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Aylin Acun

Assistant Professor

I am interested in understanding the inter-organ communication with relation to age-related systemic diseases. I aim to study organ-organ interactions through developing healthy and diseased 2-D and 3-D tissue models representing young vs. aged, and healthy vs. diseased phenotypes of different organs. My primary interest is to develop heart and liver tissues as these two major organs have many co-pathologies yet the effect of one organ's disease conditions on the other is not well-known.

Vicki L. Brown

My research interests are focused on the characterization and use of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites as a substitute for steel in reinforced concrete construction. My work encompasses both internal reinforcement for new construction and external reinforcement for strengthening and repair of existing structures, contributing to the development of an innovative technique for mechanically-fastening FRP laminates to the tension soffit of concrete beams.

As a fellow of the American Concrete Institute, I was recently appointed chairman of the ACI international committee that is tasked with developing code language for the design of structural concrete reinforced with FRP bars.

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Sushma Chaubey

Adjunct Assistant Professor

I have conducted diverse research studies which have given me understanding of various subjects and vast experience in a number of molecular, biochemical, cell biology, immunological and neurological techniques. I have extensive experience in cell and tissue culture techniques. My research interest is focused on application of stem cells (NSCs/MSCs) in understanding and treating different diseases of brain, lungs and heart. I also have interest in molecular and cell biology of microbes and malaria parasite. During my PhD., I investigated the translational status of a plastid-like organelle - apicoplast, known to be essential for the survival of Plasmodium falciparum.

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LiKang Chin

Graduate Program Director

My interest in biomaterials and tissue engineering was kickstarted during my first job as an engineer for Cook Biotech Inc., a company that manufactures medical devices made of small intestinal submucosa. Since then, I have studied mechanobiology, inflammation, tissue engineering and hyaluronan in tendon, fat, and liver. My current research interests include the mechanical behavior of diseased soft tissues and identifying the contributing cellular and extracellular matrix structures. I have particular interest in adipocytes and adipose tissue, the effects of fatty acids on mechanosensing and inflammation, and the development of cell- or tissue-engineering treatment strategies.

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Babak Eslami

Chair of Mechanical Engineering

My research interests focus on the intersection of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), with a particular emphasis on materials characterization and surface engineering. My work involves exploring the mechanical properties of materials at the nanoscale, enhancing the precision and capabilities of 3D printing technologies, and developing innovative methodologies for improving manufacturing processes.

Abbas Fattah

Abbas Fattah

Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering

My research activities focus on the design and fabrication of mechanical systems, including robotics, mechanisms, machine/human interaction, and rehabilitation machines.


Kamran Fouladi

Associate Dean of School of Engineering

My research interests are focused on the development and application of state-of-the-art thermal-fluid simulation tools for complex configurations and mission-critical facilities. My current interest is in the area of the fluid-structure interactions in micro-scaled air and underwater vehicles. 

Constantine G. Fountzoulas

My research interests include numerical analysis and modeling and simulation dynamic and ballistic behavior of transparent and opaque ceramics; optimizing the properties of existing materials or the production of new materials with the aid of high energy fields (electric, electromagnetic, magnetic, acoustic); characterization of materials using various methods such as optical and electronic microscopy, nanohardness, and tensile testing

  • High Resolution Imaging Radar for Self-Driving Car
  • RF Sensing for Assisted Living and Remote Patient Monitoring
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Recognition
  • Statistical Signal and Array Processing
  • Cognitive Radar
  • Adaptive Beamforming
  • Massive MIMO and Intelligent Reflecting Surfaces (IRSs) for 6G and Beyond
  • Sparse Arrays • Sparse Sampling
  • Target Localization and Tracking
  • Convex Optimization
  • Machine learning
Paul M. Hopkins

My technical expertise is in the application of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) in concrete structures and precast sandwich panels. I'm an expert with nonlinear finite element analysis methods for ductile and brittle materials utilizing such software as ABAQUS. Past and current research is in the fields of static, creep and dynamic (blast) analyses of concrete structures.

Peter Hryniewicz

Peter Hryniewicz

Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering

I am interested in the research and development of bearing systems, seals, and dampers that will lead to energy efficiency and other improvements of turbomachinery. I am especially interested in compliant foil bearings and the applications where they can provide a major technological leap, such as oil-free propulsion, small turbomachinery, and ultra-high-speed micro-turbines for distributed power generation systems. 

Another related area of interest is the development of innovative rotor supports for high-speed kinetic energy storage devices (flywheels).

Mohamad N. Jlilati

Mohamad N. Jlilati

Interim Chair of Construction Management

My research interests include: soil structure interaction; disaster risk analysis and how to reduce the disaster's impact on structures and citizens; developing the road and bridge maintenance methods

Ronald L. Mersky

My research interests include municipal waste engineering and management, environmental assessment, evaluation of public communication, and education of environmental issues.

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-Control systems
-Precision mechatronics
-Atomic force microscopy
-Additive manufacturing
-Smart materials and structures

Mark A. Nicosia

Mark A. Nicosia

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategy

My research is focused on the computational and experimental analysis of physiological systems, particularly the gastrointestinal system. I am currently working on an interinstitutional project developing patient-specific computer models of oropharyngeal swallowing to aid clinicians in developing therapeutic strategies for individuals with swallowing disorders.


My research interests are in the area of mathematical modeling, simulation, optimization, and control of multiscale physico-chemical process systems and in the area of thermodynamic modeling and molecular simulation (Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics and kinetic Monte Carlo) of complex fluids.

My specific research areas include: modeling and simulation of multiscale process systems Detailed process description using conservation laws and stochastic model construction Parameter estimation from microscopic/mesoscopic simulations; model-based control and optimization of multiscale process systems Model reduction, coarse-graining, and predictive control of distributed parameter systems Dynamic optimization over multiple length scales; molecular simulation of complex fluids Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics, and kinetic Monte Carlo methods Development and optimization techniques for parallel codes using domain decomposition.