2018-2019 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Faculty Areas of Thesis Guidance


Mohamed A. Abdou, Ph.D. (U. Wisconsin, 1973)

Fusion, nuclear, and mechanical engineering design, testing, and system analysis, thermomechanics; thermal hydraulics; fluid dynamics, heat, and mass transfer in the presence of magnetic fields (MHD flows); neutronics; radiation transport; plasma-material interactions; blankets and high heat flux components; experiments, modeling and analysis

Gregory P. Carman, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech, 1991)

Electromagnetoelasticity models including micromagnetics, elastodynamics, and Maxwell coupled solutions. Characterization of piezoelectric ceramics, magnetostrictive shape memory alloys, and multiferroic materials.

Yong Chen, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, 1996)

Nanoscale science and engineering; micro- and nano-fabrication; self-assembly phenomena; microscale and nanoscale electronic, mechanical, optical, biological, and sensing devices, circuits and systems

Pei-Yu Chiou, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, 2005)

BioMEMS, biophotonics, electrokinetics, optical manipulation, optoelectronic devices

Vijay K. Dhir, Ph.D. (U. Kentucky, 1972)

Two-phase heat transfer, boiling and condensation, thermal hydraulics of nuclear reactors, microgravity heat transfer, soil remediation, high-power density electronic cooling

Jeffrey D. Eldredge, Ph.D. (Caltech, 2002)

Numerical simulations of fluid dynamics, bio-inspired locomotion in fluids, transition and turbulence of high-speed flows, aerodynamically generated sound, vorticity-based numerical methods, simulations of biomedical flows

Timothy S. Fisher, Ph.D. (Cornell, 1998)

Heat and mass transfer, interfacial transport, nanomaterial synthesis, nano-/micro-device fabrication, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, subcontinuum modeling and measurements of heat and charge transport, electrochemical and thermal energy storage, mechanics and transport in granular materials and porous media, plasma science and technology, aerospace thermal systems

Rajit Gadh, Ph.D. (Carnegie Mellon, 1991)

Smart grid, electric vehicle and grid integration, microgrid, distributed energy resource, solar- and renewable-grid integration, demand response, autonomous electric vehicle, machine learning from transportation data, radio frequency identification (RFID), Internet of things

Nasr M. Ghoniem, Ph.D. (U. Wisconsin, 1977)

Mechanics of materials in severe environments (nuclear, aerospace, transportation); radiation interaction with materials (e.g., laser, ions, plasma, electrons, and neutrons); multiscale modeling; physics and mechanics of material defects; fusion energy; materials for space propulsion

James S. Gibson, Ph.D. (U. Texas Austin, 1975)

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

Vijay Gupta, Ph.D. (MIT, 1989)

Experimental mechanics, fracture of engineering solids, mechanics of thin film and interfaces, failure mechanisms and characterization of composite materials, ice mechanics

Dennis W. Hong, Ph.D. (Purdue, 2002)

Analysis and visualization of contact force solution space for multilimbed mobile robots

Tetsuya Iwasaki, Ph.D. (Purdue, 1993)

Dynamical systems, robust and optimal controls, nonlinear oscillators, resonance entrainment, modeling and analysis of neuronal control circuits for animal locomotion, central pattern generators, body-fluid interaction during undulatory and oscillatory swimming

Y. Sungtaek Ju, Ph.D. (Stanford, 1999)

Heat and mass transfer, energy, energy-water nexus, MEMS and nanotechnology

Ann R. Karagozian, Ph.D. (Caltech, 1982)

Fluid mechanics and combustion with applications to air breathing, rocket propulsion, and energy-generation systems, focusing on control of instabilities improved efficiency, and reduced emissions

H. Pirouz Kavehpour, Ph.D. (MIT, 2003)

Microscale fluid mechanics, transport phenomena in biological systems, biofluids, coating flows and physics of contact line phenomena, complex fluids, non-isothermal flows, energy systems and energy storage

Chang-Jin (CJ) Kim, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, 1991)

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), micro/nano devices and fabrication technologies, microfluidics especially involving surface tension and droplets

J. John Kim, Ph.D. (Stanford, 1978)

Numerical simulation of turbulent and transitional flows, physics and control of turbulent flows, application of modern control theories to flow control

Adrienne Lavine, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, 1984)

Heat transfer: thermomechanical behavior of shape memory alloys, thermal aspects of manufacturing processes, natural and mixed convection

Xiaochun Li, Ph.D. (Stanford, 2001)

Embedded sensors in layered manufacturing

Kuo-Nan Liou, Ph.D. (New York U., 1970)

Radiative transfer and satellite remote sensing with application to clouds and aerosols in the earth’s atmosphere

Ajit K. Mal, Ph.D. (Calcutta U., India, 1964)

Mechanics of solids, composite materials, wave propagation, nondestructive evaluation, structural health monitoring

Robert T. M’Closkey, Ph.D. (Caltech, 1995)

Nonlinear control theory and design with application to mechanical and aerospace systems, real-time implementation

Ali Mosleh, Ph.D., NAE (UCLA, 1981)

Reliability engineering, physics of failure modeling and system life prediction, resilient systems design, prognostics and health monitoring, hybrid systems simulation, theories and techniques for risk and safety analysis

Jayathi Y. Murthy, Ph.D. (U. Minnesota, 1984)

Nanoscale heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics, simulation of fluid flow and heat transfer for industrial applications, submicron thermal transport, multiscale multiphysics simulations and uncertainty quantifications

Laurent G. Pilon, Ph.D. (Purdue, 2002)

Interfacial and transport phenomena, radiation transfer, materials synthesis, multiphase flow, heterogeneous media

Jacob Rosen, Ph.D. (Tel Aviv U., Israel, 1997)

Natural integration of a human arm/powered exoskeleton system

Jason L. Speyer, Ph.D. (Harvard, 1968)

Stochastic and deterministic optimal control and estimation with application to aerospace systems; guidance, flight control, and flight mechanics

Tsu-Chin Tsao, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, 1988)

Mechatronics and control with applications in mechanical systems, manufacturing, vehicles, medical robots, and energy

Xiaolin Zhong, Ph.D. (Stanford, 1991)

Computational fluid dynamics, advanced high-order CFD methods, hypersonic flow, numerical simulation of transient hypersonic flow with nonequilibrium real-gas effects, instability and laminar-turbulent transition of hypersonic boundary layers

Professors Emeriti

Oddvar O. Bendiksen, Ph.D. (UCLA, 1980)

Classical and computational aeroelasticity, structural dynamics and unsteady aerodynamics

Ivan Catton, Ph.D. (UCLA, 1966)

Heat transfer and fluid mechanics, transport phenomena in porous media, nucleonics heat transfer and thermal hydraulics, natural and forced convection, thermal/hydrodynamic stability, turbulence

Peretz P. Friedmann, Sc.D. (MIT, 1972)

Aeroelasticity of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, structural dynamics of rotating systems, rotor dynamics, unsteady aerodynamics, active control of structural dynamics, structural optimization with aeroelastic constraints

Chih-Ming Ho, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins, 1974)

Molecular fluidic phenomena, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), bionano technologies, biomolecular sensor arrays, control of cellular complex systems, rapid search of combinatorial medicine

Robert E. Kelly, Sc.D. (MIT, 1964)

Thermal convection, thermocapillary convection, stability of shear flows, stratified and rotating flows, interfacial phenomena, microgravity fluid dynamics

Anthony F. Mills, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, 1965)

Convective heat and mass transfer, condensation heat transfer, turbulent flows, ablation and transpiration cooling, perforated plate heat exchangers

D. Lewis Mingori, Ph.D. (Stanford, 1966)

Dynamics and control, stability theory, nonlinear methods, applications to space and ground vehicles

Peter A. Monkewitz, Ph.D. (ETH Z�rich, Switzerland, 1977)

Fluid mechanics, internal acoustics and noise produced by turbulent jets

Philip F. O’Brien, M.S. (UCLA, 1949)

Industrial engineering, environmental design, thermal and luminous engineering systems

Lucien A. Schmit, Jr., M.S. (MIT, 1950)

Structural mechanics, optimization, automated design methods for structural systems and components, application of finite element analysis techniques and mathematical programming algorithms in structural design, analysis and synthesis methods for fiber composite structural components

Owen I. Smith, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, 1977)

Combustion and combustion-generated air pollutants, hydrodynamics and chemical kinetics of combustion systems, semiconductor chemical vapor deposition

Richard Stern, Ph.D. (UCLA, 1964)

Experimentation in noise control, physical acoustics, engineering acoustics, medical acoustics

Russell A. Westmann, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, 1962)

Mechanics of solid bodies, fracture mechanics, adhesive mechanics, composite materials, theoretical soil mechanics, mixed boundary value problems

Daniel C.H. Yang, Ph.D. (Rutgers, 1982)

Robotics and mechanisms; CAD/CAM systems, computer-controlled machines

Associate Professors

Robert N. Candler, Ph.D. (Stanford, 2006)

MEMS and nanoscale devices, fundamental limitations of sensors, packaging, biological and chemical sensing

Elisa Franco, Ph.D. (U. Trieste, Italy, 2007; Caltech, 2011)

Convergence of structural biology, dynamics, and controls using specialized biomolecular frameworks

Jaime Marian, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, 2002)

Computational materials modeling and simulation in solid mechanics, irradiation damage, plasticity, phase transformations, thermodynamics and kinetics of alloy systems, algorithm and method development for bridging time and length scales and parallel computing applications

Veronica J. Santos, Ph.D. (Cornell, 2007)

Grasp and manipulation, hand biomechanics, haptics, human-machine systems, machine learning, machine perception, neural control of movement, prosthetics, robotics, stochastic modeling, tactile sensor

Kunihiko (Sam) Taira, Ph.D. (Caltech, 2008)

Development of computation fluid dynamics that incorporate unsteady aerodynamics, flow control, and network theory

Richard E. Wirz, Ph.D. (Caltech, 2005)

Electric propulsion (ion, Hall, electrosprays, cathodes); microelectric propulsion; partially ionized plasma discharges; miniature plasma devices; spacecraft/space mission design; wind energy; solar thermal energy; thermal energy storage

Assistant Professors

Artur Davoyan, Ph.D. (Australian National U., 2011)

Devising and development of new approaches for space propulsion and power using unique nanomaterials

Jonathan B. Hopkins, Ph.D. (MIT, 2010)

Design and manufacturing of microstructural architectures, flexure systems, and compliant mechanisms; screw theory kinematics; precision machine design; novel micro- and nano-fabrication processes; MEMS

Yongjie Hu, Ph.D. (Harvard, 2011)

Heat transfer and electron transport in nanostructures; interfaces and packaging; thermal, electronic, optoelectronic, and thermoelectric devices and systems; energy conversion, storage, and thermal management; ultrafast optical spectroscopy and high-frequency electronics; nanomaterials design, processing, and manufacturing

M. Khalid Jawed, Ph.D. (MIT, 2016)

Data-driven approach to modeling the mechanics of structures and fluid-structure interaction using robotics, automation, computation, and machine learning

Lihua Jin, Ph.D. (Harvard, 2014)

Mechanics of soft materials; continuum mechanics and applications in technologies: additive manufacturing, soft robotics and stretchable electronics, nanomechanics, and multiscale modeling

Raymond M. Spearrin, Ph.D. (Stanford, 2015)

Sepctroscopy and gas dynamics, advanced optical sensors including laser absorption and fluorescence with experimental application to propulsion, energy systems and other reacting flow fields


Ravnesh C. Amar, Ph.D. (UCLA, 1974)

Heat transfer and thermal science

Amiya K. Chatterjee, Ph.D. (UCLA, 1976)

Elastic wave propagation and penetration dynamics

Robert J. Kinsey, Ph.D. (UCLA, 1991)

Modeling, simulation, and analysis of spacecraft dynamics and pointing control systems; nonlinear dynamics of spinning bodies; concurrent engineering methods for space mission conceptual design

Damian M. Toohey, M.S. (MIT, 2004)

Guidance, navigation, and control for autonomous aircraft, launch vehicles, and missile systems, adaptive control techniques, automatic control reallocation for aircraft and re-entry vehicles

Adjunct Professors

Dan M. Goebel, Ph.D. (UCLA, 1981)

Hollow cathode, magnetic-multiple ion sources for neutral beam injection

Leslie M. Lackman, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, 1967)

Structural analysis and design, composite structures, engineering management

Christopher S. Lynch, Ph.D. (UC Santa Barbara, 1992)

Field coupled materials, constitutive behavior, thermoelectromechanical properties, sensor and actuator applications, fracture mechanics and failure analysis

Wilbur J. Marner, Ph.D. (U. South Carolina, 1969)

Thermal sciences, system design

Neil G. Siegel, Ph.D. (USC, 2011)

Organizing complex projects around critical skills and mitigation of risks arising from system dynamic behavior

Adjunct Associate Professor

Abdon E. Sepulveda, Ph.D. (UCLA, 1990)

Optimal placement of actuators and sensors in control augmented structural optimization