Thermal-Fluid Sciences

Associated Faculty

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.

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.

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 

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Xiaodong Yang

Associate 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.