Areas of research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, by faculty member:
Dr. Sankha Bhowmick
Dr. Bhowmick's primary research interests are in the applications of heat and mass transfer in bioengineering and energy. He has worked in thermal therapy of benign and cancerous tissues, cryo and desiccation preservation of cells and other biologics and in thermal management of infrastructure with a focus on roads and buildings.
Dr. Vijay Chalivendra
Dr. Chalivendra's research expertise is in experimental solid mechanics. His research is focused on damage detection of multi-functional composites, mechanics and fracture of bones and additive manufacturing materials, nano-mechanics of fibers, and high strain rate deformation and fracture of materials using high-speed imaging. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Research Laboratories, the Office of Naval Research, and internal grants.
Dr. Wenzhen Huang
Dr. Huang has been devoting his research efforts in the areas of complex system modeling and quality engineering. By fusion of system modeling, stochastic simulation, and advanced computational statistics, he has been addressing the challenges in: 1) statistical tolerance modeling and simulation in complex manufacturing systems, 2) multiscale fractal surface modeling and contact mechanics in MEMS, 3) quality control in high-dimension multivariate processes, 4) hybrid modeling, adaptive learning, and simulation for quality optimization in additive manufacturing. His research has been funded by national Science Foundation, National Institute of Standard Technology, and internal funds.
Dr. Jun Li
Dr. Li's research interest is to develop theoretical and computational methods combined with experiments for the assessment, design, optimization and manufacturing of novel materials and structures in various applications. In particular, he has been investigating: (1) 3D printing polymer composites, (2) hierarchical materials and lightweight structures, (3) soft materials, flexible and deployable structures, (4) 3D imaging based modeling of bones and biological tissues. He has received the NASA RHG Exceptional Achievement for Engineering award in 2016 and the first place award of "Emerging Researchers in Biomedical Engineering" in 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.
Dr. Mehdi Raessi
Dr. Raessi’s research expertise is multi-phase flow and computational fluid dynamics. Using advanced computational simulations, he has been investigating (1) ocean wave energy conversion, (2) impact of raindrops and ice formation on wind turbine blades, (3) liquid fuel injection in internal combustion engines, and (4) surfactant replacement therapy in lungs. His research has been supported by National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and internal grants.
Dr. Caiwei Shen
Dr. Shen joined the mechanical engineering department in this fall 2018. His research focuses on new materials and technologies for energy-related applications and various sensors. He is currently developing (1) wearable energy-storage textiles, (2) multifunctional structural energy storage devices, and (3) 3D printable multifunctional materials. He is also interested in the synthesis of nanomaterials and the development of biomimetic sensors and actuators.
Dr. Amit Tandon
Dr. Tandon’s research expertise is in the fluid dynamics and heat transfer of the ocean circulation, geophysical fluid dynamics and topics in physical oceanography. He combines fieldwork in the oceans with modeling and analysis. He is the chief scientist for a U.S.-Indian collaborative program called MISOBOB (2018-23). His recent projects are on the Indian Ocean’s role in monsoons, monsoon intra-seasonal oscillations, ocean internal waves and their energy dissipation and flows near oceanic fronts, all of which have important implications for the ecosystem and chemical balances in the ocean. His research is supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.