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Graduate Program

Virtual Open House

The Department of Mechanical Engineering includes approximately 20 faculty members, 45 full-time graduate students, and 215 undergraduate students. Research is conducted in five overlapping areas:

Mechanical engineering faculty members have strong research ties with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound, and various departments within the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Faculty Research Areas – Virtual Open House

Niaz Abdolrahim

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Niaz Abdolrahim: Multiscale Modeling and Simulations of Nanoscale Materials

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Other Interests: Multiscale Modeling of Materials; Nanoporous Materials; Nanowires; Thin Films; Atomistic Simulation

Hussein Aluie

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Staff Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

Professor Hussein Aluie – Laboratory for Laser Energetics: Complex and Turbulent Flows in Fusion, Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Engineering

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Other Interests: Turbulence; Geophysical Fluid Dynamics; Compressible Flows; Magnetohydrodynamics; Hydrodynamic Instabilities

Paul D. Funkenbusch

Associate Dean, Education, and New Initiatives
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Materials Science

Professor Paul D. Funkenbusch: Biomaterials and Biomechanics

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Other Interests: Microstructure, properties, and processing of materials; Variability in materials and processing especially as related to biomaterials and mechanics; Experimental design/robust design

Douglas H. Kelley

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Douglas H. Kelley – Mixing Lab: Fluid Dynamics of Brain Cerebrospinal Fluid and Liquid Metal Technologies

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Other Interests: Fluid dynamics of the brain’s waste removal system; Mixing in the inner ear; Liquid metal batteries and grid-scale energy storage; Mixing in metals casting; Coherent structures in reactive mixing

John C. Lambropoulos

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Materials Science
Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)
Materials Science Graduate Recruiting Committee

Professor John C. Lambropoulos: Optical Manufacturing and Optomechanics

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Other Interests: Micromechanics; Mechanics & Materials Issues in Optics Manufacturing; Defect Generation During Crystal Growth

Jong-Hoon Nam

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jong-Hoon Nam – Nam Lab: Capturing the Moment of the Inner Ear Mechanotransduction

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Other Interests: Biophysics of inner ear sensory cells; Cell and tissue mechanics

Andrea Pickel

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Andrea Pickel – Pickel Group: Nanoscale Thermal Transport

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Other Interests: Nanoscale heat transfer; luminescence nanothermometry; single-nanoparticle imaging and spectroscopy; high-temperature thermal metrology; electrothermal measurements

Chuang Ren

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Department of Physics
Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

Professor Chuang Ren: Group of Plasma Simulation (GPS)

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Other Interests: High energy density physics (HEDP); Plasma astrophysics; High-performance computing

Jessica Shang

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Jessica Shang – Hydrodynamics Lab

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Other Interests: Experimental fluid mechanics; biological fluid systems; fluid-structure interactions; vortex dynamics; HED hydrodynamics and transport