Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Faculty

Ken Mease

Ken Mease, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Nonlinear dynamics and control; flight guidance and control.
Email: kmease@uci.edu
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Jim Bobrow

James Bobrow, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Robotics, mechatronics, and design optimization.
Email: jebobrow@uci.edu
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Jacob Brouwer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Fuel cells, energy systems dynamics, electrochemical systems design and analysis, chemical kinetics, reacting flows.
Email: jbrouwer@uci.edu

Donald Dabdub

Donald Dabdub, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Mathematical modeling of urban and global air pollution, dynamics of atmospheric aerosols, secondary organic aerosols, impact of energy generation on air quality, chemical reactions at gas-liquid interfaces.
Email: ddabdub@uci.edu
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Derek Dunn-Rankin

Derek Dunn-Rankin, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Environmental Health Sciences
Research Interests: Combustion, optical particle sizing, particle aerodynamics, laser diagnostics and spectroscopy.
Email: ddunnran@uci.edu
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Said Elgobashi

Said Elghobashi, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Direct numerical simulation of turbulent chemically reacting and dispersed two-phase flows.
Email: selghoba@uci.edu
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Manuel Gamero-Castaño

Manuel Gamero-Castaño, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Electric propulsion, with emphasis on colloid thruster technology for precision formation flying missions and Hall thrusters. Electrohydrodynamic atomization of liquids and related problems like electrospray ionization and technological applications of electrosprays. Aerosol diagnostics.
Email: mgameroc@uci.edu
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Tryphon Georgiou

Tryphon Georgiou, Ph.D.

UCI Chancellor's Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Dynamical systems and control, mathematical physics, applied mathematics. Current interests focus on stochastic control, geometry of optimal mass transport, inverse problems in physics and signal analysis, and topics related to the control of fluids, networks and thermodynamic systems.
Email: tryphon@uci.edu
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Faryar Jabbari

Faryar Jabbari, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Research Interests: Optimal control theory, distributed parameter systems, parameter identification.
Email: fjabbari@uci.edu
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Solmaz Kia

Solmaz Kia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Systems and control; decentralized/distributed algorithm design for multi-agent systems; cooperative robotics.
Email: solmaz@uci.edu
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John LaRue

John LaRue, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Fluid mechanics, heat transfer, turbulence.
Email: jclarue@uci.edu
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Jaeho Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Nanoscale heat transfer and materials engineering, targeting impact on semiconductor devices and energy conversion systems via metrology development.
Email: jaeholee@uci.edu
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Robert Liebeck

Robert Liebeck, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, and aircraft design.
Email: rliebeck@uci.edu

Feng Liu

Feng Liu, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Computational fluid dynamics, turbomachinery, propulsion.
Email: fliu@uci.edu
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Marc Madou

Marc Madou, Ph.D.

UCI Chancellor's Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Miniaturization science (MEMS and NEMS) with emphasis on chemical and biological applications. Current projects include polymer actuators (for drug delivery), C-MEMS and CD based fluidics. Besides miniaturization techniques and materials choices, scaling laws are considered.
Email: mmadou@uci.edu

J. Michael McCarthy, Ph.D.

Director of the Performance Engineering Program and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Design of mechanical systems, computer aided design, kinematic theory of spatial motion.
Email: jmmccart@uci.edu
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Vince McDonell

Vince McDonell, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Combustion, alternative fuels, gas turbines, sprays, diagnostics, combined heat and power, emissions, autoignition/flashback
Email: vgmcdone@uci.edu
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Lawrence Muzio, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Thermodynamics, combustion and combustion in practical systems, air pollution formation and control, advanced diagnostics applied to practical combustion systems.

Dimitri Papamoschou

Dimitri Papamoschou, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Compressible turbulence, jet and fan aeroacoustics, jet noise reduction, mixing enhancement, microphone phased array methods.
Email: dpapamos@uci.edu
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Roger Rangel

Roger Rangel, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Heat transfer, fluid mechanics, spray combustion, two-phase flows, fluid instability and atomization.
Email: rhrangel@uci.edu
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David Reinkensmeyer

David Reinkensmeyer, Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology; Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Research Interests: Biomedical engineering, robotics.
Email: dreinken@uci.edu
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Tim Rupert

Tim Rupert, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Mechanical behavior, nanomaterials, structure-property relationships, microstructural stability, grain boundaries and interfaces, materials characterization.
Email: trupert@uci.edu
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G. Scott Samuelsen, Ph.D.

Director of Advanced Power and Energy Program, Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Combustion, sprays, laser diagnostics, air quality, turbulent transport, alternative fuels, modeling reacting flows, practical systems, energy and environmental conflict.
Email: gss@uci.edu
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Andrei Shkel

Andrei Shkel, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: Design and advanced control of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS); High-precision micro-machined gyroscopes; MEMS-enhanced optical systems, tools, and prosthetic appliances; Electro-mechanical and machine-information systems integration.
Email: ashkel@uci.edu
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Athanasios Sideris, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Control systems, neural networks.
Email: asideris@uci.edu
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William Sirignano

William Sirignano, Ph.D.

Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Combustion theory, multiphase flows, turbulent reacting flows, computational methods. Rocket and jet propulsion, gas turbine and internal combustion engines.
Email: sirignan@uci.edu
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Haithem Taha, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Geometric nonlinear nontrol theory; unsteady aerodynamics and aeroelasticity; optimization, calculus of variations and optimal control; flight dynamics and autopilot design; airplane performance and configuration aerodynamics.
Email: hetaha@uci.edu

Lorenzo Valdevit

Lorenzo Valdevit, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Multifunctional optimization of thermo-mechanical structures, Micro-architected materials, Multi-scale mechanics, Development of MEMS sensors and actuators for mechanical characterization of small-scale materials, structures and biological systems.
Email: valdevit@uci.edu
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Mark Walter

Mark Walter, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Mechanics of multifunctional materials, building energy efficiency.
Email: m.walter@uci.edu

Yun Wang

Yun Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Fuel cells, computational modeling, thermo-fluidics, two-phase flows, electrochemistry, CFD, turbulent combustion.
Email: yunw@uci.edu
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Gregory Washington

Gregory Washington, Ph.D.

Dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Dynamic systems with emphasis on modeling and control of smart material systems and devices.
Email: gregory.washington@uci.edu
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Yoonjin Won

Yoonjin Won, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Multi-scale structures for thermal and energy applications, in particular fabrication, characterization, and integration of structured materials.
Email: won@uci.edu
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