Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Department


Chiang, Fu-pen, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., 1966, University of Florida: Experimental mechanics; solid mechanics; photoelasticity; moiré and laser methods for stress analysis; mechanics of soft tissues and heart.

Ge, Q. Jeffrey, Professor and Chair, Ph.D., 1990, University of California, Irvine: Design kinematics; robotics; CAD/CAM; mechanical systems analysis and simulation.

Kao, Imin, Professor. Ph.D.. 1991, Stanford University: Robotics; stiffness control; wiresaw manufactururing process; manufacturing automation; Taguchi methods.

Longtin, Jon P. Professor, P.E., Ph.D., 1995, University of California, Berkeley: Heat transfer at fast time scales; ultrafast laser liquid- and laser-solid interactions; laser processing, sensors, building energy, energy efficiency, novel heating and cooling technologies.

Nakamura, Toshio, Professor, Ph.D., 1986, Brown University: Solid mechanics; composite materials; computational fracture mechanics.

Associate Professors

Chang, Qing (Cindy), Associate Professor. Doctor of Engineering, 2006, University of Michigan:Real-time production control, manufacturing system modeling, simulation and intelligent maintenance, real-time energy management of manufacturing system.

Cubaud, Thomas, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2001, Paris-Sud University/ESPCI, France: microfluidics, interfacial fluid phenomena and wetting, multiphase flows, miscible flows, and complex fluids.

Hwang, David (Jae-Seok), Associate Professor. Ph.D., 2005, University of California at Berkeley: Micro-and nanoscle heat transfer, laser-assisted solar photovoltaic manufacturing and diagnostics, advanced diagnostics of light-matter interaction.

Kukta, Robert V., Associate Professor, Ph.D., 1998, Brown University: Solid mechanics; mechanics of thin films; micromechanical modeling of defects in crystals, crystal growth, self-assembly, surface science.

Ladeinde, Foluso, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 1988, Cornell University: Turbulent flows, High-speed chemically-reacting flows; Noise source prediction and propagation.

Purwar, Anurag, Research Associate Professor. Ph.D., 2005, Stony Brook University: CAD/CAM, Computational Kinematics, Design Automation, Robotics

Rastegar, Jahangir, Associate Professor. Ph.D., 1976, Stanford University: Kinematics, dynamics and control of high performance machinery, optimal design of mechanical systems.

Wang, Lin-Shu, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 1966, University of California, Berkeley: Thermodynamic theory; heat extraction principle; dynamic design of eco-dwellings.

Assistant Professors

Chakraborty, Nilanjan, Assistant Professor, Ph. D., 2008, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Robot Motion Planning, Multi-robot Coordination, Human-Robot Interaction, Mechanism Design, Multi-body Dynamics, Distributed Intelligent Systems for Energy Automation, Sensor Networks, Distributed Algorithms, Combinatorial Optimization.

Chen, Shikui, Assistant Professor. Ph.D., 2010, Northwestern University: Mechanical Engineering. Ph.D., 2006, Chinese University of Hong Kong: Automation and Computer Aided Engineering.

Colosqui, Carlos, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. 2009, Boston University: Thermal-fluids, Microfluidics, Colloidal systems, Fuel Cells, and Nano/ Micro-Electromechanical Systems (N/MEMS).

Kirane, Kedar, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. 2014, Northwestern University: Solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, scaling, fatigue quasibrittle materials, geo-mechanics, poro-mechanics, poly-crystal plasticity, probabilistic mechanics, multi-scale modeling

Lawler, Benjamin, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 2013, University of Michigan: Efficiency and emissions of internal combustion engines, drive- cycle modeling and simulation of various vehicle architectures to evaluate the fuel economy benefits of each next-generation technology.

Mamalis, Sotirios, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. 2012, University of Michigan: Internal combustion engines, modeling of advanced combustion processes, thermodynamic analysis of power generation and propulsion systems.

Wang, Lifeng, Assistant Professor. Ph.D., 2006, Tsinghua University: materials modeling, computational mechanics, micro- and nano-mechanics, materials testing and characterization, rapid prototyping and 3D printing, and composites.

Wang, Ya, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 2012, Virginia Tech: Energy harvesting, structural dynamics, vibration control, smart structures, multifunctional composites.


Number of teaching, graduate, and research assistantships, fall 2017: 21