Mechanical Engineering, Faculty
Steven Beyerlein, Ph.D.
Engineering Physics 324I
Courses: Computer Aided Engineering, Mechanical System Design I & II, Advanced CAD, Lean Manufacturing, Combustion Engine Systems
Areas of Expertise: Teaching Design, Assessment of Project Learning, Engine Modeling, Engine Testing
Ralph Budwig, Ph.D., P.E.
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 Faculty Assistant 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
Kamal Kumar, Ph.D.
Courses: Experimental Methods for Engineers, Heat Transfer
Areas of Expertise: Alternative Hydrocarbon Fuels, Bio-fuels, CFD, Conventional Hydrocarbon Fuels, Hydrocarbon Fuels, Molecular Modeling, Renewable Energy, Smart Grids
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 robotics and exoskeleton design; Rehabilitation and surgical robotics; Assistive and enabling technologies for motor disability; Neurorehabilitation and motor recovery; Technology-assisted Impairment Assessment and Training; Telerehabilitation and Rural Patient Care
Gabriel Potirniche, P.E., Ph.D.
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
Behnaz Rezaie, Ph.D., P.E.
Engineering Physics 324E
Courses: Thermal Energy Systems Design and Analysis, Sustainability and Green Design
Areas of Expertise: Clean Energy and Renewable Energy Technologies, District Heating & Cooling and Energy management in Buildings, Thermal Energy Storage (TES) and Multiple TES, Energy, Exergy, and Environmental Impact Assessment, Modeling and Simulation of Integrated Energy Systems, Sustainability and Green Design
Daniel Robertson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Grand Challenge Scholars Program Director
Matthew Swenson, Ph.D., P.E.
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
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 324F
Courses: Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Turbomachinery, Fluid Dynamics, Mechanical Systems Design I/II, Thermal Energy System Design, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mechanical Engineering Analysis
Areas of Expertise: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Onshore and Offshore Wind Turbines, Vehicle Aerodynamics, Verification & Validation, Pulmonary Ventilation, Desalination Technology, Ship Hydrodynamics