Pamir Alpay, PhD
Dr. Alpay is a Professor, Department Head of Materials Science and Engineering and; Executive Director of the Innovation Partnership Building at the UConn Tech Park.
Dr. Alpay’s research has been focused on Multiscale modeling, of materials Ferroic and multiferroic materials, Conducting oxides, Polarizable semiconductors, Tunable dielectrics for microwave devices, Defect microstructures in functional materials, Materials for electrical contacts, Electrothermal properties of materials (IR detection, on-chip heating/cooling).
He began his association with the program in Fall 2014 and he teaches MSE 5320 Investigation of Special Topics.
Reda Ammar, PhD
Dr. Ammar is a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department.
Prof. Ammar's main research experiences is in Software Performance Engineering, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Real-Time Systems, and Cluster and Grid Computing.
He began working with the program in 2013 teaching CSE 5304 High-Performance Parallel Computing.
Ali Bazzi, PhD
Dr. Ali Bazzi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Dr. Bazzi currently directs research in the areas of power electronics applications in motor drive systems, renewable energy systems (especially solar photovoltaics), and micro-grids.
Professor Bazzi’s interaction with the program began in Spring 2016 teaching courses associated with the Power Engineering Certificate program. In addition to ECE 5520 Advanced Power Electronics, he also teaches ECE 5530 Modeling and Control of Electric Drives and ECE 5540 Electrical System Protection and Switchgear.
Georgios Bollas, PhD
Dr. Bollas is an Associate Professor in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department and also serves as the Director of the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering. Dr. Bollas is performing research related to the design, modeling, and optimization of processes that address the growing energy crisis, such as those of conventional/coal/biomass refineries and hydrogen production plants.
Professor Bollas teaches SE 5101 Foundations of Physical Systems Modeling.
Chengyu Cao, PhD
Dr. Chengyu Cao is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Dr. Cao’s research is in the area of dynamics and control, adaptive and intelligent systems, and mechatronics with focus on unmanned systems and aerospace applications. He is also interested in biomechanics, sensor and actuator networks, control of flexible structures, and fluid/combustion control.
Professor Cao began teaching for the CDEE program in Spring 2017 teaching ME 5160 Theory and Design of Automatic Control Systems.
Brice Cassenti, PhD
Dr. Cassenti is a Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
In 1976 Dr. Cassenti joined the staff at United Technologies Research Center where he worked on non-linear finite element modeling, material modeling, supercomputer programming, and advanced propulsion. Dr. Cassenti joined Pratt & Whitney in 2001, where he developed probabilistic design methods for use in gas turbine engines. Dr. Cassenti has been teaching since 1980 at Rensselaer and the University of Connecticut and joined Rensselaer at Hartford in 2007 where he taught graduate level courses in engineering. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.
Professor Cassenti has been teaching with the program for several years teaching ME 5160 Theory and Design of Automatic Control Systems.
Baki M. Cetegen, PhD
Dr. Cetegen joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1987 and has served as department head. He is alsoa United Technologies Chair Professor.
Dr. Cetegen’s research is in the general areas of experimental combustion and fluid dynamics with emphasis on laser diagnostics and optical imaging.
In Fall 2016 Professor Cetegen began his association with the program teaching ME 5110 Advanced Thermodynamics.
Wilson K.S. Chiu, PhD
Dr. Chiu joined the University of Connecticut in August 1999 where he is now Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
His research focuses on heat and mass transfer with chemical reactions, with applications to materials for sustainable energy applications (fuel cell, battery, gas separation membrane, metal foam, electrolyzer, solar cell, waste form), carbon nano-materials, photonics, and semiconductors.
Professor Chiu first began teaching for the program in Fall 2014. He uses his expertise in to teach ME 5130 Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer and ME 5341 Radiation Heat Transfer.
Ryan C. Cooper, PhD
Dr. Cooper is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
His research focuses on multiscale mechanics of materials including 2D materials (such as graphene), ceramics, etc.
He began working with the program in Fall 2016, and he teaches ME 5180 Dynamics.
Francisco Cunha became part of the program in Spring 2015, and he teaches ME 5507 Engineering Analysis I.
Ashwin Dani, PhD
Dr. Dani is an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering department.
Dr. Dani’s research has been focused on solving various estimation and control challenges in robotics & automation and other engineering domains including industrial and biomedical applications.
Professor Dani joined UConn School of Engineering inthe Fall of 2017. He teaches ECE 6171 Mobile Robotics.
Avinash Dongare, PhD
Dr. Dongare is an Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department.
Dr. Dongare’s research has been focused on Development and application of advanced computational methods (molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, density functional theory, coarse-grained methods, etc.) to investigate the behavior and properties of novel materials across multiple scales.
He began working with the program in Fall 2014, and teaches MSE 5301 Macroscopic Equilibrium Thermodynamics I.
Parasara Sridhar Duggirala, PhD
Dr. Duggirala is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His research focuses on developing scalable approximation and abstraction techniques for verifying high dimensional CPS with complex software.
Prof. Duggirala began teaching for the CDEE program in Spring 2017. He teaches SE 5301 Embedded/Networked Systems Modeling Abstractions, and SE 5303 Design Flows for Embedded / Networked Systems.
Abhishek Dutta, PhD
Dr. Dutta is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering departments.
Dr. Dutta’s research interests lie in the area of control systems and optimization with application to mechatronic systems amongst others.
Professor Dutta began teaching for the CDEE program in Fall 2016. He currently teaches SE 5202 Foundations of Control and SE 5103 Design Flows for Robust Design.
Amir Faghri, PhD
Professor Amir Faghri is currently a Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Distinguished Dean Emeritus at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Faghri has served as a principal investigator conducting research in the area of thermal management and multiphase transport phenomena for applications ranging from advanced cooling systems to alternative energy systems, including heat pipes, fuel cells, solar energy systems, electronic heat sinks, and thermal energy storage devices.
Professor Faghri’s association with the CDEE Program dates back to Fall 2013. He has consistently taught ME 5110 Advanced Thermodynamics, ME 5130 Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer and ME 5140 Heat and Mass Transfer in Multiphase Systems.
Tai-Hsi Fan, PhD
Dr. Fan is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
His current research includes the development of miniature cell culture system, cell membrane mechanics involved in microinjection process, and colloid dynamics in polymer solutions.
Professor Fan began with the program in Fall 2015. He teaches ME 5120 Advanced Thermo-Fluids I.
John Larry Foster
John Foster has worked within the program beginning Spring 2015, and he teaches ME 5895 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering.
Pu-Xian Gao, PhD
Dr. Gao is a Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering department.
Dr. Gao’s research has been focused on Hierarchical nanostructure integration, manipulation, and scalable manufacturing; Nanocatalysis for vehicle emission control and relevant energy and environmental applications; Nanosensors for power plants and vehicles; Energy conversion, storage, and utilization using nanomaterials; Magneto-(opto-)electronics of nanomaterials; Cell-nanomaterials interfaces.
He began working for the program in Fall 2016 teaching MSE 5320 Investigation of Special Topics.
David Giblin, PhD
Dr. Giblin is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
His research centers on manipulation theory and control of mechanical systems.
Professor Giblin began working with the program in Fall 2014. He consistently teaches ME 5150 Analytical and Applied Kinematics, ME 5155 Geometric Modeling and ME 5511 Principles of Optimum Design.
Kenneth Gordon has worked with the program from Spring 2015, and he teaches ME 5311 Instructor Consent Required, Computational Methods of Viscous Fluid Dynamics.
Shalabh Gupta, PhD
Dr. Gupta is an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.
Dr. Gupta’s research interests are built around various problems related to Cyber-Physical Systems.
He began working with the program in Spring 2015 teaching ECE6103 Nonlinear System Theory.
Rainer J. Hebert, PhD
Dr. Hebert is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department.
He also is the Director of the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center, Associate Director of the Institute of Materials Science (IMS) and Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Dr. Hebert’s research has been focused on Additive manufacturing: alloy development, Additive manufacturing: process capabilities, Steel: improvements in elevated temperature strength for high strength low alloy steel and Metallic glasses: devitrification reactions.
He began working with the CDEE program in Summer 2015. He teaches MSE 5311 Mechanical Properties of Materials.
Bryan Huey, PhD
Dr. Huey is a United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. He is also Director of Graduate Studies and was recently named Department Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department.
Dr. Huey’s research has been focused on Switching dynamics in ferroelectric and multiferroic materials, Piezoactuation of novel Piezoelectrics, In-situ imaging of Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems, Nanoscale performance mapping of photovoltaics, Photovoltaic reliability and accelerated lifetime testing, Nanomechanical dynamics of tissue and living cells, Characterization of various nanomaterials and structures, Ultrasonic micro-manipulation, Various industrial partnership and High Speed AFM and combined AFM/optics.
He began teaching for the program in Fall 2013 focusing on MSE 5322 Materials Characterization.
Ebad Jahangir, PhD
Dr. Ebad Jahangir is an Honorary Research Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an Associate Director in the Systems Department of United Technologies Research Center.
His research specialties are Propulsion Systems, Requirements Definition, and Management, Systems Architecture, Systems Engineering Tools and Methods, Aviation Environmental Issues and Integration of modeling and simulation capabilities using various platforms employing SysML.
Eric Jordan, PhD
Dr. Jordan is a Research Professor and Emeritus Faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Initially, his research dealt with issues related to gas turbine hot section stress analysis and associated application of fracture mechanics to predict the crack growth lives of engine parts.
He began working with the program in Fall 2014 and has taught ME 5105 Basic Concepts of Continuum Mechanics.
Omer Khan, PhD
Dr. Khan is an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.
Dr. Khan’s research interests can be generalized to the field of Computer Systems and Architecture with the high-level goal to design architectural methods and system interfaces to improve the efficiency of future processors and embedded systems.
Professor Khan first taught for the CDEE program in Fall 2013. He has taught ECE 6095 Special Topics in Electrical and Systems Engineering.
Jeongho Kim, PhD
Dr. Kim is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Dr. Kim’s research focus is Computational Fracture & Damage Mechanics, Functionally Graded Materials and Advanced Composites, Multi-scale Modeling of Clean Energy Systems, Modeling & Simulation of Blast and Fire-Resistance and Materials Behavior.
He has been active in the MENG program since Fall 2014. Professor Kim teaches CE 5164 Finite Element Methods in Applied Mechanics I, CE 5166 Finite Element Methods in Applied Mechanics II and CE 5163 Fracture Mechanics.
Ying Li, PhD
Dr. Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
His research deals with issues related to Multiscale modeling, Computational material design, Mechanics and physics of soft matter, Design of mechanical metamaterials and Targeted drug delivery.
Professor Li began working within the program in Fall 2017 teaching ME 5155 Geometric Modeling.
Tianfeng Lu, PhD
Dr. Tianfeng Lu is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
His primary research interests include computational fluid dynamics with detailed chemistry as well as reduction of large chemical kinetic mechanisms for computationally efficient simulation of complex multidimensional, turbulent flows and other engineering systems.
Tienfeng teaches ME 6170 Combustion and Air Pollution Engineering.
Peter B. Luh, PhD
Dr. Luh is a SNET Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Dr. Luh’s research areas include Energy Efficient and Safe Buildings – optimized energy management, HVAC fault detection and diagnosis, emergency crowd guidance, and eco-communities; Smart Power Systems and Microgrids – smart grid, electricity markets, effective wind and solar integration to the grid, load and price forecasting, and microgrid; and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems – planning, scheduling, and coordination of design, manufacturing and service activities.
Professor Luh has been a long time instructor for the program going back to Fall 2013. Professor Luh consistently teaches ECE 5101 Introduction to System Theory, ECE 6102 Optimal, and Model Predictive Control, ECE 6437 Computational Methods for Optimization and ECE 6161 Modern Manufacturing System Engineering.
Georgios Lykotrafitis, PhD
Dr. Lykotrafitis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
His primary research interests include Cellular mechanics and other mechanics related research problems.
Professor Lykotrafitis began working with the program in Fall 2015. He teaches ME 5105 Basic Concepts of Continuum Mechanics and ME 5190 Advanced Mechanics of Materials.
Ramesh B. Malla, Professor
Dr. Malla is a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
Prof. Malla's main research and teaching experiences are in the areas of structural mechanics, dynamics, and vibration. His research encompasses structures on earth as well as in space (orbital and lunar).
Professor Malla joined the program in Spring 2016 teaching CE 5122 Advanced Mechanics of Materials.
Radenka Maric, PhD
Dr. Maric is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Vice President for Research.
Dr. Maric’s research has been focused on Fuel cell and batteries, Hydrogen generation, Nanomaterials and thin film coating, Ceramic processing and Gasification and biofuels.
Dr. Maric began teaching for the program in Spring 2015, teaching MSE 5320 Investigation of Special Topics, MSE 5364 Advanced Composites and MSE 5366 Alloy Casting Processes.
Georgios Matheou, PhD
Dr. Matheou is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
He combines theory, modeling, state of the art computational algorithms, in situ measurements and remote sensing data to understand and predict complex multi-physics fluid flows, which include the interaction of several physical processes: stable and unstable density stratification, rotation, and radiation.
Georgios teaches ME 5311, Computational Methods of Viscous Fluid Dynamics.
Fei Miao, PhD
Dr. Miao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, and she is also affiliated with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering.
Dr. Miao’s active research projects are on Data-Driven Optimization and Control and Application to Transportation Resource Allocation, Cyber-Physical Systems Security, Safety of Autonomous Transportation Systems, Coordination of autonomous vehicles.
Professor Miao teaches SE 5301 Embedded/Networked Systems Modeling Abstractions.
Vito Moreno, PhD
Dr. Moreno is a Professor of Residence in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
He has over 40 years of experience at Pratt & Whitney in a wide variety of positions and responsibility within the Engineering organization. He was actively involved in the development and systems validation of the fan drive gear system for the Next Generation Product Family Geared Turbo Fan Engines, and he served as Chief Engineer on several engine applications. Most recently, he was the Executive Technical Assistant to the Vice President of Engineering. He has been a strong advocate for UCONN as a Center of Excellence University for Pratt and Whitney, directing recruiting activity and sponsoring multiple research projects. He has served as an adjunct professor, and he is a member of Tau Beta Pi.
His association with the program dates back to Fall 2013 when he began teaching ME 5150 Analytical and Applied Kinematics.
Serge Nakhmanson, PhD
Dr. Nakhmanson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.
Dr. Nakhmanson’s research has been focused on Multifunctional ferroic materials by rational design with quantum-mechanical calculations, building morphotropic phase boundaries into materials to achieve enhancement of functional properties, Mesoscale simulations of electroactive materials and nanostructures and “Soft” multifunctional materials: polymers, oligomers, molecular crystals, and cocrystals.
Serge began teaching for the program in Spring 2017 teaching MSE 5305 Phase Transformations in Solids.
Greg Ojard, PhD
Dr. Ojard is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.
Dr. Ojard’s research Topic is the Experimental Characterization of Mechanical Properties of Advanced Materials.
Greg's association with the program goes back to 2013. Professor Ojard routinely teaches MSE 5320 Investigation of Special Topics, MSE 5364 Advanced Composites and MSE 5366 Alloy Casting Processes.
Working with the program from Fall 2014, Warren Osterndorf teaches ENGR 5311 Professional Communication and Information Management.
Ugur Pasaogullari, PhD
Dr. Pasaogullari is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Interim Director of C2E2.
His current research focuses on thermal and water management in polymer electrolyte fuel cells and characterization of the effects of heat and water transport on performance and durability of these systems.
Professor Pasaogullari began teaching for the program in Spring 2015. He currently teaches ME 5140 Heat and Mass Transfer in Multiphase Systems and ME 5895 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering.
Krishna R. Pattipati, PhD
Dr. Pattipati is a professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UConn, where he is currently the Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and the UTC Chair Professor in Systems Engineering. Dr. Pattipati’s research activities are in the areas of proactive decision support, uncertainty quantification, smart manufacturing, autonomy, knowledge representation, and optimization-based learning and inference.
Professor Pattipati began with the program in Spring 2016. He teaches ECE 6108 Linear Programming and Network Flows.
George Rossetti, PhD
Dr. Rossetti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.
His research, focusing on thermodynamics, crystallography, and structure-property relations in functional ceramics and their applications in sensing, actuation, and energy transduction, harvesting, and storage.
Dr. Rossetti began with the program in Fall 2015, and he teaches MSE 5334 Structure and Defects in Materials.
Yaakov Bar Shalom, PhD
Prof. Bar Shalom is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Marianne E. Klewin Professor in Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He is also Director of the ESP (Estimation and Signal Processing) Lab.
Dr. Bar Shalom’s current research interests are in estimation theory, target tracking and data fusion. He has published over 500 papers and book chapters in these areas and stochastic adaptive control.
Dr. Bar Shalom first began teaching ECE 6111 Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes in Fall 2015.
Matthew Stuber, PhD
Dr. Stuber is an Associate Professor in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department. Dr. Stuber’s research focuses on theory and methods for optimization-based approaches to solving challenging problems in energy, healthcare, and food and water security.
Matthew Stuber teaches SE 5102 Uncertainty Analysis, Robust Design, and Optimization in Spring 2018.
Jiong Tang, PhD
Dr. Tang is a Professor and Director of ME Graduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering Department. Also, he is Co-Director of MEM program.
Dr. Tang’s research has been focused on the areas of Dynamics and Control, and he has extensive project experience working with industry.
Professor Tang began teaching for the program in Fall 2014 teaching ME 5420 Mechanical Vibrations I.
David Tonn, PhD
Dr. Tonn is an Adjunct Lecturer in Department of Engineering.
His research interests include maritime antennas, electromagnetic metamaterials for antenna applications, genetic algorithms in electromagnetics, very low-frequency antennas and circuits, radio frequency electronics and instrumentation, and measurement methods in electromagnetics.
He has worked with the program since Summer 2015, and teaches ENGR 5314 Advanced Engineering Mathematics.
Kay Wille, PhD
Dr. Wille is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Dr. Wille’s research focus is on Ultra high-performance fiber reinforced concrete (UHP-FRC), High strain rate and impact resistance of cementitious materials, Concrete exposed to high temperature and Sustainable concrete pavement systems.
He began teaching for the program in Spring 2015. Professor Wille brings his expertise in concrete while teaching CE 5640 Prestressed Concrete Structures and CE 5122 Advanced Mechanics of Materials.
Raymond Williams, MS
Mr. Williams was the former Director of Naval Architecture at General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation from 1996 to August 2007. In that position he directed a staff of approximately 700 engineers and designers and was responsible for structural engineering and design, including engineering analysis, design of ship structures, ship arrangements, ship hydrodynamics, ship hydrostatics and ship weights for all classes of submarines. Mr. Williams currently serves as an Assistant Director in CDEE serving the shoreline communities.
Professor Williams has been teaching for the program for several years and will be offering his class ENGR 5312 Engineering Project Planning and Management fully online in Spring 2018.
Arash Esmaili Zaghi, PhD
Dr. Zaghi is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Dr. Zaghi’s research focus is on Multihazard resilient design, Resilience of structural and non-structural systems, under natural and manmade disasters, Application of advanced materials and innovative details, in Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC), Repair and retrofit of existing bridges and Computational structural modeling.
Professor Zaghi teaches CE 5380 Bridge Structures and CE 5620 Advanced Steel Structures.
Dianyun Zhang, PhD
Dr. Dianyun Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Her broad area of research interest is in experimental characterization and computational modeling of lightweight materials, including laminated composites, 3D textile composites, and oxide/oxide woven ceramic composites.
Professor Zhang began working for the CDEE program in Fall 2016. She teaches ME 5430 Mechanics of Composites and Laminates and ME 5895 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering.
Peng Zhang, PhD
Dr. Zhang is an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.
His research interest is in Power systems, microgrids, power distribution and power electronics.
Professor Zhang began working with the program in Spring 2016; he teaches ECE 5510 Power System Analysis and ECE 5512 Power Distribution.