Faculty By Keywords

Imani, Farhad
Title: Assistant Professor
E-Mail: farhad.imani@uconn.edu

Dr. Imani joined the University of Connecticut in 2020 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his Dual-title Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the Pennsylvania State University in 2020. His research interests focus on data analytics, machine learning, statistical learning, and decision theory for process monitoring and […]

Keywords: active faculty, Current

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Cunha , Frank
Title: Professor in Residence
Highest Degree: Ph.D., New York University, 1995
E-Mail: francisco.cunha@uconn.edu

Dr. Cunha joined the University of Connecticut as a Professor-in-Residence in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Management for Engineering and Manufacturing (2019). He received his B.S. and M.S. from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from New York University (1995). Dr. Cunha worked in industry for four decades designing and developing aircraft […]

Keywords: active faculty, advanced manufacturing, Current, Energy Systems, fatigue mechanics, fluid mechanics, fracture mechanics, gas turbine engines, heat transfer, manufacturing, solid mechanics, transport phenomena, turbo machines

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Sheikhi, Reza
Title: Associate Professor In Residence and Associate Department Head
Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2005
E-Mail: reza.sheikhi@uconn.edu

Dr. Reza Sheikhi joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2018. He received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh, State University of New York at Buffalo and Sharif University of Technology, Iran, respectively. Dr. Sheikhi has several years of industrial experience and has previously been an Assistant Professor of Mechanical […]

Keywords: active faculty, computational fluid mechanics, computational mechanics, Current, Energy Systems, fluid mechanics, Multi-physics computational modeling, transport phenomena, turbulent combustion, turbulent combustion modeling

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Poludnenko, Alexei
Title: Associate Professor
Highest Degree: PhD, University of Rochester, 2004
E-Mail: alexei.poludnenko@uconn.edu

Keywords: active faculty, Current

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Carbone, Francesco
Title: Assistant Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D. University of Naples Federico II (Italy), 2008
E-Mail: carbone@uconn.edu

Keywords: active faculty, combustion, Current

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Bilal, Osama
Title: Assistant Professor
E-Mail: osama.bilal@uconn.edu

Osama is interested in designing intelligent, autonomous and multifunctional structures and materials through understanding of correlations between geometry, symmetry, periodicity and mechanical properties. His research interests spans dynamics of structures and materials, acoustic metamaterials, soft robotics, additive manufacturing, origami, topology optimization, haptics and fluid-structure interaction. The research combines theory, numerical simulations and experiments spanning micro […]

Keywords: active faculty, Current

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Xu, Hongyi
Title: Assistant Professor
E-Mail: hongyi.3.xu@uconn.edu

Dr. Hongyi Xu joined University of Connecticut in February 2019 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on developing design optimization and uncertainty quantification methods for the analysis and design of heterogeneous microstructural materials. His research interests also include Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) and data mining-enhanced multi-disciplinary optimization. Prior […]

Keywords: active faculty, Additive manufacturing, batteries, Current, design, multi-disciplinary optimization, uncertainty quantification

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Tarakanova, Anna
Title: Assistant Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017.
E-Mail: anna.tarakanova@uconn.edu

Anna Tarakanova joined the University of Connecticut in 2018 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research focuses on advancing molecular and multiscale modeling methods to study the structure, function and mechanics of biological and bioinspired materials driving the development of new functional materials for medical and engineering applications. Additionally, she investigates […]

Keywords: Current, Molecular modeling, multiscale modeling, Nano-bio mechanical systems

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Bruno, Claudio
Title: Research Professor
Highest Degree: Ph.D. Princeton University, 1977
E-Mail: claudio.bruno@uconn.edu

Dr. Claudio Bruno joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2016. Prior to that he was Head of the High Speed Group at the United Technologies Research Center from 2011; Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” from 1989, with a simultaneous appointment as Combustion Leader at the Center for […]

Keywords: Aerospace Combustion and Propulsion, Current

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

Dr. Matheou joined the department of Mechanical Engineering in August 2017 from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He combines theory, modeling, state of the art computational algorithms, in situ measurements and remote sensing data to understand and predict complex multi-physics fluid flows, which include the interaction of several physical processes: stable and unstable density stratification, rotation, […]

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

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Crow, David (Ed)
Title: Professor in Residence
Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Missouri-Rolla, 1972
E-Mail: edward.crow@pratt-whitney.com

Dr. David (Ed) Crow joined the department in 2002 after a distinguished career in industry. Dr. Crow joined Pratt & Whitney in 1966, rising to the position of Senior Vice President of Pratt & Whitney’s Engineering organization in May 1997, where he was responsible for the design, development, validation and certification of all Pratt & […]

Keywords: commercial engines, Current, gas turbine engines, gas turbine technology, military engines

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Jordan, Eric
Title: Research Professor (Emeritus Faculty)
Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978
E-Mail: eric.jordan@uconn.edu

Dr. Jordan joined the Department in 1979. Initially, his research dealt with issues related to gas turbine hot section stress analysis and associated application of fracture mechanics to predict the crack growth lives of engine parts. His work has included both experimental and theoretical studies involving high temperature materials behavior and stress analysis. Some of […]

Keywords: Applied Mechanics and Advanced Materials Processing, Current, experimental mechanics, high temperature materials, Micro and Nano-scale Systems, theoretical mechanics

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Kim, Jeongho
Title: Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Joint Appointment with Mechanical Engineering
Highest Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 2003
E-Mail: jeongho.kim@uconn.edu

Keywords: Computational fracture mechanics, Current, finite element methods, fuel cells, functionally graded materials

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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: 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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Pierce, David M.
Title: Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
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 the Managment and Engineering for Manufactring Program
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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Weber, Bryan
Title: Assistant Professor In Residence and Director of Undergraduate Studies
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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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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