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Faculty Profiles

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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

Faculty Member: Mahoney, James
Department: Other
Affiliation: Connecticut Transportation Institute
Excerpt: Mr. Mahoney’s research is focused on asphalt paving materials, testing construction and recycling of asphalt materials into pavements. Included in this are the ingredients of the pavement, such as the asphalt binder and aggregates. While the materials that are used to make up the pavement are vitally important to its long-term durability, the actual construction […]
Categories | Keywords: aggregate, asphalt and hot-mix asphalt, asphalt binder modification, Connecticut Transportation Institute, paving techniques, transportation construction materials

Faculty Member: Malla, Ramesh B.
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Affiliation: Institute of Materials Science
Excerpt: Dr. Ramesh B. Malla’s research expertise is in the areas of structural engineering and applied mechanics, finite element analysis, and dynamics and vibration of structures. Some of his current and past research topics include: analytical and finite element modeling of percussive drilling devices for planetary exploration, innovative energy harvesting systems, dynamics response of railroad bridges […]
Categories | Keywords: Civil and Environmental Engineering, dynamics & vibrations of structures, energy harvesting systems, finite element modeling, granular materials, highway and railroad bridges, infrastructures, Institute of Materials Science, lunar habitats & structures, percussive drilling mechanisms, space structures, structural engineering and applied mechanics, structural failure, truss/frame structures

Faculty Member: Mandoiu, Ion
Department: Computer Science & Engineering
Affiliation: Biomedical Engineering Department
Excerpt: Dr. Mandoiu’s main research interests are in the areas of bioinformatics and computational genomics, with a special focus on the development of high-performance computational methods for the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data. His research in these areas has been funded by grants from NSF, NIH, USDA, and Life Technologies Corporation, including a prestigious NSF Faculty […]
Categories | Keywords: bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, combinatorial optimization, computational genomics and metabolomics, computational molecular epidemiology, Computer Science and Engineering, immunoinformatics, Institute for Systems Genomics, modeling and simulation

Faculty Member: Maric, Radenka
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Affiliation: Center for Clean Energy Engineering
Excerpt: Dr. Maric’s research has been focused on fundamental understanding of the effect of structure, defects, and microstructure on transport and electrical properties of surfaces and interfaces. In particular, she is interested in developing novel materials for fuel cell, batteries and biosensors, durability study, performance and life prognosis, aging, material state changes, and long term behavior. […]
Categories | Keywords: batteries, bio-sensors, biomaterials, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, coating technologies, fuel cells, Institute of Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering, nanomaterials, thin films

Faculty Member: McCutcheon, Jeffrey
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Affiliation:
Excerpt: Dr. McCutcheon’s research is focused on developing revolutionary technologies that enable low cost desalination, water reuse, and power production. He is considered a world expert in osmotically driven membrane processes such as forward osmosis, pressure retarded osmosis, direct osmotic concentration, and osmotic heat engines. These technologies enable critical growth areas including low-temperature heat utilization, oil […]
Categories | Keywords: carbon adsorption, carbon nanofiber, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, desalination, hollow fiber membranes, membrane characterization, membrane separations, polymer electrospinning, polymer membrane formation, water treatment and reuse

Faculty Member: Moreno, Vito
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Affiliation:
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 Member: Mustain, William
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Affiliation: Center for Clean Energy Engineering
Excerpt: Controlling Microstructure and Surface Chemistry of Catalyst and Support Materials – In this project, our group uses silicate templating to precisely control the pore structure of carbon, metals, oxides, etc.  We also use the reaction precursor and conditions to control microcrystallinity and to purposefully incorporate adatoms into the structure (i.e. N into C, Sn into In2O3).  These adatoms give […]
Categories | Keywords: batteries, catalysts, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, electrochemistry, fuel cells, fuel synthesis, Institute of Materials Science

Faculty Member: Nieh, Mu-Ping
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Affiliation: Institute of Materials Science
Excerpt: Dr. Nieh’s research mainly focuses on, but not limited to, the self-assemblies of soft materials including polymers, phospholipids, surfactants and proteins. Applications of our research range from designing nanoparticles, structural stability in micro- or nano- emulsion, targeting-delivery carriers, sensing materials, 3-D nano-scaffold, proton exchange membranes, polymeric micelles and alignable biomembranes. Many of these spontaneously forming […]
Categories | Keywords: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, dispersion, in vitro cellular test, nano- and micro- emulsion, nanostructural characterization, sensing materials, surfaces/interfaces, targeting drug/diagnostic delivery nanocarriers

Faculty Member: Norato, Julian A.
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Affiliation: Institute of Materials Science
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

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