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Faculty Profiles

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Faculty Member: Kirchhoff, Christine
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Excerpt: Dr. Kirchhoff’s research on water, climate and society encompasses the following areas: (1) understanding and improving water policy, management and governance under uncertainty and change; (2) understanding and improving the ways in which we collaborative produce more usable science and the application of that science, particularly of climate science, to inform decision making; (3) determining […]
Categories | Keywords: adaptation to climate change, adaptive capacity, boundary organizations, Civil and Environmental Engineering, collaborative science and application, decision support, resilience, science-policy interactions, sustainability, water resources management and policy

Faculty Member: Laurencin, Cato T.
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Affiliation: Biomedical Engineering Department
Excerpt: Dr. Laurencin is a designated University Professor at UCONN. He is the first physician-scientist elected to the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. He is an international leader in broad areas of biomaterials, polymers, polymer-ceramics and stem cell technology and founded the field of Regenerative Engineering. He […]
Categories | Keywords: biomaterials, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, drug delivery, Institute of Materials Science, nanotechnology, polymer engineering, polymers, regenerative engineering, stem cell technology

Faculty Member: Lee, Jason
Department: Mechanical Engineering
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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 Member: Lee, Seok-Woo
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Affiliation: Institute of Materials Science
Excerpt: Dr. Lee’s research has been focused on the synthesis of advanced structural materials or engineered nano-/micro-structures accompanied with fundamental studies of the mechanical properties of materials at both macroscopic and microscopic length scales. His main research falls into the following areas: (1) mechanical tests of alloys and metallic composites (the measurement of strength and hardness); […]
Categories | Keywords: dislocation mechanics, in-situ nanomechanical test, Institute of Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering, metal plasticity, metallurgy, nanoindentation, radiation damage, rapid solidification, strengthening

Faculty Member: Lei, Yu
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Affiliation: Institute of Materials Science
Excerpt: Dr. Lei’s research concentrates on the development of various (bio)sensors. Many areas of medicine, the environment, and food and agriculture – ranging from the diagnosis of disease to new drug discovery, screening and food safety, as well as pollutant monitoring – involve the detection of biological and chemical species. Dr. Lei aims at development of […]
Categories | Keywords: biocompatible materials, bionanotechnology, bioremediation, biosensor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, electrochemistry, environmental biotechnology, Institute of Materials Science, metal oxide fabrication, microfluidics, nanomaterials, sensors

Faculty Member: Lownes, Nicholas
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Excerpt: Dr. Lownes’ recent research efforts have focused on data management and analytics for public transit operators and planners. These efforts have led to the establishment of t-HUB, a multi-disciplinary collaborative effort between civil engineering, computer science and geography creating a single-stop web-accessible database tool for public transit data and system evaluation. Demographic data, socio-economic data, […]
Categories | Keywords: Civil and Environmental Engineering, data, equity, modeling, networks, optimization, t-HUB, transit, transport systems, transportation

Faculty Member: Lu, Tianfeng
Department: Mechanical Engineering
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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 Member: Luh, Peter B.
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
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Excerpt: Dr. Luh’s research areas include (1) Energy Efficient and Safe Buildings – optimized energy management, HVAC fault detection and diagnosis, emergency crowd guidance, and eco communities; (2) Smart Power Systems and Microgrids – smart grid, electricity markets, effective wind and solar integration to the grid, load and price forecasting, and micro grid; and (3) Intelligent […]
Categories | Keywords: Electrical and Computer Engineering, energy efficient and safe buildings, microgrid, smart power systems

Faculty Member: Lykotrafitis, George
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Affiliation: Institute of Materials Science
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 Member: Ma, Anson W. K.
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Affiliation: Institute of Materials Science
Excerpt: Dr. Ma’s research group focuses on understanding the flow behavior, or rheology, of complex fluids (e.g. suspensions, foams, and emulsions) thereby developing novel, scalable techniques for processing these fluids into multifunctional, high performance articles (e.g. films, fibers, and polymer composites). Current projects include how to exploit the size and shape of particles to: (1) create […]
Categories | Keywords: 3D printing, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, inkjet printing flexible electronics, Institute of Materials Science, nanotechnology, polymer composites, rheology

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