Research Areas


Dynamics and Control

Nonlinear dynamics, vibrations and control; astrodynamics, spacecraft attitude and relative motion dynamics, and GNC; and stability, control and estimation in periodic, delayed and fractional systems

Dynamics of charged particles and macro-ions, control of processes driven by electrostatic forces, and use of neural-network-based self-learning methods for control of human-machine interfaces

Guidance, navigation and control, or GNC; space situational awareness; spacecraft proximity operations; space mission design; and space systems engineering

Navigation, guidance and control of dynamics systems

Vibrations, crashworthiness and stochastic optimization of dynamical systems
Analytical and computational kinematics and multi-body dynamics
Astrodynamics, celestial mechanics and dynamical astronomy; applied and computational mathematics; nonlinear dynamics; and chaotic and complex systems

Space robotics, CubeSats and sensor-networks; machine learning applied to dynamics and control of swarms; autonomous systems design; small-satellite propulsion, power and thermal systems.


Fluid Dynamics

Aerodynamics, experimental fluid mechanics, boundary-layer stability and transition, and hydrodynamic stability

Micro-sensors for slow-moving flows in smart implantable medical devices and development of in situ sensor calibration methods
Computational fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic stability, laminar-turbulent transition, turbulent flows, flow control, nonlinear dynamics and aerodynamics
Experimental fluid mechanics; hydrodynamic instabilities, including Richtmyer- Meshkov and Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities; and turbulent mixing
Fluid mechanics and applied mathematics, unsteady flows, hydrodynamic stability and receptivity, aeroacoustics, and active flow control
Experimental fluid dynamics; aerodynamics; active and passive flow control of separation, mixing and noise; experimental fluid mechanics; plasma actuators; and turbulent shear flows
Aerodynamics, fluid-structure interactions and designing anmanned aerial vehicles
Hydrodynamic stability, laminar-turbulent transition, flow control, and aerodynamic heating
Aerodynamics (related to fixed-wing and rotary aircraft); control of separation, high-lift devices, and drag reduction; and aeroacoustics (jet noise, cavity noise, screech)
Biomicrofluidics: microscale manipulation of bio-species such as proteins, cells and tissues in microfluidic systems

Solid Mechanics

Prediction of deformation and failure modes in metallic and composite materials, and characterization of mechanical properties of materials
Computational design, optimization, uncertainty quantification and parameter identification
Aerodynamics, fluid-structure interactions and designing unmanned aerial vehicles
Tissue engineering, biomechanics, biomaterials  and computational biomaterials
Mechanics of composite materials and structures; electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical multifield effects in composites; and contact mechanics


Heat transfer, materials processing and boundary element method
Radiation and particle transport theory, fast reactor safety, applied mathematics and satellite remote sensing
Nanoscale energy transport in advanced materials and nanoelectronics, and materials synthesis/characterization
Fuel cells, electrolyzers, hydrogen generation and storage, energy and power systems, and heat mass transfer (in gas turbines and HVACR systems)

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