Mechanical Engineering Research Themes

Energy Systems 

A concentration in energy systems typically entails advanced study of a) thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, and combustion b) the application of these principles to phenomena and devices that constitute energy-conversion systems and c) the analysis, simulation and design of such systems.


Research Specializations


Dr. Casey Allen

Ignition and combustion phenomena, alternative fuels, and advanced engine chemistry


Dr. John Borg, P.E.

Shock physics, hydrodynamic stability and turbulence, fluid dynamics and aerodynamics


Dr. Anthony Bowman  

Heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, numerical modeling and simulation of thermofluid equipment processes and systems


Dr. Adam Dempsey

Fuel injection and sprays, CFD simulations of turbulent reacting flows, combustion and chemical kinetics, pollutant emissions formations in combustion, internal combustion engines, advanced combustion strategy development


Dr. Hyunjae Park

Energy conversion systems, computational fluid dynamics, heat exchange equipment, heat transfer, thermal engineering


Dr. Somesh Roy

Turbulent combustion modeling, soot modeling and pollutant modeling from combustion devices, radiative heat transfer, atmospheric soot, computational fluid dynamics, and high-performance computing


Dr. Simcha Singer

Combustion, gasification and pyrolysis of solid fuels, multicomponent droplet vaporization


Manufacturing Systems 

A concentration in manufacturing systems engineering focuses on a broad range of topics, ranging from micro issues, such as materials-related issues and cutting mechanisms in material removal processes, to macro analysis of complex manufacturing systems from a process or ergonomics perspective. The focus of this concentration may be computer-integrated manufacturing, materials processing, mechanical behavior of materials, manufacturing processes, quality systems or ergonomics within manufacturing.


Research Specialization


Dr. Vikram Cariapa, P.E.

Mass finishing, rapid prototyping, prosthesis design for the spinal cord injured


Dr. Joseph Domblesky, P.E.

Process simulation, metal forming, materials joining


Dr. Dinc Erdeniz

Structural alloys (nickel, aluminum, high-entropy alloys), shape-memory alloys, energetic materials, porous materials (foams, micro-architectured structures), additive manufacturing, mechanical behavior of materials (quasi-static, creep, fatigue), 3D characterization (X-ray, tomography, atom-probe tomography)


Dr. Kyuil (Kyle) Kim, P.E.

Computer-aided manufacturing, industrial automation, sculptured surface machining, statistical process control


Dr. Richard Marklin, C.P.E.

Ergonomics, human factors engineering, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome


Mechanical Systems 

A concentration in mechanical systems typically entails advanced study of a) mechanical design and analysis and b) modeling, simulation and control. Mechanical design and analysis focuses on the use of sound physical and mathematical principles to understand the behavior of mechanical systems. It includes computer-aided optimal design, such as the design of multibody, multidegree-of-freedom mechanical systems. Modeling, simulation and control involve the study of theoretical mechanics in conjunction with computational applications including advanced dynamics, kinematics and stress analysis. Applications include the modeling and control of manufacturing processes, including robotics and automated deformation processing.


Research Specializations

Dr. Dragomir Marinkovich

New product development, additive manufacturing, modeling and simulation of mechanical and biomedical systems, CAD and solid modeling, and methods to improve teaching in engineering

Dr. John Moore

Computational mechanics, materials science, engineering design, high performance computing, alloys, polymers, biomedical devices

 Dr. Allison Murray

Additive manufacturing, dynamic characterization methods, vibrations, energetic materials

Dr. Joseph Schimmels

Dynamic systems measurement and control, robotics, kinematics, impedance design, automated assembly, geometric modeling

Dr. Robert Stango, P.E.

Solid mechanics, composite materials, numerical analysis, surface finish processes

Dr. Philip Voglewede

Dynamics and controls, theoretical kinematics applied to robotics and prostheses, polynomial chaos theory applied to controls, industrial automation and fixturing

Dr. Allison Murray

Additive manufacturing, dynamic characterization methods, vibrations, energetic materials