistry, University of Amsterdam 

Molecular dynamics simulations on reactive and nonreactive systems; applications to combustion, catalysis and material failure.

Chao-Yang Wang

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University 
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University 

Multiphase transport, batteries, and fuel cells.

Yuan Xuan

Ph.D., Aeronautical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
M.S., Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering, California Institute of Technology     
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique     
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique    

Computational fluid dynamics, turbulent combustion, soot formation, numerical methods, uncertainty quantification.

Richard Yetter

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University 
M.A., Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University 
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University 
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Syracuse University 

Combustion/environmental science, combustion chemistry, heterogeneous combustion, materials synthesis, propellant combustion, combustion generated pollutants, atmospheric plume chemistry and chemical processing.

Additional Faculty

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