Mechanical Engineering, Faculty
Gabriel Potirniche, P.E., Ph.D.
Department Chair, Professor
Engineering Physics 324Q
Courses: Mechanics of Materials, Machine Design, Fatigue and Fracture, Finite Element Applications in Engineering, Finite Element Analysis, Graduate Seminar
Areas of Expertise: Multiscale modeling of plasticity and damage behavior in metals; Fatigue and Fracture; Constitutive Modeling for Metallic Alloys; Atomistic Simulations, Crystal Plasticity, Anisotropic Plasticity; Finite Element Method; Solid Mechanics; Stress Analysis
Steven W. Beyerlein, Ph.D.
Ralph Budwig, Ph.D., P.E.
Director of Center for Ecohydraulics Research, Professor
Center for Ecohydraulics Research
Courses: Fluid Mechanics, HVAC Systems, Fluid Dynamics, Experimental Methods in Fluid Dynamics
Areas of Expertise: Experimental/theoretical fluid dynamics and turbulence; Optical, acoustic, and thermal measurements techniques; Experimental methods; Laboratory pedagogy
Dan Cordon, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Courses: Dynamics, Introduction to Mechanical Design, Thermodynamics, Capstone Design
Areas of Expertise: Internal combustion engines, specifically looking at performance and emissions characteristics of various alternative fuels and non-traditional means of ignition
John C. Crepeau, Ph.D, P.E.
Associate Dean, Professor
Courses: Mechanical Engineering Analysis, Gas Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Expertise: Solid-liquid phase change with internal heat generation, high speed aerodynamics, design pedagogy, history of science and technology
Kamal Kumar, Ph.D., P.E.
Michael Maughan, Ph.D.
Engineering Physics Building 324H
Courses: Engineering Mechanics of Materials, Advanced Computer Aided Design, Mechanical Systems Design I/II, Mechanical Engineering Analysis
Areas of Expertise: Micromechanics of Materials, Defect Behavior in Crystalline Materials, Product Design and Development, Additive Manufacturing and Material Property Manipulation
Edwin Odom, Ph.D., P.E.
Courses: Computer Aided Design Methods, Machine Component Design I/II, Intermediate Mechanics of Materials, Advanced Computer Aided Design
Areas of Expertise: Applied Mechanics and Manufacturing; Experimental Stress Analysis; TQM
Joel Perry, Ph.D.
Engineering Physics 324D
Courses: Mechanical Design Analysis, Computer Aided Design Methods, Mechanical Systems Design I/II, Assistive Technology for Physical Impairment
Areas of Expertise: Wearable Exoskeletons; Neurorehabilitation Research; Interdisciplinary Design; Prototype Development
Daniel J. Robertson, Ph.D., P.E.
Grand Challenge Scholars Program Director, Assistant Professor
Gauss-Johnson 234 G
Courses: Mechanical Design Analysis, Engineering Grand Challenges, Compliant Mechanism Design, Crop Biomechanics
Areas of Expertise: Biomechanics, Agricultural Engineering, Interdisciplinary Design, Product Development
Matthew Swenson, Ph.D., P.E.
Interdisciplinary Capstone Design Program Director, Assistant Professor
Courses: Interdisciplinary Capstone Design, Machine Component Design I
Areas of Expertise: Characterize and model radiation effects in metals and alloys, correlating microstructure and mechanical properties, enabling the development and validation of metals and alloys for advanced nuclear reactor applications
Eric Wolbrecht, Ph.D., P.E.
Engineering Physics 324P
Courses: Dynamics; Dynamic Modeling of Engineering Systems; Experimental Methods for Engineers; Lean Manufacturing; Robotics: Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control; Control Systems; Applied State Estimation
Areas of Expertise: Rehabilitation Robotics, Nonlinear and Adaptive Control, Neurorehabilitation, Mechanism Design and Synthesis, Control of Pneumatic Actuators, State Estimation, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
Tao Xing, Ph.D., P.E.
Engineering Physics 324G
Courses: Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, Turbomachinery, Fluid Dynamics, Mechanical Systems Design I/II, Thermal Energy System Design, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mechanical Engineering Analysis, FE Exam Review
Areas of Expertise: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Onshore and Offshore Wind Turbines, Vehicle Aerodynamics, Verification & Validation, Pulmonary Ventilation, Desalination Technology, Ship Hydrodynamics, Biofluids and Biomechanics