Graduate Research Areas

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 Applied Mechanics and Advanced Materials Processing: Properties of ceramic and metallic materials and coatings, optical ceramics, photonic crystals, optical fibers, thin films, polymer and composite materials processing, microfabrication processes.
Faculty: Chiu, Jordan, Pierce, Li, Nguyen, S. Tasoglu, D. Zhang
Affiliated Institute: Institute of Materials Science
FuelCellScienceandTechnology 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.
Faculty: Cetegen, Chiu, Faghri, Lu, PasaogullariPettes, SungZhao
Affiliated Center: Center for Clean Energy Engineering
DynamicsSensingandControl 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: Cao, Chen, Dutta, Olgac, TangB.Zhang
ComputationalShapeModelingandDesign Computational Shape Modeling and Design: geometric modeling, computational design, geometric reasoning, design methodologies for complex mechanisms, gear systems and structures, structural shape and topology optimization, optimization for manufacturability.
Faculty: Ilies, Kazerounian, B.Zhang, Norato
MicroandNano-scaleSystems 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: ChenChiu, Faghri, Fan, Jordan, Lykotrafitis, Pettes, S. Tasoglu, B.Zhang
BiomedicalRelatedApplications Biomedical Related Applications: Cellular and biomedical micro-manipulations, cell membrane mechanics and transport, modeling of protein motion, human skeletal motion analysis.
Faculty: Fan, Olgac, Ilies, Kazerounian, Lykotrafitis, Li, Pierce, NoratoNguyen, S. Tasoglu