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S. N. Balakrishnan

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Guidance, stability, control and estimation, pattern recognition, stochastic processes, optimization, neural network applications to control, numerical methods and design.

Victor Birman

Professor at Global - St. Louis

Research Interests

Composite material structures, biomechanics, smart structures and materials, structural dynamics and vibration, buckling and dynamic stability.

Douglas Bristow

Associate Professor/Director

Research Interests

Dynamic modeling and control of micro- and nano-positioning systems, atomic force microscopes and additive manufacturing systems; volumetric error compensation; iterative learning control, multi-dimensional control, and signal processing.

K. Chandrashekhara

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Composite materials, smart structures, nanocomposites, biocomposites, structural dynamics, finite element analysis, damage monitoring, composite manufacturing and experimental characterization.

Lianyi Chen

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Additive manufacturing, nanomanufacturing, smart manufacturing, solidification processing, laser materials processing, metal matrix nanocomposites, metallic glasses, materials for energy efficiency, materials for additive manufacturing, mechanical behavior of materials, and synchrotron radiation based x-ray scattering/imaging.

Al Crosbie

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Multidimensional radiative heat transfer, laser processing of materials, radiative heat transfer in combustion processes, microscale heat transfer, biomedical optics, interaction of radiation with conduction and convection, multiple scattering and polarization of laser beams, solutions of integral equations and numerical heat transfer.

Kyle DeMars

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Stochastic estimation and control theory; information theory; nonlinear uncertainty propagation and rectification; autonomous guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles; orbit determination, data association, conjunction assessment, and collision avoidance; attitude dynamics, determination, and control; autonomous sensor management; high-fidelity dynamical and observational modeling.

Lokeswarappa Dharani

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Interests

Aircraft structures, fracture mechanics, fatigue and failure analysis; micromechanics; composite materials and structures; process modeling of ceramic matrix composites; friction and wear of composites; and fracture of laminated glazing.

Xiangyang Dong

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Mechanics and microstructural evolution of advanced manufacturing and materials processing, multiscale modeling of materials by bridging first-principles calculations, molecular dynamics simulations, and finite element methods, materials design and manufacturing processes of composites and ceramics, relationships between the microstructure, properties, and processing of materials.

Jim Drallmeier

Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair

Research Interests

Combustion, laser based diagnostics for sprays and combustion, optical
measurement systems, fuel injection, and internal combustion engines.

Xiaoping Du

Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Design optimization, multidisciplinary optimization design, probabilistic/statistical methods, system/structural reliability, robust design, kinematics, mechanism synthesis, and petroleum machinery

Lian Duan

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

High-speed aerodynamics, flow instability and transition, turbulent flow simulation and modeling, flow-generated sound, high performance computing, machine learning and data-driven modeling.

Jie Gao

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Nanophotonics devices based on silicon photonics, plasmonics and metamaterials; Light-matter interactions in photonic nanostructures; Optical sensing; Quantum dots; Quantum optics and quantum information processing; solar energy harvesting; light emitting devices 

Daoru (Frank) Han

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Plasma aerospace applications; Space propulsion; Plasma-material interactions; Plasma physics and rarefied gas dynamics; High-performance computing

Kelly Homan

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics of energy systems. Heat and mass transfer in buoyant flows, second-law and exergy analysis, numerical simulation of transport phenomena and experimental methods.

Serhat Hosder

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, uncertainty quantification, hypersonic flows and systems, computational fluid dynamics, planetary entry/descent/landing of spacecraft, multidisciplinary analysis and design of aerospace vehicles, robust design, numerical methods.

Ryan Hutcheson

Associate Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Design theory and methodology, complex systems design and vehicle dynamics.

K. M. Isaac

Professor/Associate Chair of Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics, aero-structure interaction and control, active flow control, unmanned air vehicles (UAV), electrochemical magnetohydrodynamics-based microfluidics, CFD simulation of transport phenomena.

Edward Kinzel

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Infrared/optical antennas applied to energy transport, sensing, and manufacturing, metamaterials/frequency selective surfaces for engineering radiation properties, near-field radiation heat transfer, direct energy conversion and energy harvesting and laser based micro/nanomanufacturing including electronics packaging.

Umit Koylu

Professor

Research Interests

Conventional Energy (combustion, IC engines, coal power plants, fluid and heat transport), Alternative Energy (characterization of solid oxide fuel cells, modeling of fuel cells, hydrogen technologies, alternative fuels, clean coal technologies), Environmental Science & Technology (air pollutants, particulates, measurement techniques), Various Fields (synthesis of nanoparticles, laser diagnostics, fire safety, thermal engineering)

K. Krishnamurthy

Professor

Research Interests

System dynamics, control, robotics, and neurotechnologies.

Nishant Kumar

Associate Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibrations, study of deterministic and random dynamical systems, model order reduction, theoretical modeling and numerical computation and structural dynamics.

Robert G. Landers

Professor

Research Interests

Modeling, analysis, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes (metal cutting, wire saw machining, friction stir welding, laser metal deposition, freeze–form extrusion fabrication, glass direct energy deposition, and selective laser melting), estimation and control of electrochemical alternative energy systems (hydrogen fuel cells and advanced batteries) and electro–hydraulic systems, and digital control applications.

Ming Leu

Bailey Professor

Research Interests

Rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, intelligent manufacturing, virtual reality, CAD/CAM, robotics, mechatronics and automatic control. 

Frank Liou

Bytnar Professor/Director of Manufacturing Engineering Program

Research Interests

Metal additive manufacturing process design, modeling, integration, monitoring, and control; CAD/CAM.

Gearoid Mac Sithigh

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Finite elasticity, viscoelasticity, liquid crystal hydrodynamics, solid and continuum mechanics.

Warner Meeks

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, aircraft design, propulsion, and plasma physics.

Ashok Midha

Professor/Director of Product Innovation and Creativity Center

Research Interests

Mechanical design, rigid-body and compliant mechanism design, high-performance machinery analysis and design, machine vibration and stability.

J. Keith Nisbett

Associate Professor/Associate Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests

Kinematics, mechanical design and synthesis of mechanisms.

Anthony Okafor

Professor

Research Interests

Manufacturing including machining, metalforming, machine tool dynamics, acoustic emission, sensors and signal processing, CNC, CAD/CAM, machine tool metrology, neural network and expert system applications; smart structures including intelligent health monitoring and damage assessment of composite structures; non-destructive evaluation.

Heng Pan

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Additive manufacturing, Electronics and photonics manufacturing, Thermal/laser assisted manufacturing, Laser annealing and crystallization, High-throughput and low cost micro/nano-manufacturing, Solution processing of nanomaterials, Molecular dynamics simulation, Transport phenomena in nano-manufacturing processes.

Jonghyun Park

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Advanced li-ion battery, beyond li-ion battery, energy storage system, renewable energy system, grid energy storage, nano, macro-mechanics of materials, self-assembly of nanoparticles, nanostructure, multiphysics, multiscale experiment and simulation.

Henry Pernicka

Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Dean’s Educator Scholar

Research Interests

Astrodynamics, orbital mechanics, spacecraft design, spacecraft mission design, satellite attitude dynamics, nonlinear analysis, dynamics and control, optimization.

David Riggins

Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, hypersonic propulsion systems, computational analysis of jet mixing, flow losses and mixing enhancement in combustors, aircraft gas turbine ramjet propulsion systems, and scramjet performance.

Jillian Schmidt

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Design theory, materials and structures, educational research.

Yun Seong Song

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Physical Human-Robot Interaction (pHRI), Physical Human-Human Interaction (pHHI), Human Movement Assistance, Rehabilitation Robotics, Wearable Devices, Energy-Harvesting from Human Movement, Design and Instrumentation of Medical Devices.

Daniel Stutts

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Dynamics, vibrations, modeling and development of piezoactuators and transducers-mechatronics, mechanics of bone, design of orthopedic implants, structural dynamics, optimal design and acoustics.

Hai-Lung Tsai

Professor

Research Interests

Laser applications in manufacturing and materials processing (welding, cutting, cladding, surface treating, brazing, rapid prototyping, micromachining), manufacturing process and modeling and analysis (heat/mass transfer, fluid flow, and thermal stress analysis by finite element or finite volume method).

Cheng Wang

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics, micro/nano-scale heat and mass transport, interfacial phenomena, micro/nanofluidics, bioMEMS, lab-on-a-chip, micro/nano-fabrication, bubble dynamics, droplet dynamics, acoustics, acoustic streaming, electrohydrodynamics, electrokinetics, and multi-phase flow.

Charles S. Wojnar

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Aerospace structures, active materials, mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics, micromechanics, manufacturing, experimental and computational solid mechanics.

Xiaodong Yang

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Optical materials and devices in nanophotonics and plasmonics; Physics and applications of optical metamaterials; Nanoscale optomechanics, optical nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS); Integrated optofluidic devices and optical sensors; Photon management for solar/thermal energy harvesting; Optical device micro-/nano-fabrication.