Faculty and Staff

Meet our mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty and staff

Chair

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Robert Gao

Department Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cady Staley Professor of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Develops multi-physics sensing and stochastic modeling methods for improving observability in dynamical systems

Faculty

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Ozan Akkus

Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Creates biologically active and mechanically functional tissue repair systems, and develops chemical imaging instrumentation for noninvasive biomedical and hazard diagnostics

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Richard Bachmann

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Researches biologically inspired robotics

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Paul Barnhart

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Researches aerospace system design, propulsion, gas dynamics, shock wave boundary layer interactions and fluid/thermal systems modeling

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Sunniva Collins

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Engineers metallic surfaces for improved performance; selects materials and designs manufacturing processes for innovative outcomes

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Malcolm Cooke

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Executive Director, Sears think[box]

Develops integrated strategies to address biomedical challenges

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Kathryn Daltorio

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Co-Director, Biologically-Inspired Robotics Lab

Develops robots that can traverse and operate in new environments, inspired by biological models of smart physical systems

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Robert Gao

Department Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cady Staley Professor of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Develops multi-physics sensing and stochastic modeling methods for improving observability in dynamical systems

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Umut Gurkan

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Improves human health via research in cell mechanics to develop biosensors and point-of-care systems

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Steve Hostler

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Yasuhiro Kamotani

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Designs and conducts two-phase flow experiments for space stations

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Chirag Kharangate

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Explores energy, thermal management of electronics and computational fluid dynamics

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Bo Li

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Develops HPC-based computational methods for the dynamic behavior and failure processes in materials and structures under extreme conditions

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Ya-Ting Liao

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Creates computational models of combustion, fire and fire behavior and develops fire-resistant structures

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Brian Maxwell

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Develop next-generation propulsion systems and develop advanced theory of supersonic and reactive systems

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Vikas Prakash

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Investigates dynamic behavior of materials at thermo-mechanical extremes.

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Roger Quinn

Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director, Biologically Inspired Robotics

Develops neural and mechanical models of animals and uses data to design and control robots and exoskeletons

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Clare Rimnac

Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Advances the long-term performance of implants and structural bone allografts through material analysis and characterization

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Fumi Takahashi

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Develops fire safety technologies and investigates combustion phenomena for practical applications

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Chris Yingchun Yuan

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Researches manufacturing science and sustainability performance of lithium-ion batteries, solar cells and nanotechnologies

Research Faculty

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R Balasubramaniam

Research Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Enables the development and understanding of thermal and fluid systems to advance space exploration

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Uday Hegde

Research Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Develops supercritical water oxidation technologies for waste management and water reclamation for extended duration space missions

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Olga Kartuzova

Research Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Studies and develops computational models for cryogenic storage tanks, and investigates zero boil-off tanks

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Mohammad Kassemi

Research Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Researches microgravity fluid physics and combustion research, including ZBOT, cryogenic fluid management, propellant tank models and gravity’s impact on systems

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Vedha Nayagam

Research Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Emeritus Faculty

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Maurice Adams

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Dwight Davy

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Isaac Greber

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Jai Kadambi

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Thomas Kicher

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Joseph Mansour

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Eli Reshotko

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Jim Tien

Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Researches the effect of gravity on combustion and flammability of solid materials with applications in space exploration

Administrative Staff

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Ewa Malicki

Department Assistant, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department

Provides clerical and administrative assistance to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

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Denise Miller

Assistant to the Chair, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Develops, implements and manages procedures for the administration and operation of the Office of the Chair for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace and Engineering.

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Angelika Szakacs

Academic Team Leader, Civil Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Leads the academic team for both the Civil Engineering and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering departments

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Carla Wilson

Student Affairs Coordinator, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Provides guidance and support in an effort to enhance student growth and success