Current research activities consist of experimental, theoretical, and computational programs dealing with fundamental as well as industry oriented research topics. The main focus areas of our research are: Manufacturing, Mechanics and Design, Thermal and Fluid Sciences, and Biomechanics. The list below is not a comprehensive list of all research going on in the department. For more detail, please view the research summaries of each individual faculty member.

Applicants to the graduate program are requested to select 3 choices from the list below as this will expedite and assist with the application review process.


(Bone, Elbestawi, Jain, Koshy, McDermid, Ng, Selvaganapathy, Shankar, Veldhuis, Wu)

  • Casting
  • Computer aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • Electrical Discharge Machining
  • Grinding
  • Machine tools
  • Machining of advanced materials
  • Machining processes and systems
  • Materials processing and systems
  • Manufacturing automation
  • Manufacturing processes and systems
  • Metal forming, cutting and removal
  • Metallic and non-metallic coatings for advanced steels
  • Metallurgy
  • Microscopy
  • Plasticity and formability
  • Process Modelling & Simulation
  • Steel research
  • Ultra precision machining

Mechanics and Design

(Emadi, Habibi, Jain, Nye, Sklad, Spence, Wohl, Wu, Yan, Ziada)

  • Automotive applications
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Control systems
  • Dynamics & vibrations
  • Finite element analysis
  • Flow induced vibrations & noise
  • Fluid power
  • Hybrid vehicles including engine testing and fault detection
  • Materials and microstructural engineering
  • Mechanics of engineering materials and composites
  • Mechatronics
  • Metrology
  • Microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices
  • Product Design & Manufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Theoretical mechanics

Thermo Fluid Sciences

(Ching, Cotton, Didar, Hamed, Lightstone, Puri, Selvaganapathy, Shankar, Yan, Tullis)

  • Aeroacoustics
  • Combustion
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Flow control
  • Fluid mechanics & turbulence
  • Heat transfer
  • Micro-fluidics & micro-fabrication
  • Modeling in thermo-fluid systems
  • Multi-phase flow
  • Reactor thermal-hydraulics
  • Renewal and sustainable energy systems
  • Solidification processes
  • Thermal processing of materials
  • Wind Turbines


(Didar, Quenneville, Wohl)

  • Mechanics of biological tissues and muscles
  • Mechanics of the circulatory and respiratory system
  • Experimental and numerical modeling techniques
  • Movement and skeletal biomechanics