Associated Faculty  


Al Crosbie
Curators' Distinguished Professor
270 Toomey Hall

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.

Associated Laboratories

Design for Reliability and Robustness Laboratory

Laser-Based Manufacturing Laboratory

Caterpillar Mechatronics Laboratory

Manufacturing Automation and Control Laboratory (MAC Lab)

Nanoscale Optics Laboratory

Nanophotonics Laboratory

Thermal Radiation Laboratory

Combustion and Spray Dynamics Research Laboratory

Energy Research Laboratory

Thermal Exchange Laboratory

Aerospace Plasma Laboratory



James A. Drallmeier
Chair/Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor
194I Toomey Hall

Combustion, laser based diagnostics for sprays and combustion, optical measurement systems, fuel injection, and internal combustion engines.
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Xiaoping Du
Associate Professor
290D Toomey Hall

Design optimization, multidisciplinary optimization design, probabilistic/statistical methods, system/structural reliability, robust design, kinematics, mechanism synthesis, and petroleum machinery.  
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Lian Duan
Assistant Professor
231 Toomey Hall

Direct numerical simulation (DNS) and large eddy simulation (LES), high-speed transitional and turbulent flows, chemically reacting flows, laminar flow control and turbulent drag reduction, and large-scale, high performance computing.    
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Jie Gao
Assistant Professor
229 Toomey Hall

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
329 Toomey Hall

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.    
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Edward Kinzel
Assistant Professor
290C Toomey Hall

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.    
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Umit Koylu
290A Toomey Hall

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)
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Robert G. Landers
273A Toomey Hall

Manufacturing, systems, and control; modeling, analysis, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes; metal cutting; laser metal deposition; freeze extrusion fabrication; friction stir processing; electro–hydraulics; control of tribologicial systems; and digital control applications.    
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Jonghyun Park
Assistant Professor
127 Toomey Hall

Advanced li-ion battery, beyond li-ion battery, energy storage systems, renewable energy systems, grid energy storage systems, nano-/macro-mechanics of materials, self-assembly of nanoparticles, nanostructures, multiphysics/multiscale experiment and simulations

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David Riggins
Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor
184 Toomey Hall

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.    
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Joshua Rovey
Associate Professor/Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs
194C Toomey Hall

Plasma aerospace applications, advanced space propulsion, plasma aerodynamics and flow control, plasma-enhanced combustion,
applications to energy systems, hypersonics/re-entry body plasma interactions, plasma physics and rarefied gas dynamics.
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Hai-Lung Tsai
335 Toomey Hall

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).    
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Xiaodong Yang
Assistant Professor
227 Toomey Hall

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