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Mechanical Engineering, Faculty

David Arcilesi

Assistant Professor

Steven Beyerlein, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Engineering Physics 324I


Campus: Moscow
Courses: FE Review, 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

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Center for Ecohydraulics Research


Campus: Boise
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

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Dan Cordon, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

Gauss-Johnson 234H


Campus: Moscow
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

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John C. Crepeau, Ph.D, P.E.

Professor, Associate Dean for Undergraduates

Janssen 125J


Vibhav Durgesh

Assistant Professor

Engineering Physics 324N


Kamal Kumar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Gauss-Johnson 234I


Campus: Moscow
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

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Michael Maughan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Engineering Physics Building 324H


Campus: Moscow
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
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Michael McKellar

Assistant Research Professor

Gauss-Johnson 234D


Campus: Moscow
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

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Joel Perry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Engineering Physics 324D


Campus: Moscow
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

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Engineering Physics 324Q


Campus: Moscow
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

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Behnaz Rezaie, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

Engineering Physics 324E


Campus: Moscow
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

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Daniel Robertson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Grand Challenge Scholars Program Director

Gauss-Johnson 234 G


Campus: Moscow
Courses: Mechanical Design Analysis, Interdisciplinary Capstone Design
Areas of Expertise: Biomechanics, Agricultural Engineering, Interdisciplinary design

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Engineering Physics 324L


Campus: Moscow
Areas of Expertise: Failure Analysis; Fatigue and Fracture; Products and Liability/Expert Witness Testimony; Materials Properties Measurements and Modeling

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Matthew Swenson, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

Gauss-Johnson 234J


Campus: Moscow
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

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Eric Wolbrecht, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor

Engineering Physics 324P


Campus: Moscow
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

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Tao Xing, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor

Engineering Physics 324F


Campus: Moscow
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
Areas of Expertise: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Onshore and Offshore Wind Turbines, Vehicle Aerodynamics, Verification & Validation, Pulmonary Ventilation, Desalination Technology, Ship Hydrodynamics

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Contact Us

Engineering Physics Building Rm. 324K

Mailing Address:

Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0902
Moscow, ID 83844-0902

Phone: 208-885-6579

Fax: 208-885-9031