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Undergraduate Catalog 2011

Faculty Details for Mechanical Engineering


Muniswamappa (Appa) Anjanappa
B.S., Bangalore University (India), 1973; M.Sc., University of Madras, 1975; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1986
Interests: Mechatronics (controls, sensors and actuators), manufacturing process control, design optimization
Dwayne Arola
B.S., University of Washington, Seattle, 1989; M.S., 1991; Ph.D., 1996
Interests: Manufacturing, advanced engineering materials
Shlomo Carmi
B.S., University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), 1962; M.S., University of Minnesota, 1966; Ph.D., 1968
Interests: Hydrodynamic stability and transition to turbulence, non-Newtonian fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, numerical methods and computer simulations, manufacturing process
Panos Charalambides
B.Sc., University of Thessaloniki (Greece), 1981; M.Sc., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983; Ph.D., 1986
Interests: Fracture mechanics, mechanics of composites, non-linear material behavior, biomechanics, finite elements, computational mechanics, technology transfer
Akhtar S. Khan
B.S., Aligarth University (India), 1961; B.S.E., 1965; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1972
Interests: Dynamic plasticity, constitutive modeling of finite plastic behavior, fracture mechanics, rock mechanics, experimental mechanics
Uri Tasch
B.Sc., M.E., Technion (Israel), 1976; M.E., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1978; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983
Interests: Automatic controls, robotics, manufacturing, grasping mechanics
Tim Topoleski
B.S., Cornell University, 1981; M.S., 1984; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1990
Interests: Biomaterials and biomechanics, fracture and fatigue of natural and biological materials
Weidong Zhu
B.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), 1986; M.S., Arizona State University, 1988; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1994
Interests: Vibrations and dynamics

Associate Professors

Charles Eggleton
B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1986; M.S., Stanford University, 1989; Ph.D., 1994
Interests: Biomechanics, computational fluid mechanics
Tony Farquhar
B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1977; M.S., Cornell University, 1988; Ph.D., 1991
Interests: Mechanics of living structures, mechanical design
Ronghui Ma
B.S., Zhejiang University (China), 1991; M.S., Southeast University (China), 1994; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2003
Interests: Computational heat transfer and fluid dynamic with specific empasis on novel materials processing and MEMS devices
Liang Zhu
B.S., University of Science and Technology (China), 1988; M.Phil., The City University of New York, 1995; Ph.D., 1995
Interests: Biomechanics and heat transfer
Marc Zupan
B.Eng., The University of Dayton, 1995; M.S., The Johns Hopkins University, 1997, Ph.D., 2001
Interests: Micro-mechanics of materials and structures

Assistant Professors

Anne Spence
B.S., University of Missouri, 1985; M.S., The University of Texas Arlington, 1988; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1994
Interests: Engineering education, helicopter stability and control
Hai-jun Su
B.S., Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (China), 1995; M.S., 1998; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2004
Interests: Computational kinematics, mechanism synthesis and design, robotics and virtual reality applications, computer-aided design and simulation

Associate Professor Emeritus

Christian von Kerczek
B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1963; M.S., 1965; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1973
Interests: Theoretical and computational fluid mechanics, internal combustion engines

Interim Chair

Brian Reed
B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1984; M.S., 1986; Ph.D., 1990


Teshome Edae Jiru
B.S., Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), 1995; M.S., Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), 2001; Ph.D., Concordia University (Canada), 2006
Interests: Energy, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, computational fluid dynamics
Wa-Muzemba Anselm Tshibangu
B.Eng., University of Kinshasa (D.R.Congo), 1986; M.Eng.,University of Johannesburg (Ex. Rand Afrikaans University), Johannesburg, South Africa, 1998; D.Eng., Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, 2003
Interests: Robust design, discrete simulation modeling, optimization of manufacturing systems, manufacturing processes, robotics, automation and process control, quality and statistical process control, lean manufacturing, six sigma