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Faculty Research

MAJOR FIELDS OF RESEARCH

Design, Robotics, and Manufacturing
Fluid Mechanics
Heat and Mass Transfer
MEMS and Nanotechnology
Structural and Solid Mechanics
Systems and Control

 

DESIGN, ROBOTICS, AND MANUFACTURING

abdou_100.jpg Mohamed Abdou, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

310-206-0501
Fusion, nuclear, and mechanical engineering design, testing, and system analysis, thermomechanics; thermal hydraulics; neutronics, plasma-material interactions; blankets and high heat flux components; experiments, modeling and analysis.
carman_100.jpg Greg Carman, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

310-825-6030
Nanoscale multiferroic materials, piezoelectric materials, magnetostrictive materials, thin film shape memory alloys, fiber optic sensors.
rajit_100.jpg Rajit Gadh, Ph.D.
Professor
Gadh's Signature
310-267-4892
Smart Grid, Electric Vehicle and Grid Integration, Microgrid, Distributed Energy Resource,  Solar- and renewable- grid integration, Demand Response, Autonomous Electric Vehicle, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Wireless sensors and sensor fusion, Internet of Things, CAD/VR.
ghoniem2_100.jpg Nasr Ghoniem, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

310-825-4866
Damage and Failure of Materials in Mechanical Design; Mechanics and Physics of Material Defects (point defects, dislocations, voids and cracks); Material Degradation in Severe Environments (e.g. Nuclear, Fusion, Rocket Engines, etc.); Plasma and Laser Processing; Materials Non-equilibrium, Pattern formation and Instability Phenomena; Radiation Interaction with Materials (neutrons, electrons, particles, laser & photons).
hong_100_actual.jpg Dennis Hong, Ph.D.
Professor

(310) 825-9471
Humanoids & Bipedal Robots, Robot Locomotion & Manipulation, Soft Actuators, Robotic Platforms, Autonomous Vehicles, Machine Design, Kinematics & Mechanisms.
hopkins_100.jpg Jonathan B. Hopkins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Design, analysis, and fabrication of sophisticated flexible structures that possess extraordinary capabilities.
prof xiaochun li_100.jpg Xiaochun Li, Ph.D.
Raytheon Endowed
Professor in
Manufacturing Engineering

310-825-2383
Scifacturing (science-driven manufacturing), Super Metals by Nanoparticles Self-Dispersion, Scalable Nanomanufacturing, Smart Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing.
rosen_100.jpg Jacob Rosen, Ph.D.
Professor

(310) 206-0174
Biorobotics; Human centered robotics, medical robotics (surgery and rehabilitation), wearable robotics (exoskeleton), teleoperation, haptics and virtual reality, biomechanics, neuromuscular control, and human-machine interfaces.
VJSantos_headshot_071714_corrected_100x100.jpg Veronica Santos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

310-825-2125
Human-machine systems, robotics, prosthetics, tactile sensors, haptics, hand biomechanics, neural control of movement, stochastic modeling, and clinical applications of biomechanical modeling.
tsao-100 Tsu-Chin Tsao, Ph.D.
Professor

310-206-2819
Modeling and control of dynamic systems with applications in mechanical systems, manufacturing processes, automotive systems, and energy systems, digital control; repetitive and learning control, adaptive and optimal control, mechatronics.

FLUID MECHANICS

eldredge_100.jpg Jeff Eldredge, Ph.D.
Professor

310-206-5094
Computational and theoretical investigations of fluid dynamics, including unsteady aerodynamics, bio-inspired locomotion, fluid-structure interactions, and biomedical flows.
karagozian_jan2009_100.jpg Ann Karagozian, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

310-825-5653
Fluid mechanics and combustion, with applications to improved engine efficiency, reduced emissions, alternative fuels, and advanced high speed air breathing and rocket propulsion systems.
kavehpour_100.jpg Pirouz Kavehpour, Ph.D.
Professor
Vice Chair for Graduate Affairs

310-825-6494
Microfluidics and biofluidics, biofuel cells, cardiovascular flow, complex fluids, interfacial physics, micro-tribology, non-isothermal flows, drug delivery systems, and artificial organs.
kimj2_color_100.jpg John Kim, Ph.D.
Rockwell Collins
Endowed Professor
Distinguished Professor

310-825-4393
Numerical simulation of transitional and turbulent flows, turbulence and heat-transfer control, numerical algorithms for computational physics.
Mitchell Spearrin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

310-825-1805
Spectroscopy and gas dynamics; advanced optical sensors, including laser absorption and fluorescence, with experimental application to propulsion, energy systems, and other reacting flow fields.
wirz_new_100.jpg Richard Wirz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

310-825-5489
Electric and micro propulsion, low temperature plasma and plasma discharges, spacecraft and space mission design, alternative energy generation and storage.
Zhong-face_100.jpg Xiaolin Zhong, Ph.D.
Professor

310-825-2905
Computational fluid dynamics; hypersonic flows, development of new very high-order numerical methods; numerical simulation of hypersonic boundary layer receptivity, stability, and transition; numerical simulation of real-gas hypersonic flow; development of high-order immersed interface method for flow simulations; DNS of strong shock interaction with turbulence; numerical simulation studies of wave energy harvesting devices.

HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER

abdou_100.jpg Mohamed Abdou, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

310-206-0501
Fusion, nuclear, and mechanical engineering design, testing, and system analysis, thermomechanics; thermal hydraulics; neutronics, plasma-material interactions; blankets and high heat flux components; experiments, modeling and analysis.
dhir_color2_100.jpg Vijay Dhir, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

310-825-8507
Two-phase heat transfer, boiling and condensation, thermal and hydrodynamic stability, thermal hydraulics of nuclear reactors, microgravity heat transfer, soil remediation.
fisher-100 Tim Fisher, Ph.D.
Professor

310-206-8113
Transport processes by electrons, phonons, photons, and fluids; applications in energy transport, conversion, and storage relevant to major industrial segments (aerospace, micro/nanoelectronics, sensors).
hu_100.jpg Yongjie Hu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

310-825-3583
Heat transfer and electron transport in nanostructures, interfaces & packaging. Thermal, electronic, optoelectronic, thermoelectric devices and systems. Energy conversion, storage and thermal management. Ultrafast optical spectroscopy and high-frequency electronics. Nanomaterials design, processing and manufacturing.
ju_100.jpg Y. Sungtaek Ju, Ph.D.
Professor
310-825-0985
Micro- and nanoscale thermosciencs, energy, bioMEMS/NEMS, nanofabrication.
kavehpour_100.jpg Pirouz Kavehpour, Ph.D.
Professor
Vice Chair for Graduate Affairs

310-825-6494
Microfluidics and biofluidics, biofuel cells, cardiovascular flow, complex fluids, interfacial physics, micro-tribology, non-isothermal flows, drug delivery systems, and artificial organs.
lavine3_100.jpg Adrienne Lavine, Ph.D.
Professor

310-825-7468
Solar thermal energy storage, thermal energy harvesting, thermal control of nanoscale manufacturing, thermomechanical behavior of shape memory alloys, thermal aspects of manufacturing processes including machining and plasma thermal spray.
murthy-100 Jayathi Murthy, Ph.D.
HSSEAS Dean
Distinguished Professor
jmurthy@seas.ucla.edu
310-825-2938
Nanoscale heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics, and simulations of fluid flow and heat transfer for industrial applications. Sub-micron thermal transport, multiscale multiphysics simulations and uncertainty quantifications.
LPilon2016-color-100 Laurent Pilon, Ph.D.
Professor
310-206-5598
Radiation transfer, applied optics, interfacial and transport phenomena, nanostructured materials for energy applications such as pyroelectric energy conversion, energy storage systems, photosynthetic production of biofuels.
Mitchell Spearrin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

310-825-1805
Spectroscopy and gas dynamics; advanced optical sensors, including laser absorption and fluorescence, with experimental application to propulsion, energy systems, and other reacting flow fields.

MEMS AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

carman_100.jpg Greg Carman, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

310-825-6030
Nanoscale multiferroic materials, piezoelectric materials, magnetostrictive materials, thin film shape memory alloys, fiber optic sensors.
chen_100.jpg Yong Chen, Ph.D.
Professor

310-206-2453
Nanofabrication. Nanoscale electronic materials and devices. Micro-Nano electronic/optical/bio/mechanical systems. Ultra-scale spatial and temporal characterization.
chiou_100.jpg Pei-Yu Chiou, Ph.D.
Professor

310-825-8620
Biophotonics, nanophotonics, BioMEMS/NEMS, electrokinetics, microfluidics and biofluidics, guided self-assembly, high throughput single cell analysis.
fisher-100 Tim Fisher, Ph.D.
Professor

310-206-8113
Transport processes by electrons, phonons, photons, and fluids; applications in energy transport, conversion, and storage relevant to major industrial segments (aerospace, micro/nanoelectronics, sensors).
gupta-100.jpg Vijay Gupta, Ph.D.
Professor

310-825-0223
Experimental mechanics, fracture of engineering solids, mechanics of thin films and interfaces, failure mechanisms and characterization of composite materials, ice mechanics, use of high frequency laser-generated acoustic pulses for dissociation of intercellular and cell-to-Ti bonds for the treatment of arrhythmias and development of efficient titanium implants.
hu_100.jpg Yongjie Hu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

310 825-3583
Heat transfer and electron transport in nanostructures, interfaces & packaging. Thermal, electronic, optoelectronic, thermoelectric devices and systems. Energy conversion, storage and thermal management. Ultrafast optical spectroscopy and high-frequency electronics. Nanomaterials design, processing and manufacturing.
ju_100.jpg Y. Sungtaek Ju, Ph.D.
Professor
310-825-0985
Micro- and nanoscale thermosciencs, energy, bioMEMS/NEMS, nanofabrication.
kavehpour_100.jpg Pirouz Kavehpour, Ph.D.
Professor
Vice Chair for Graduate Affairs

310-825-6494
Microfluidics and biofluidics, biofuel cells, cardiovascular flow, complex fluids, interfacial physics, micro-tribology, non-isothermal flows, drug delivery systems, and artificial organs.
jin-100x100-v2 Lihua Jin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mechanics of soft materials: instability, fracture, and stimuli-responsive materials. Continuum mechanics and applications in technologies: additive manufacturing, soft robotics, and stretchable electronics. Nanomechanics and multiscale modeling.
kimcj_color_new_100.jpg Chang-Jin Kim, Ph.D.
Professor
Volgenau Chair in Engineering

310-825-0267
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), surface-tension-based microactuation, nanotechnology for surface control, microdevices including microfluidic applications, full spectrum of micromachining technologies.
prof xiaochun li_100.jpg Xiaochun Li, Ph.D.
Raytheon Endowed
Professor in
Manufacturing Engineering

310-825-2383
Scifacturing (science-driven manufacturing), Super Metals by Nanoparticles Self-Dispersion, Scalable Nanomanufacturing, Smart Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing.
LPilon2016-color-100 Laurent Pilon, Ph.D.
Professor
310-206-5598
Radiation transfer, applied optics, interfacial and transport phenomena, nanostructured materials for energy applications such as pyroelectric energy conversion, energy storage systems, photosynthetic production of biofuels.

STRUCTURAL AND SOLID MECHANICS

carman_100.jpg Greg Carman, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

310-825-6030
Nanoscale multiferroic materials, piezoelectric materials, magnetostrictive materials, thin film shape memory alloys, fiber optic sensors.
ghoniem2_100.jpg Nasr Ghoniem, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

310-825-4866
Damage and Failure of Materials in Mechanical Design; Mechanics and Physics of Material Defects (point defects, dislocations, voids and cracks); Material Degradation in Severe Environments (e.g. Nuclear, Fusion, Rocket Engines, etc.); Plasma and Laser Processing; Materials Non-equilibrium, Pattern formation and Instability Phenomena; Radiation Interaction with Materials (neutrons, electrons, particles, laser & photons).
gupta-100.jpg Vijay Gupta, Ph.D.
Professor

310-825-0223
Experimental mechanics, fracture of engineering solids, mechanics of thin films and interfaces, failure mechanisms and characterization of composite materials, ice mechanics, use of high frequency laser-generated acoustic pulses for dissociation of intercellular and cell-to-Ti bonds for the treatment of arrhythmias and development of efficient titanium implants.
hopkins_100.jpg Jonathan B. Hopkins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Design, analysis, and fabrication of sophisticated flexible structures that possess extraordinary capabilities.
jin-100x100-v2 Lihua Jin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mechanics of soft materials: instability, fracture, and stimuli-responsive materials. Continuum mechanics and applications in technologies: additive manufacturing, soft robotics, and stretchable electronics. Nanomechanics and multiscale modeling.
lynch_new_small.jpg Christopher S. Lynch, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor
Ferroelectric materials including experimental characterization of constitutive behavior under multiaxial loading.
mal_100.jpg Ajit Mal, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Vice Chair for Undergraduate Affairs

310-825-5481
Mechanics of solids, fractures and failure, wave propagation, nondestructive evaluation, composite materials, structural health monitoring, biomechanics.

SYSTEMS AND CONTROL

gibson_100.jpg Steven Gibson, Ph.D.
Professor

310-825-9362
Control and identification of dynamical systems. Optimal and adaptive control of distributed systems, including flexible structures and fluid flows. Adaptive filtering, identification, and noise cancellation.
hopkins_100.jpg Jonathan B. Hopkins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Design, analysis, and fabrication of sophisticated flexible structures that possess extraordinary capabilities.
iwasaki_100_new.jpg Tetsuya Iwasaki, Ph.D.
Professor

310-206-2533
Neuronal control mechanism of animal locomotion, nonlinear oscillators, and robust/nonlinear control theory and its applications to mechanical, aerospace, and electrical systems.
mcloskey_100.jpg Robert M’Closkey, Ph.D.
Professor

310-825-2909
Nonlinear control theory and design with application to mechanical and aerospace systems, real-time implementation.
rosen_100.jpg Jacob Rosen, Ph.D.
Professor

(310) 206-0174
Biorobotics; Human centered robotics, medical robotics (surgery and rehabilitation), wearable robotics (exoskeleton), teleoperation, haptics and virtual reality, biomechanics, neuromuscular control, and human-machine interfaces.
VJSantos_headshot_071714_corrected_100x100.jpg Veronica Santos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

310-825-2125
Human-machine systems, robotics, prosthetics, tactile sensors, haptics, hand biomechanics, neural control of movement, stochastic modeling, and clinical applications of biomechanical modeling.
speyer-100.jpg Jason L. Speyer, Ph.D.
Ronald and Valerie Sugar Endowed Professor of Engineering
Distinguished Professor

310-206-4451
Stochastic and deterministic optimal control and estimation with application to aerospace systems; guidance, flight control, and flight mechanics.
tsao-100 Tsu-Chin Tsao, Ph.D.
Professor

310-206-2819
Modeling and control of dynamic systems with applications in mechanical systems, manufacturing processes, automotive systems, and energy systems, digital control; repetitive and learning control, adaptive and optimal control, mechatronics.