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Faculty Profiles

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Faculty Member: Sun, Luyi
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Affiliation: Institute of Materials Science
Excerpt: Dr. Sun’s research covers a wide range of materials, including polymeric materials, ceramics and glasses, and composites. His recent efforts have focused on the design and synthesis of nanostructured hybrids for various applications, such as packaging, energy, catalysis, etc. In most cases, the structural design and control, usually down to nano- and molecular-scale, is the […]
Categories | Keywords: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, energy conversion and storage, green science and engineering, Institute of Materials Science, layered materials, multifunctional nanostructured hybrids, nanomaterials, polymer composites and nanocomposites, polymer processing

Faculty Member: Sung, Chih-Jen
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Affiliation:
Excerpt: Dr. Sung’s research goal is to establish a fundamental understanding of flame dynamics and fuel chemistry to enable development of next-generation, fuel-flexible, ultra-low emissions, and high-efficiency engines and combustors using conventional and alternative fuels. Recent work has focused on developing (1) novel experimental platforms and databases for chemical kinetics, transport processes, and combustion characteristics through […]
Categories | Keywords: clean combustion, combustion modeling, flame dynamics, fuel chemistry, laser diagnostics, propulsion, soot and NOx formation

Faculty Member: Suresh, Aravind
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Affiliation:
Excerpt: Dr. Suresh’s research interests are inter-disciplinary, spanning the fields of chemical engineering and materials science. His present work covers a wide range of topics, namely – 1) Interaction of electrochemical and catalytic activities in high-temperature proton-conducting oxides 2) Thin-film polymeric coatings on substrates using initiated and photo-initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition 3) Synthesis of ceramic-oxide nano-fibers […]
Categories | Keywords: catalysis, ceramics, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, engineering education, initiated chemical vapor deposition, polymers

Faculty Member: Tang, Jiong
Department: Other
Affiliation:
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

Faculty Member: Tasoglu, Savas
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Affiliation:
Excerpt: Dr. Savas Tasoglu joined the University of Connecticut in 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in 2011 from UC Berkeley, with a research focus on transport phenomena and pharmacokinetics of anti-HIV microbicide drug delivery. Dr. Tasoglu held a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-MIT […]
Categories | Keywords: complex fluid dynamics, cryopreservation, magnetics, Mechanical Engineering, micro-assembly approaches, microfluidics, regenerative medicine

Faculty Member: Vadas, Timothy M.
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Excerpt: Dr. Vadas’ recent research efforts have focused on water treatment of emerging contaminants using novel, high surface area sorbents. The focus is on the development of a chemical surface modification scheme for nanofibrous materials due to the difficulty in functionalization using traditional methods without losing significant mass or strength. In addition, we explore novel functional […]
Categories | Keywords: Civil and Environmental Engineering, ecology, Environmental Engineering, metals, organic matter, sorbents, stormwater, water quality

Faculty Member: Valla, Julia A.
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Affiliation: Center for Clean Energy Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Valla’s research has focused on the nanoscale engineering of catalysts (mainly zeolites) for the production of advanced bio(fuels) and bio(chemicals). Our objectives are: a) Development of hierarchical pore structure zeolites (e.g ZSM-5, USY) with reduced diffusion limitations for easy access of heavy molecules and less coke formation; b) Development of multifunctional zeolites by encapsulation […]
Categories | Keywords: biomass pyrolysis, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, desulfurization, fuel processing, hierarchical pore structure zeolites, hydroprocessing, Institute of Materials Science

Faculty Member: van Dijk, Marten
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
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Excerpt: In joint research with MIT, Dr. Dijk has been developing Ascend, an architecture for secure computation on encrypted data. The architecture uses new techniques that eliminate privacy leakage over the I/O pins due to memory access patterns. These new developments help in understanding what is needed for securing computation, which is central to creating trust […]
Categories | Keywords: Electrical and Computer Engineering, embedded systems security, physical unclonable functions, secure computation and storage, secure data center technology, secure processor architectures

Faculty Member: Van Scoter, Diane
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Affiliation: Managment & Engineering for Manufacturing
Excerpt: Dr. Van Scoter’s industry experience spans more than twenty years, ranging from Manufacturing at Boeing Commercial, space optics, survivability, and technology transfer for the DoD, management consulting for Deloitte, to production and quality for an international logistics company. Since arriving at UConn, she has been working to raise the awareness of both students and industry […]
Categories | Keywords: impact of contextual factors, industrial engineering, Management & Engineering for Manufacturing, Materials Science and Engineering, process improvement, STEM Education

Faculty Member: Wagstrom, Kristina
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Affiliation:
Excerpt: The Computational Atmospheric Chemistry and Exposure (CACE) Lab, led by Dr. Wagstrom, specializes in applying computational-base approaches to address problem related to air pollution and atmospheric chemistry. Current projects include (1) working to improve the science and functionality of community developed air pollution modeling platforms that are used by both scientists and policy makers to […]
Categories | Keywords: aerosols, air pollution, atmospheric chemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, computational modeling, exposure, particles, sensor networks

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