Jul 03, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Department of Mechanical Engineering


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Faculty

Dr. Ashutosh Agrawal

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Biophysics, Mechanics of Surfaces and Interfaces

Dr. Daniel Araya

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Vortex dynamics, free-shear flows, flow visualization techniques, hydrodynamic stability, flow control, urban aerodynamics, energy storage, biological flows, space exploration

Dr. Haleh Ardebili

Bill D. Cook Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Lithium Ion Batteries, Polymer Nanocomposite Electrolytes, Lithium Ion Conduction, Materials for Energy Storage, Electronics Materials

Dr. Richard B. Bannerot

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Thermal sciences and engineering education

Dr. Theocharis Baxevanis

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Deformation and failure response of inelastic materials - Continuum thermodynamics; Fracture mechanics; Computational micromechanics; Localization and bifurcation

Dr. Christiana Chang

Instructional Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Xuemei Chen

Instructional Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Yi-Chao Chen

Professor and Graduate Director of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Solid Mechanics

Dr. Matthew A. Franchek

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control-Linear and nonlinear system identification, information synthesis, multivariable control theory, nonlinear control theory, controller design, diagnostics/prognostics, and targeted adaptive control

Dr. Hadi Ghasemi

Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Thermodynamics, Heat transfer and Nanotechnology

Dr. Karolos Grigoriadis

John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Director of Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests: Dynamic Systems and Controls-Feedback control systems analysis and design, linear and nonlinear systems theory, robust and fault-tolerant control, model reduction, filtering

Dr. Farah Hammami Ep Kammoun

Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Nanostructured materials, atomistic simulations, computational mechanics

Dr. Phaneendra Kondapi
Instructional Professor, Director of the Subsea Engineering program and Director of Engineering Programs at Katy Campus
Research Interests: Flow assurance, subsea processing, process simulation

Dr. Yashashree Kulkarni

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Computational mechanics and materials science

Dr. Dong Liu

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Microscale Thermal Transport Phenomena

Dr. Holley Love

Research Interests: Mechanical Circulatory Support, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer in Biomedical Applications, Bioreactors, and Numerical Modelling

Dr. Philippe Masson

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Power applications of superconductivity, electromechanical systems, numerical modeling, multi-physics simulations

Dr. Anastassios Mavrokefalos

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Heat Transfer, Thermal Management, Micro/nanoscale Energy Transport, Solid State Energy Conversion

Dr. Ralph Metcalfe

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Fluid Mechanics

Dr. Andrea Prosperetti

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Multiphase flow, scientific computing, fluid dynamics, applied mathematics, bubble dynamics

Dr. Jagannatha Rao

Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Mathematical Optimization Theory and Algorithms-Parametric nonlinear programming, multilevel algorithms, duality in mechanical design models, game theory

Dr. Jae-Hyun Ryou

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Materials Science and Engineering - Semiconductor materials, Photonic/electronic devices, Nanotechnology

Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam

M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Epitaxial thin film growth by PVD and CVD, Single-crystalline films on polycrystalline/amorphous substrates, Solidification and crystal growth, Oxide & nitride materials, Roll-to-roll thin film coatings on flexible substrates, Bulk ceramic processing, Control of nano-scale interfacial and bulk defects, Texture evolution and grain boundary control, Nucleation and growth kinetics in vapor phase and liquid phase growth

Dr. Pradeep Sharma

M.D. Anderson Chair Professor & Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Theoretical and computational materials science, physics of nanostructures and nanomaterials, atomistic simulations, flexoelectricity, nanoscale piezoelectricity

Dr. Gangbing Song

John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Smart materials and Structures-Adaptive control, Robust control, Dynamics, Robotics, Friction Compensation

Dr. Li Sun

Professor and Graduate Admissions Director of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests: Nano-scale Materials Science-Size effects on thermal, electrical and mechanical properties of materials; Nanomagnetics and spin transport in thin films, multilayers, nanowires

Dr. Su Su Wang

Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Professor

Research Interests: Solid Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering-Solid Mechanics, Composite Materials, Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Ken W. White

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Materials Science and Engineering-Ceramic Microstructure development, Mechanical behavior of ceramics and thin films. Electrical-mechanical coupling in ferroelectric thin films.

Dr. Di Yang

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Computational fluid dynamics; large-eddy simulation and direct numerical simulation of turbulent flows; renewable wind, tidal and wave energy; environmental fluid mechanics; ocean optics; high-performance scientific computing

Dr. Cunjiang Yu

Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Flexible/stretchable electronics, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Nano-Micro-Macro Manufacturing, Additive Printing, Biomedical Electronics and Sensors, Micro-Nano Materials and Devices, Solid State Electronics, Energy Harvesting and Storage

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. John Alred

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Benton Baugh

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Fazle Hussain

Adjunct Professor

Dr. William J. Thomas

Adjunct Professor

Research Interests: Metal forming and manufacturing, Drilling geomechanics, Cryogenic containment design

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Hal Brinson

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests: Experimental Mechanics, Mechanical Properties and Characterization of Adhesives, Composites and Polymers, Viscoelasticity, Accelerated Life Prediction Methods

Dr. Charles Dalton

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests: Fluid Mechanics-Computational fluid dynamics applied to flow past bluff bodies.

Dr. Stanley Kleis

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests: Fluid Mechanics-Turbulent shear flows and fluid mechanics, solid-liquid two phase flows, mass transfer in micro gravity, stratified flows

Dr. John Lienhard

M.D. Anderson Professor of Technology and Culture, Emeritus

Research Interests: Cultural History and Public Radio. (Formerly Thermal Sciences, thermodynamics and Boiling.)

Dr. Alan Powell

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests: Acoustics and Aeroacoustics

Dr. Kamel Salama

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests: Materials Science and Metallurgy-Materials Characterization and Processing, Hydrogen Embrittlement, Metal-Matrix Composites, Superconducting Materials

Dr. Nagaraja Shamsundar

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests: Thermal sciences-Design of energy systems, thermodynamic properties

Dr. Lewis T. Wheeler

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests: Continuum Mechanics-Mathematical Elasticity Theory, Lattice Dynamics and Structure

Dr. Larry Witte

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests: Thermal Sciences-Forced and natural convection; boiling heat transfer; sliding bubble heat transfer

Research Faculty

Dr. Akira Miyase

Research Professor

Research Interests: Solid Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering-Solid Mechanics, Composite Materials, Materials Science and Engineering