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  Faculty Members:

Oddvar Bendiksen, Chair

Ajit Mal


Features in this program include dynamics and control of physical systems, including spacecraft, aircraft, helicopters, industrial manipulators, analytical studies of control of large space structures, aeromechanical stability of helicopters, active control of helicopter vibrations, experimental studies of electromechanical systems and robotics.


  Fluid Mechanics
  Faculty Members:

Ann Karagozian, Chair

Jeff Eldredge, Pirouz Kavehpour, John Kim, Richard Wirz, Xiaolin Zhong


This program includes experimental, numerical, and theoretical studies related to topics on fluid mechanics such as stratified and rotating flows, thermal convection, interfacial phenomena, acoustically driven combustion flows, high-speed combustion, hazardous waste incineration., laser diagnostics, aerodynamic noise production, unsteady aerodynamics of fixed and rotary wings, flow instabilities and transition, turbulence, flow control, and micro-scale fluid mechanics.


  Heat and Mass Transfer
  Faculty Members:

Pirouz Kavehpour, Chair

Mohamed Abdou, Ivan Catton, Sungtaek JuAdrienne LavineLaurent Pilon


This program includes studies of convection, radiation, conduction, evaporation, condensation, boiling, two-phase flow, chemically reacting and radiating flow, instability and turbulent flow, and reactive flows in porous media.


  Manufacturing and Design
  Faculty Members:

Nasr Ghoniem, Chair

Mohamed Abdou, Gregory CarmanRajit Gadh,  Jonathan Hopkins, Xiaochun LiAjit MalTsu-Chin Tsao


The program is developed around an integrated approach to manufacturing and mechanical product design. It includes research on material behavior (physical and mechanical) in manufacturing processes and design; design of mechanical systems (for example, power, micro-electro-mechanical systems and transportation); design methodology; automation, robotics and unmanned machinery; manufacturing and mechanical systems(reliability, safety, and optimization); CAD/CAM theory and applications; computational geometry and geometrical modeling, composite structure; beam and plasma assisted manufacturing.


  Faculty Members:

Pei-Yu Chiou, Chair

Gregory CarmanYong ChenVijay Gupta, Chih-Ming HoSungtaek JuPirouz Kavehpour, Chang-Jin Kim, Xiaochun LiLaurent Pilon



The MEMS/Nano program focuses on the integration of science, engineering, and technology in the length scale of micrometers and nanometers. The study topics include science, fabrication technologies, devices, systems, material processing, intelligent material systems, flow phenomena, heat transfer, and biotechnologies at the micron/nano scales. The program is highly interdisciplinary in nature.


  Structural and Solid Mechanics
  Faculty Members:

Christopher Lynch, Chair

Oddvar Bendiksen, Gregory Carman, Nasr Ghoniem, Vijay Gupta, Jonathan Hopkins, William Klug, Xiaochun LiAjit Mal


The solid mechanics program features theoretical, numerical and experimental studies, including fracture mechanics and damage tolerance, micromechanics with emphasis on technical applications, wave propagation and nondestructive evaluation, mechanics of composite materials, mechanics of thin films and interfaces, and investigation into coupled electro-magneto-thermo-mechanical material systems. The structural mechanics program includes structural dynamics with applications to aircraft and spacecraft, fixed-wing and rotary-wing aeroelasticity, fluid structure interaction, computational transonic aeroelasticity, structural optimization, finite element methods and related computational techniques, structural mechanics of composite material components, and analysis of adaptive structures.


  Systems and Control
  Faculty Members:

Steve Gibson, Chair

Jonathan HopkinsTetsuya Iwasaki, Robert M'Closkey, Jason Speyer, Tsu-Chin Tsao


This program features systems engineering principles and applied mathematical methods of modeling, analysis, and design of continuous and discrete-time control systems. Emphasis is on computational methods, simulation, and modern applications in engineering, system concepts, applied optimal control, differential games, and computer process control. This field covers a broad spectrum of topics, emphasizing primarily aerospace and mechanical engineering applications.



  Applied Mathematics

Jason Speyer, Chair


Students opting for Applied Mathematics as a minor field are responsible for the body of knowledge contained in a coherent group of courses offered by the School of Engineering and/or the Mathematics Department. The program must consist of at least twelve quarter units of graduate study. In addition to the graduate course work, students in this minor field are expected to be familiar with the basic material in linear algebra, differential equations, vector calculus, functions of complex variables, and advanced calculus.


  Applied Plasma Physics

Mohamed Abdou, Chair


Research in Applied Plasma Physics and Fusion Engineering is an appropriate advanced extension of traditional research and multi-disciplinary graduate-oriented field. The program emphasizes fusion as an important future option for energy production, conversion, and utilization. Research explores challenging applications of structural and solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, plasma-material interactions, and particle transport. The minor field offers education and training in plasma and fusion engineering to supplement the education received via one of the traditional major fields offered by the Department.