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Research Keyword: Mechanical Engineering

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Faculty: Lee, Jason
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Lee’s expertise is in polymer nanocomposite and nanofibers. He is particularly interested in applications where materials are exposed to high temperatures/heat fluxes and high pressures/forces. His work involved both processing and characterization of these materials to better understand how nanoparticles and processing parameters influence material performance. Dr. Lee is very interested in undergraduate education […]
Categories | Keywords: engineering education, Mechanical Engineering, polymer nanocomposites, polymer nanofibers

Faculty: Lu, Tianfeng
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Tianfeng Lu joined the Mechanical Engineering department as an Assistant Professor in 2008. Dr. Lu received his B.S. (1994) and M.S. (1997) in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. (2004) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, where he has been a research associate from 2004 and a research staff from 2005. […]
Categories | Keywords: chemical kinetics, combustion, computational fluid dynamics, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty: Lykotrafitis, George
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Lykotrafitis joined our Mechanical Engineering faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2009. Dr. Lykotrafitis received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences from National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He subsequently received his second M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech studying dynamic frictional sliding modes along […]
Categories | Keywords: cellular mechanics, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty: Moreno, Vito
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Moreno is the Director of the Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Program. He interfaces with various Connecticut companies and government agencies to provide meaningful sponsored capstone projects for the ME Senior Class. Typically 40 to 50 Projects are sponsored each year by over 30 different companies and agencies. Dr. Moreno also teaches both undergraduate and […]
Categories | Keywords: aerospace, applied mechanics, fatigue and fracture, kinematics, Mechanical Engineering, structures

Faculty: Norato, Julian A.
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Norato’s current research interests lie in incorporating localized failure mode criteria (such as stress and fatigue) as well as manufacturing, cost and geometric constraints in topology and shape optimization for the design exploration of structures and materials, with the aim of exploring efficient structures that are tailored to a specific manufacturing process, and with […]
Categories | Keywords: computational design exploration of engineered systems, design of structures made of heterogeneous or hierarchical materials, design optimization for manufacturability, Institute of Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, multidisciplinary optimization, structural shape and topology optimization

Faculty: Olgac, Nejat
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Olgac joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1981. He received his Doctor of Science degree from Columbia University in 1976. Prior to joining the department, he directed an industrial operation in radio, television, and home appliance manufacturing. His research focus is on time-delayed systems, vibration suppression techniques, nonlinear robust control of […]
Categories | Keywords: active vibration suppression, control of multi-body systems, design for vibrating structures, dynamic systems and control, Mechanical Engineering, micro controls in bio-engineering applications, robust nonlinear controls, time delayed system stability and control

Faculty: Pasaogullari, Ugur
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Pasaogullari received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2005. He earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with high honors from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999 and 2003, respectively. His current research focuses on thermal […]
Categories | Keywords: Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, multi-physics multi-scale computational modeling, transport phenomena in fuel cells

Faculty: Pettes, Michael T.
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Pettes’s research has been focused on fundamental energy transport mechanisms in nanoscale materials, such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, and 2D thermoelectrics, as well as design of bulk materials that can benefit from these unique transport properties, such as mesoporous semimetals. His main research falls into the following areas: (1) Multiproperty measurements on individual nanomaterials; […]
Categories | Keywords: carbon nanomaterials, energy conversion/harvesting, Institute of Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, MEMS fabrication, nanoscale thermal transport, semiconducting nanomaterials, transmission electron microscopy

Faculty: Pierce, David M.
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Excerpt: Dr . Pierce’s research interests focus on the theory, development and application of pragmatic computational methods, supported by physical experiments, for problems of practical importance. Examples include: (1) constitutive modeling and finite element analysis of cartilage and arteries with consideration towards future clinical applications (e.g., medical device design and device interaction with patients), and (2) […]
Categories | Keywords: arteries, biomechanics, cartilage, computational mechanics, constitutive modeling, continuum mechanics, finite element methods, Mechanical Engineering, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), solid mechanics

Faculty: Tang, Jiong
Department: Choose Department
Excerpt: Dr. Tang’s research has been focused on the areas of Dynamics and Control, and he has extensive project experience working with industry. His main research falls into the following areas: 1) modeling, analysis, and robust design of complex engineering systems combining physical principles (e.g., finite element method) and sensor measurements; 2) vibration reduction and mitigation […]
Categories | Keywords: automatic and robust control, Mechanical Engineering, modeling and computational analysis of complex engineering systems, rotor dynamics, sensing and monitoring, structural dynamics, system dynamics, vibration analysis and suppression

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