Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Systems and Design

Research in this broad disciplinary area involves the development of methodologies to address issues ranging from defining the size and shape of components needed for force and motion specifications, to characterizing performance in terms of design parameters, cost and complexity. Applications include microdevices; biomechanics; air pollution; manufacturing; and automotive and aerospace systems. Areas of specific interest include:

  • Design and control of MEMS
  • Machine Information Systems Integration 
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Robotics including Microrobotics
  • Biomechanics
  • Carbon and Magnetic MEMS
  • CD-based Fluidics
  • Rehabilitation, Prosthetics and Exoskeletons 
  • Kinematics of Spatial Motion
  • Design of Mechanical Systems
  • Modeling of Global Air Pollution
  • Aerospace Systems

 

Participating Faculty
 

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

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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Mircea Gradu

Mircea Gradu, Ph.D.

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

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, and drug delivery.
Email: lkulinsk@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

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. 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
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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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Design Resources

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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Jacqueline Thomas

Jacqueline Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Design of aircraft systems and operations, aviation environmental impacts, aeroacoustics.
Email: thomasj1@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