Graduate students pursuing the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees work closely with faculty in advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the following focused research thrusts:

 

AdvanceMaterialsProcessing (7K)

Applied Mechanics and Advanced Materials Processing: Mechanics of soft and hard matter, Properties of ceramic and metallic materials and coatings, optical ceramics, photonic crystals, optical fibers, thin films, polymer and composite materials processing, microfabrication processes.


Affiliated Institute:Institute of Materials Science

Faculty
Cassenti Brice Cassenti Professor-in-Residence
Research Area: Applied Mechanics, computational mechanics, supercomputing and advanced propulsion
Baki Cetegen, United Technologies Chair Professor
Research Area: Combustion, Fluid Mechanics
Wilson K. S. Chiu, Professor
Research Area: Heat and Mass Transfer, Nanomanufacturing
Eric Jordan, United Technologies Professor of Advanced Materials Processing
Research Area: Experimental and Theoretical Mechanics
moreno-vito-thumb Vito Moreno, Professor in Residence
Research Area: Applied Mechanics and Gas turbine technology
pierce David M. Pierce, Assistant Professor
Research Area: Applied mechanics, Bio related applications
Dianyun Zhang,  Assistant Professor
Research Areas: Multiscale modeling of composite materials, high temperature performance of ceramic matrix composites

FuelCellScienceandTechnology (10K)

Energy Systems: Experimental and computational research in fluid mechanics, heat and mass transport and combustion as applied to technologically important systems such as gas turbines, combustion systems, fuel cells, heat pipes and thermo-electric devices.  Other areas include research into alternative fuels and their utilization and emissions.  

Affiliated Center:Center for Clean Energy Engineering

Faculty
Thomas Barber, Professor-in-Residence
Research Area: Computational and Physical Fluid Dynamics
Baki Cetegen, United Technologies Chair Professor
Research Area: Combustion, Fluid Mechanics
Wilson K. S. Chiu, Professor
Research Area: Heat and Mass Transfer, Nanomanufacturing
Amir Faghri, Professor
Research Area: Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics
Tianfeng Lu, United Technologies Associate Professor of Engineering Innovation
Research Area: Combustion and Computational Fluid Mechanics
Ugur Pasaogullari , Castleman Associate Professor
Research Area: PEM Fuel Cells, Multiphase Transport Phenomena
pettes Michael Pettes, Assistant Professor
Research Area:Thermal trasport physics at micro and nano scales. Engineering of materials at the nanoscale
Chih-Jen (Jackie) Sung, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Professor in Sustainable Energy
Research Area: Combustion, Propulsion, Laser Diagnostics, Fuel Chemistry
images/prod/images/Xinyu_Zhaos.jpg Xinyu ZhaoAssistant Professor
Research Areas: Turbulent combustion modeling, Radiative heat transfer, Uncertainty quantification in computational fluid dynamics

DynamicsSensingandControl (9K)

Dynamics, Sensing and Control: smart materials for control and sensing, advanced sensors, vibration suppression, new perspectives in time-delayed systems and stability, high-speed machining chatter, non-linear vibrations, real-time detection and on-line monitoring.

Faculty
Chengyu Cao Associate Professor
Research Area: Dynamics and Control, Adaptive and Unmanned Systems, Mechatronics
images/prod/images/xu_chen2.jpg Xu Chen, Assistant Professor
Research Areas: Systems and controls, advanced manufacturing, precision engineering, mechatronics, and robotics 
Nejat Olgac, Professor
Research Area: Control Systems, Vibrations
Jiong Tang, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Research Area: Structure and System Dynamics, Controls
Bi Zhang, Professor
Research Area: Precision Design and Manufacturing

ComputationalShapeModelingandDesign (5K)

Computational Shape Modeling,Design and Optimization: geometric modeling, computational design and design optimization, geometric reasoning, design methodologies for complex systems, gear systems and structures, structural shape and topology optimization, optimization for manufacturability.

Faculty
Zbigniew Bzymek, Associate Professor
Research Area: Design, CAD Modeling
Horea Ilies, Professor
Research Area: Computational Design, CAD/CAM/CAE
Kazem Kazerounian, Professor and Dean
Research Area: Design, Kinematics, Robotics
images/prod/images/Julian_Norato.jpg Julian Norato, Assistant Professor 
Research Areas: Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
Bi Zhang, Professor
Research Area: Precision Design and Manufacturing

MicroandNano-scaleSystems (7K)

Micro and Nano-scale Systems: experimental, computational and theoretical studies on fluid and heat transport in micro devices, Micro electro-mechanical systems, mechanics of structures at nanometer length scales, nano-structured materials synthesis, carbon nanotubes.

Faculty
images/prod/images/xu_chen2.jpg Xu Chen, Assistant Professor
Research Areas: Systems and controls, advanced manufacturing, precision engineering, mechatronics, and robotics 
Wilson K. S. Chiu, Professor
Research Area: Heat and Mass Transfer, Nanomanufacturing
Amir Faghri, Professor
Research Area: Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics
Tai-Hsi Fan, Associate Professor
Research Area: Interfacial Fluid Mechanics, Biological Transport Phenomena
Eric Jordan, United Technologies Professor of Advanced Materials Processing
Research Area: Experimental and Theoretical Mechanics
George Lykotrafitis, Associate Professor
Research Area: Cellular Mechanics
pettes Michael Pettes, Assistant Professor
Research Area:Thermal trasport physics at micro and nano scales. Engineering of materials at the nanoscale
Bi Zhang , Professor
Research Area: Precision Design and Manufacturing

BiomedicalRelatedApplications (10K)

Biomedical Related Applications: Cellular mechanics, Tissue engineering, Cellular micro-manipulations, Cell membrane mechanics and transport, Modeling of protein motion, Human skeletal motion analysis.

Faculty
Tai-Hsi Fan, Associate Professor
Research Area: Interfacial Fluid Mechanics, Biological Transport Phenomena
Horea Ilies, Professor
Research Area: Computational Design, CAD/CAM/CAE
Kazem Kazerounian, Professor and Dean
Research Area: Design, Kinematics, Robotics
George Lykotrafitis , Associate Professor
Research Area: Cellular Mechanics
images/prod/images/Julian_Norato.jpg Julian Norato, Assistant Professor 
Research Areas: Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
Nejat Olgac , Professor
Research Area: Control Systems, Vibrations
pierce David M. Pierce, Assistant Professor
Research Area: Applied mechanics, Bio related applications
Thanh Duc Nguyen, Assistant Professor 
Research Area: Nano-micro technology, BioMEMs, Microfluidics, Nanopiezoelectrics, Bionanointerface, Cell/Neuronal Mechanics, Biomaterials and Drug Delivery.
SAVAS_TASOGLU.jpg  Savas Tasoglu, Assistant Professor 
Research Areas: Complex fluid dynamics, micro-assembly approaches, magnetics, microfluidics, regenerative medicine, and cryopreservation
 
             

Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Connecticut
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