Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Faculty

Roger Rangel

Roger Rangel, Ph.D.

Department Chair and 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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Ramin Bostanabad

Ramin Bostanabad, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Design under uncertainty, probabilistic machine learning, materials informatics, computational microstructure characterization, topology optimization
Email: raminb@uci.edu
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Jacob Brouwer, Ph.D.

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

Natascha Buswell

Natascha Buswell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Teaching in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Graduate engineering education, faculty development, engineering teaching, engineering education research methods
Email: nbuswell@uci.edu

Penghui Cao

Penghui Cao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering
Research Interests: Fundamental understanding of the mechanisms by which materials plasticly deform and fail, particularly in extreme environments
Email: caoph@uci.edu
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David Copp

David Copp, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Teaching in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Optimal control and estimation, hybrid dynamical systems, energy storage, pedagogy
Email: dcopp@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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Manuel Gamero-Castaño

Manuel Gamero-Castaño, Ph.D.

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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Mircea Gradu

Mircea Gradu, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests:
Email: mgradu@uci.edu

Tryphon Georgiou

Tryphon Georgiou, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Dynamical systems and control, mathematical physics, applied mathematics, stochastic control, geometry of optimal mass transport, inverse problems in physics and signal analysis, control of fluids, networks and thermodynamic systems
Email: tryphon@uci.edu
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Edwin Peraza Hernandez

Edwin Peraza Hernandez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Morphing structures, deployable structures, origami, tensegrity, active materials, structural optimization
Email: eperazah@uci.edu
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Jacqueline Thomas

Jacqueline Huynh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Design of aircraft systems and operations, aviation environmental impacts, aeroacoustics
Email: huynhlj@uci.edu

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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Perry Johnson

Perry Johnson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Turbulent flows, particle-laden and multiphase flows, turbulent boundary layers, large-eddy simulations, scientific computing
Email: perry.johnson@uci.edu
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Zak Kassas

Zak Kassas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Research Interests: Cyber-physical systems (CPS), Autonomous vehicles (aerial, ground, underwater), satellite-based navigation, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), cognitive and software-defined radio (SDR), sensor fusion
Email: zkassas@uci.edu
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Solmaz Kia

Solmaz Kia, Ph.D.

Associate 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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Lawrence Kulinsky

Lawrence Kulinsky, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Micro- and nano-manufacturing, hybrid manufacturing, microfluidics, electrokinetic phenomena, BioMEMs, personalized diagnostics, drug delivery
Email: lkulinsk@uci.edu
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Jaeho Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Heat transfer, thermal management, thermoelectrics, phononics, nanomaterials
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.

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research Interests: Miniaturization science (MEMS and NEMS) with emphasis on chemical and biological applications; microfabrication, bioMEMS, nanotechnology, C-MEMS and CD-based fluidics
Email: mmadou@uci.edu
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Michael McCarthy

J. Michael McCarthy, Ph.D.

Director of the Performance Engineering Program and Distinguished 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

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

SungWoo Nam

SungWoo Nam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Materials, mechanics and multifunctionality, understanding mechanically coupled properties in low-dimensional materials, building devices based on advanced materials
Email: sungwoo.nam@uci.edu
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Bihter Padak

Bihter Padak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Associate Director of UCI Combustion Laboratory
Research Interests: Combustion, reaction kinetics, emission control technologies, catalysis
Email: bpadak@uci.edu
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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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David Reinkensmeyer

David Reinkensmeyer, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Anatomy and Neurobiology; Biomedical Engineering; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Research Interests: Robotics, mechatronics, biomedical engineering, rehabilitation, biomechanics, neural control of movement
Email: dreinken@uci.edu
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Nina Robson

Nina Robson, Ph.D.

Associate Adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Kinematics, mechanical systems design, robotics, biomechanics
Email: npatarin@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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Xian Shi

Xian Shi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Starting January 2022)
Research Interests: Energy conversion, propulsion, reacting flows, shock and detonation, chemical kinetics, energy storage, carbon materials, materials synthesis, nanoparticle dynamics, carbon capture and storage
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Athanasios Sideris

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.

Distinguished 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

Haithem Taha, Ph.D.

Associate 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
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Camilo Velez

Camilo Velez Cuervo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Micro/nano robotics, micro/nano device fabrication, microfabrication of magnetic microsystems, magnetic micro/nanostructures, selective magnetization of micro patterns, microsystems (MEMS), biomedical microsystems, semiconductor devices and microfluidics
Email: cvelezcu@uci.edu

Alexandra Voloshina

Alexandra Voloshina, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Wearable robotics, gait rehabilitation, human biomechanics, motor impairment, neural control of movement
Email: avoloshi@uci.edu

Mark Walter

Mark Walter, Ph.D.

Professor of Teaching 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.

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.

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.

Associate 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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