Faculty By Keywords

Matheou, George
Title: Assistant Professor
Highest Degree: PhD, California Institute of Technology, 2008.
E-Mail: georgios.matheou@uconn.edu

Keywords: aerospace applications, complex fluid dyanmics, computational fluid dynamics, Current, Multi-physics computational modeling

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Olgac, Nejat
Title: Professor
E-Mail: nejat.olgac@uconn.edu

Dr. Olgac joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1981. He received his Doctor of Science degree from Columbia University in 1976 and M.Sc. degree at the Technical Univ. of Istanbul, Turkey 1972 (summa-cum-laude), both in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining the department, he directed an industrial operation in radio, television, and home […]

Keywords: active vibration suppression, bio-engineering applications, Biomedical Related Applications, control of multi-body systems, Current, design for vibrating structures, dynamic systems, Dynamics, Sensing and Control, micro-controls, robust nonlinear controls, systems and controls, vibrations

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Pasaogullari, Ugur
Title: Castleman Associate Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2005
E-Mail: ugur.pasaogullari@uconn.edu

Dr. Pasaogullari received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2005. He earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with high honors from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999 and 2003, respectively. His current research focuses on thermal […]

Keywords: Current, Energy Systems, fuel cells, Multi-physics computational modeling, multi-scale computational modeling, multi-scale modeling, multiscale modeling, polymer electrolyte fuel cells, transport phenomena, water management

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Pettes, Michael Thompson
Title: Assistant Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2011
E-Mail: michael.pettes@uconn.edu

Dr. Michael T. Pettes joined the University of Connecticut in 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in 2001, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Prior to […]

Keywords: Current, energy conversion, Energy Systems, Micro and Nano-scale Systems, micro scale, nano scale, storage applications, thermal transport physics

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Pierce, David M.
Title: Assistant Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D. Stanford University, 2007
E-Mail: david.pierce@uconn.edu

Dr. Pierce received the B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (with S.D. Sheppard) from Stanford University, CA, all in mechanical engineering. Additionally, he received a Ph.D. -Minor degree in mathematics from Stanford University and completed his Habilitation (Venia Legendi) in experimental and computational biomechanics (with G.A. Holzapfel) […]

Keywords: Applied Mechanics and Advanced Materials Processing, biomechanics, computational mechanics, computational solid mechanics, Current, finite element methods

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Sung, Chih-Jen (Jackie)
Title: Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Professor in Sustainable Energy
Highest Degree: Ph.D.,Princeton University, 1994
E-Mail: chih-jen.sung@uconn.edu

Dr. Sung joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2009. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University from 1999 to 2009. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in 1986, M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the National Taiwan […]

Keywords: combustion, Current, Energy Systems, fuel chemistry, laser diagnostics

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Tang, Jiong
Title: Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
E-Mail: jiong.tang@uconn.edu

Dr. Tang’s principal teaching and research interests are in the general area of dynamics and control.  He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Mechanics from Fudan University, China, in 1989 and 1992, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2001.  He was a lecturer in Department […]

Keywords: controls, Current, dynamics, Dynamics, Sensing and Control

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Tasoglu, Savas
Title: Assistant Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011
E-Mail: savas.tasoglu@uconn.edu

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 […]

Keywords: Biomedical Related Applications, complex fluid dyanmics, Current, magnetics, microfluidics, regenerative medicine

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Weber, Brian
Title: Assistant Professor In Residence
Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2014
E-Mail: bryan.weber@uconn.edu

Dr. Weber joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty in 2014 as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He received his B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2009, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Dr. Weber’s research interests are on the combustion of alternative […]

Keywords: alternative fuels, combustion, Current, fuel chemistry

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Zhang, Bi
Title: Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, 1988
E-Mail: bi.zhang@uconn.edu

Dr. Zhang joined the Department in 1992. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He was later with the Laboratory for Manufacturing Processes and Materials at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Zhang’s primary accomplishments lie in research on machining of advanced materials and design of critical […]

Keywords: Computational Shape Modeling,Design and Optimization, Current, dynamics of machining, Dynamics, Sensing and Control, maching process simulation, machining damage prediction, mechanics of machining, Micro and Nano-scale Systems, optimization, precision machine design and control

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Zhang, Dianyun
Title: Assistant Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2014
E-Mail: dianyun.zhang@uconn.edu

Dr. Dianyun Zhang will join the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2015 Fall. Prior to that, she has been a research associate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington, Seattle, with a dual appointment in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Zhang received her […]

Keywords: Applied Mechanics and Advanced Materials Processing, ceramic matrix composites, composite materials, Current, damage mechanics, fracture mechanics, high temperature performance, micro-mechanics, multi-scale modeling, multiscale modeling

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Zhao, Xinyu
Title: Assistant Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University (2013)
E-Mail: xinyu.zhao@uconn.edu

Dr. Zhao joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2015 spring. Prior to that, she has been a postdoctoral research fellow in Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center at Princeton (2014), co-sponsored by Sandia National Laboratory and Pennsylvania State University. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University (2006 and 2008), and […]

Keywords: computational fluid dynamics, Current, Energy Systems, radiative heat transfer, turbulent combustion modeling, uncertainty quantification

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Norato, Julian
Title: Assistant Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
E-Mail: julian.norato@uconn.edu

Dr. Norato joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2014.  He holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering with Specialization in Computational Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.  Prior to joining our department, he was responsible for the […]

Keywords: Biomedical Related Applications, computational design, Computational Shape Modeling,Design and Optimization, Current, design optimization, multi-disciplinary optimization, topology optimization

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Nguyen, Thanh Duc
Title: Assistant Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D., Princeton University
E-Mail: nguyentd@uconn.edu

Thanh Nguyen joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as Assistant Professor at the beginning of 2016. His research is highly interdisciplinary and at the interface of biomedicine, materials and nano/micro technology. He did his postdoc with Professor Robert Langer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His postdoc research was to develop a platform technology which […]

Keywords: biomaterials, Biomedical Related Applications, biomems, bionano interface, cell/neuronal mechanics, Current, drug delivery, microfluidics, nano-micro technology, nanopiezoelectrics

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Moreno, Vito
Title: Professor in Residence
Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1985.
E-Mail: vito.moreno@uconn.edu

Dr. Moreno joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2013. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Rhode Island (1969) and M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut (1973, 1985). He has over 40 years of experience at Pratt & Whitney in a wide variety of positions and responsibility within […]

Keywords: Applied Mechanics and Advanced Materials Processing, Current, fatigue mechanics, fracture mechanics, solid mechanics, Structural mechanics

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Lykotrafitis, George
Title: Associate Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2005. Ph.D., National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2001
E-Mail: george.lykotrafitis@uconn.edu

Dr. Lykotrafitis joined our 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 incoherent interfaces. From […]

Keywords: Biomedical Related Applications, cellular mechanics, cellular membrane dynamics, Current, dynamic frictional sliding modes, incoherent interfaces, Micro and Nano-scale Systems

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Lu, Tianfeng
Title: United Technologies Associate Professor of Engineering Innovation
Highest Degree: Ph.D., Princeton University, 2004
E-Mail: tianfeng.lu@uconn.edu

Dr. Tianfeng Lu joined the 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. His primary […]

Keywords: Chemical Kinetics, combustion, computational fluid dynamics, Current, Energy Systems

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Li, Ying
Title: Assistant Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2015
E-Mail: ying.li@uconn.edu

Dr. Ying Li joined the University of Connecticut in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 from Northwestern University, focusing on the multiscale modeling of soft matter and related biomedical applications. His current research interests are: multiscale modeling, computational material design, mechanics and physics of […]

Keywords: computational material design, Current, design of mechanical meta-materials, drug delivery, mechanics and physics, multi-scale modeling, multiscale modeling, soft matter, targeted drug delivery

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Lee, Jason
Title: Assistant Professor-in-Residence
Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2010
E-Mail: jason.lee@uconn.edu

Dr. Lee joined the University of Connecticut as an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2014. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (2005), and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (2007 and 2010, respectively). Following his Ph.D. he joined the […]

Keywords: Current, high temperature resistant applications, Nanofiber Materials, Polymer Nanocomposite

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Kazerounian, Kazem
Title: Professor and Dean of the School of Engineering
Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1984
E-Mail: kazem.kazerounian@uconn.edu

Dr. Kazerounian joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1984 after receiving his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1980, 1981 and 1984, respectively. Dr. Kazerounians expertise is in analytical and computational kinematics and dynamics applied in diverse application fields, such as protein based nano-scale mechanical […]

Keywords: analytical kinematics, Biomedical Related Applications, computational kinematics, Computational Shape Modeling,Design and Optimization, Current, design, design optimization, gear systems, machine systems, Nano-bio mechanical systems

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