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Current research efforts within Mechanical Engineering are in the areas of:

  • Automotive & Future Transportation
    Internal combustion engines; Combustion research; Hybrid vehicles; Batteries and energy storage; Energy storage; Biofuels; Friction; Brake systems; Vehicle dynamics; Fracture and fatigue; Integrated vehicle systems modeling; Adhesives and fracture; Driver-vehicle interaction; Multi-vehicle dynamics; Autonomous vehicles
  • Biomechanics & Biosystems Engineering
    Bio-imaging and neural networks; Biosensors; Mechanics of muscles, tendons, skin; Sports injury prevention; Robotic aids for human disabilities; Cell mechanics and mechanotransduction; Cell adhesion and mechanics; Human-machine interfaces; Structural acoustics; Cochlear mechanics; Therapeutic ultrasound; Protein motors; Coiling of DNA; Dynamics of biological networks
  • Controls
    Robotics; Rehabilitation; Haptic devices; Biomechanics of motion; Prosthetic device development; MEMS and micro-mechantronic systems; Powertrain control systems and architectures; Fuel cell power and hydrogen forming; Logic control, Networked control systems; Manufacturing automation; Vehicle dynamics and controls; Time-delay systems
  • Design
    Micro and nano precision systems; Smart structures and materials; Nanoscale systems; Compliant mechanisms; Multidisciplinary design optimization; Assembly, disassembly and supply chains; Medical device design; Global health design; Sustainable design of products, processes, and policies
  • Dynamics and Vibrations
    Time reversed acoustic processing; Structural health monitoring; Nonlinear dynamics and vibration; Structural acoustics; Cochlear mechanics, Electroacoustic transducers; Phononic material design; Topology optimization for vibration; Dynamics of cables; Dynamics/mechanics of DNA molecules; Wave propagation in anisotropic materials; Adaptive material-based systems; Vehicular traffic dynamics; Dynamics of biological networks, time-delay systems
  • Energy
    IC engines and engine systems design; Combustion; Pollutant formation; Simulation of vehicle systems; Computational methods for reacting flows; Microscale power generators; Self-assembled nanostructures for energy applications; Nanostructured energy conversion devices; Concentrated solar power system; Laser techniques for combustion diagnostics; Materials and systems for energy storage
  • Fluids
    Turbulence physics; Nanoscale biofludics; Multiphase flows; Electrical and radiation based tomography; Fluid structure interaction; Free-surface flows; Computational fluid dynamics; Spectral method development; Internal engine combustion
  • Manufacturing
    Nanotube structures and devices; Mass customization and systems; Laser welding and joining (fabrication and modeling); Reconfigurable manufacturing; Laser micromachining; Precision manufacturing; Biomedical devices; Metal ultra high speed cutting; Global health design; Affordable medical device design; Sustainable machining processes and systems design
  • Mechanics & Materials
    Contact mechanics; Thermoelasticity; Elasticity theory; Active materials and composites, Fracture and failure mechanisms; Computational mechanics; Computational mechanics and dynamics; Structural design optimization; Modeling and simulation of nanostructures; Fracture and fatigue of engineering materials; Design of batteries
  • Mechatronics & Robotics
    Nanomanipulation and nano manufacturing; Robotics; Smart materials and structures; Structural health monitoring; Haptic interface and robotics; Production and application of nanostructured materials; Kinematics and synthesis of mechanisms; Human-robot interactions; Networked multi-agent systems
  • Micro/Nano Engineering
    BioMEMS; Optical MEMS; Polymer MEMS; Micro/nanofluidics; Lab-on-chip Systems; Point-Care Microsystems; Ultra-sensitive single molecule biosensors; Micro-machining; Nanostructured materials; Thermal device engineering; Biophotonics; Bionanotechnology; Cellular and molecular biomechanics; Optimal and robust control; Atomic scale simulation of materials
  • Multi-scale Computation and Computational Mechanics
    Simulation of turbulence; Structural health monitoring and biodynamics; Biomechanics and electroacoustics; Phononic material design and computational mechanics; Combustion and reacting flows; Computational fluid dynamics; Optimization and homogenization methods; DNA mechanics and dynamics
  • Thermal Sciences
    Internal combustion; Experimental investigation of heat rejection; Fire suppression; Metal hydride heat pumps and hydrogen storage; Hybrid propulsion; Computational methods for reacting flows; Heat transfer physics; Molecular dynamics; Photovoltaic energy conversion; Molecular spectroscopy; Reburn and co-firing technologies; Pollution mitagation