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Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Computational Methods



  • F. Bobaru, Professor: Computational methods: peridynamics for fracture and impact, nanostructured materials, meshfree methods for shape and material optimization, granular materials on vibrating structures, multidisciplinary optimization, inverse problems, adaptive refinement, and multiscale and multiphysics methods
  • K. D. Cole, Professor: Heat transfer and diffusion theory, Green’s functions and symbolic computation, numerical modeling, thermal sensor technology, thermal conductivity measurements
  • G. Gogos, Professor: Computational heat transfer and fluid flow; perturbation methods; fundamental processes associated with vaporizing/combusting sprays with applications in liquid-fueled rocket engines, gas turbines, diesel engines, and industrial furnaces (evaporation/combustion of moving droplets, subcritical and supercritical droplet evaporation, transition of envelop to wake flames in burning droplets, droplet interactions, interaction of sprays and buoyant diffusion flames); natural convection; heat transfer and material deposition in rotational molding
  • L. Gu, Assistant Professor: Computational mechanics with experimental validation, multiscale modeling, fluid-structure interaction, material characterization, traumatic brain injury, vascular mechanics including vascular remodeling, mechanism of in-stent restenosis and atherosclerosis, minimally invasive medical device design
  • M. Negahban, Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Research: Theoretical modeling, computational simulation, and experimental characterize of large deformation thermo-mechanical response of polymers and biological materials, inverse problems, dynamic loading, inelastic and plastic response
  • J. D. Reid, Professor: Vehicle crashworthiness and roadside safety design, analysis, and simulation; vehicle dynamics; nonlinear, large deformation, finite-element analysis; computer simulation
  • W. M. Szydlowski, Associate Professor: Analysis and synthesis of mechanisms, computer simulation of mechanical systems, dynamics of machinery (mechanical impact and mechanisms of intermittent motion with clearances in particular), redundant constraints in large mechanical systems, application of genetic algorithms to synthesis of mechanisms
  • C. W. S. To, Professor: Sound and vibration studies (acoustic pulsation in pipelines, railway noise and vibration, signal analysis, structural dynamics, random vibration, nonlinear and chaotic vibration), solid mechanics (linear and nonlinear finite-element methods with application to laminated composite shell structures and modeling of aorta dissection), system dynamics (nonlinear and rigid-body dynamics), controls (deterministic and stochastic), nanomechanics
  • Z. Zhang, Associate Professor: Numerical and experimental study of the laser-induced plasma and its application to pulsed laser deposition of thin films, numerical modeling of diesel particulate filters and other after-treatment devices, blast wave mitigation devices