Research within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science is focused in six primary areas - manufacturing and metrology, computational mechanics and materials, motorsports engineering, bioengineering, thermal fluids science, and dynamics and controls. Within these areas, students pursue a variety of research topics that address design, manufacturing, metrology, thermal sciences and fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, biomedical engineering, materials engineering and science, and mechanical control and instrumentation. Students are encouraged to consider the variety of research and their interests as they progress in their degree program, choose an advisor, and develop their program of study.


 Gloria D. Elliott | Ahmed El-Ghannam | Charles Lee | In Hong Yang | Nigel Zheng

Bioengineering research areas include:

  • Orthopedic biomechanics
  • Cryopreservation and anhydrous cell preservation
  • Biocompatibility of new materials
  • Regenerative Neural Engineering
  • Tissue engineering
  • Cryosurgery
  • Microfluidic chips

Computational Mechanics and Materials

Youxing ChenHarish Cherukuri| Robert E. Johnson | Erina Joyee | Russell Keanini | Praveen Ramaprabhu | Ronald Smelser | Alireza Tabarraei | Mesbah Uddin | Qiuming Wei | Terry Xu | Haitao Zhang

Research areas in computational mechanics and materials include:

  • Finite element modeling
  • Multi-scale modeling
  • Large-scale parallel simulations
  • Nanomaterials synthesis and characterization
  • Mechanical testing of nanostructures
  • Ultrafine grain nanocrystalline materials

Manufacturing and Metrology

Matthew Davies | Christopher Evans | Kostantinos FalaggisKevin Lawton | Edward Morse | Brigid Mullany | Steven Patterson | Jeffrey Raquet| Steven SchmidStuart Smith

Research areas in manufacturing and metrology include:

  • Additive and subtractive manufacturing
  • Machining dynamics
  • Dimensional metrology
  • Machine tool metrology
  • Ultra-precision machining
  • Optics manufacturing and metrology
  • Precision machine and instrument design

Motorsports Engineering

Amir Ghasemi| Mesbah Uddin | Jun Xu

Motorsports engineering research areas include:

  • Vehicle dynamics and stability control
  • Racecar modeling/simulation
  • Driver modeling/simulation
  • Aerodynamics
  • Experimental and computational fluid mechanics
  • Crash modeling/simulation
  • Tire mechanics
  • Automotive instrumentation
  • Engine and propulsion

Thermal Sciences and Fluid Mechanics

Gloria Elliott | Russell Keanini | Scott Kelly | Charles Lee | Praveen Ramaprabhu | Nenad Sarunac| Mesbah Uddin

Thermal-fluids research areas include:

  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), including both large-scale computing and turbulence modeling
  • Experimental fluids
  • Bioheat transfer and biopreservation
  • Race car aerodynamics
  • Bio-fluid dynamics
  • Combustion
  • Stochastic flow and thermal processes
  • Applied math and modeling
  • Heat transfer

Dynamics and Controls

Matthew DaviesAmir Ghasemi | Scott Kelly | Artur Wolek

Dynamics and controls research areas include:

  • System dynamics
  • Control systems
  • Machining dynamics
  • Mechatronics
  • Robotics