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Mechanical Faculty Materials Faculty

Jeffrey SuhlingJeffrey Suhling
Quina Distinguished Professor and Chair

Office: 1418G Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3332
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PhD, Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin, 1985

Experimental Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Advanced and Composite Materials, Finite Element Analysis and Computational Mechanics, Continuum Modeling, Electronic Packaging, Silicon Sensors, Solder Joint Reliability, Mechanics of Paper and Other Wood-Based Materials.

Ali Abdel-HadiAli Abdel-Hadi
Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: 3436 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3308
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Anahita AyasoufiAnahita Ayasoufi
Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: 3430 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-4000
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David BealeDavid Beale
Professor

Office: 3418C Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3336
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1988

Virtual and physical machine prototyping; Design, simulation and construction of automatic machinery and mechanisms; Application to manufacturing equipment for composites and braiding machinery.

David BevlyDavid Bevly
Albert J. Smith, Jr. Professor

Office: 2418F Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3446
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2001

Vehicle Dynamics, Navigation, and Control; Sensor fusion for navigation and control (including GPS/INS); On-line state and parameter estimation (primarily for vehicle control).

Sushil BhavaniSushil Bhavnani
Henry M. Burt, Jr.Endowed Professor
Associate Department Chair

Office: 1418C Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3303
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1987

Thermal management of electronics, phase-change heat transfer in microchannels, pool boiling, heat transfer enhancement, lost foam casting, gas turbines, solar energy, refrigeration, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, bio-energy, hybrid vehicles.

Tom BurchThomas Burch
Lecturer

Office: 2418H Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3304
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1990

Energy utilization, boiler safety, novel applications of materials and processes.

S.Y. Ben ChoeSong-yul Choe
Professor

Office: 2418C Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3328
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PhD, Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, 1991

Architecture, design, analyses and controls of mechatronic, power source, power conversion system. (Hybrid system, Fuel cell system and Micro power device using new PZT materials, Ultra-high accurate position and speed controls of actuators).

Malcolm CrockerMalcolm Crocker
Professor Emeritus

Office: 2430 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3310
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PhD, Engineering Science/Acoustics, Liverpool University, 1969

Dynamical Properties of Composite Materials; Prediction of Noise and Vibration of Spacecraft at Launch; Acoustical Properties of Road Pavement Surfaces.

David DyerDavid Dyer
Professor

Office: 1432 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3305
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 1966

Thermal and Mechanical Design; Energy Utilization/Optimization; Boiler/Steam System Design and Optimization; HVAC Design/Optimization; Safety.

Cibele FalkenbergCibele Falkenberg
Research Assistant Professor

Office: 1418 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-4000
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George FlowersGeorge Flowers
Professor and Dean of Graduate School

Office: 3428 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3330
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1988

Dynamics, vibration, and control of rotating machinery (including magnetic bearing controller development, simulation modeling, and experimental testing). Vibration analysis and testing of electronic systems (including electrical connectors, automotive electronic systems and components, and MEMS devices).

Daniel HarrisDaniel Harris
Associate Professor

Office: 2418B Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3337
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Research: Auburn TherMal Management Laboratory (AuTherMML)

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1997

Thermal Management of ground based radars, space-based assets, and advanced propulsion systems; Waste Heat Recovery And Use Strategies; Heat pipe technology; Metal felt porous media as conformal wick structures for heat pipes; MEMS cooling technologies and micro-channel heat pipes.

Robert JacksonRobert Jackson
Associate Professor

Office: 3418E Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3340
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004

Multiscale (Macro, Micro and Nano) Tribology, Bearing Testing and Modeling, MEMS, Friction and Wear Fundamentals, Contact Mechanics, Hydrodynamic Lubrication, Bearing Dynamics, Electrical and Thermal Contact Resistance.

Peter JonesPeter Jones
Woltosz War Eagle Motor Sports Professor

Office: 3418G Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3368
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Yanling KangYanling Kang
Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: 2450 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-4000
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Jeyhoon KhodadadiJay Khodadadi
Professor

Office: 2418E Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3333
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at U-C, 1986

Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Materials Processing, Microfluidics, Experimental Fluid Mechanics.

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 1990;
Oc.E. Ocean Engineering, MIT, 1981

Design methodology, propulsion system design, off-road vehicle dynamics, radiation and combined mode heat transfer, radiative materials properties.

Roy W. KnightRoy Knight
Assistant Professor

Office: 3418B Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3300
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas, 1986

Thermal Sciences, Thermal Issues in Electronics Packaging and Manufacture.

Pradeep LallPradeep Lall
Thomas Walter Professor and Director, NSF Center for Advanced Vehicle Electronics

Office: 1438 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3424
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 1993

Finite Element for Continua and Structures; Thermo-mechanics, Reliability and Life-Prediction of Electronics Failure-Mechanisms (including solder joints); Prognostics and Structural Health Monitoring of Electronic Structures; Transient Dynamics of Microcircuits and MEMS in Shock and Vibration; Multi-scale Modeling of NANO-Structures; High Strain-rate Constitutive Behavior of Electronic Materials; Models for Human Body Trauma and Injury.

Daniel MackowskiDaniel Mackowski
Professor

Office: 3418H Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3334
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1987

Development of mathematical/numerical models for the prediction of radiation scattering and absorption properties of small particles. Applications to radiation transfer in combustion environments and atmospheric radiative transfer, Investigations of particle formation in flames: predictions and measurement of the mechanisms which govern the growth of soot particles that are formed during hydrocarbon oxidation, Investigations of heat and mass transfer in rarefied/highly nonequilibrium conditions, using both continuum--based formulations and direct simulation molecular dynamics methods.

Nels MadsenNels Madsen
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Office: 3418F Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3329
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PhD, Mechanics & Hydraulics, University of Iowa, 1978

Engineering education, Motion capture.

Dan MarghituDan Marghitu
Professor

Office: 2418G Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3335
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1994,

Mechanical Impact, Mechanisms and Robots, Nonlinear Dynamics.

Ashutosh MishraA. Mishra
Visiting Professor

Office: 1454 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3415
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, 1976

Residual Stresses, Elasto-Plastic Deformation, Solid Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis, Machine Tool Design, Computer Aided Thermal Analysis of Grinding and Welding Processes, Advanced Mechanical Design, Design for Manufacturing, Modeling of Production Processes, Crack Analysis.

Lewis Payton newLewis Payton
Associate Research Professor
Director, Design and Manufacturing Lab

Office:  2428 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3315
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PhD, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University, AL, 2002

Elimination of Hazardous Metal Working Fluids, Metal Deformation, Metal Cutting, Friction Stir Welding, Advanced Fabrication Processes for Manufacturing, Advanced Solid State Joining Processes, Casting methods, Cellular Manufacturing, Automotive Manufacturing, Marine Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Fabrication, Automotive Safety in the 21st Century, Optimization of Bio-fuel production, Occupational Safety, Machine Guarding and Lockout, Ergonomics, Bio-mechanics, Marine Safety and Operation, Statistical Design of Experiments, Epidemiological Methods, Research Methods, Teaching Methods

Joseph RaganJoseph Ragan
Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: 270 Ross Hall
Phone: (334) 524-1025 
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PK RajuP. K. Raju
Thomas Walter Professor

Office: 1452 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3301
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, India, 1977

Acoustics, Noise Control, Vibration, Non Destructive Evaluation, Engineering Education and Outreach, Technology transfer.

Jordan RobertsJordan Roberts
Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: 1418 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3338  
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Subash C SinhaSubhash Sinha
Professor

Office: 2418D Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3325
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University, 1977

Dynamics, Vibration and Control of Systems and Structures. Stability and bifurcation of Systems with Periodic Coefficients. Structural Stability under In-Plane Dynamic Loading, Symbolic and Computational Dynamics, Linear and Nonlinear Control of Parametrically Excited Systems, Applications to Vehicle dynamics, Rotor-Bearing Systems, Helicopter Blades, etc.

Mrinal ThakurMrinal Thakur
Professor

Office: 3418D Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3326
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PhD, Physics, Case Western Reserve University, 1983

Electronic and nonlinear optical properties of novel organic conduction materials and molecular crystals. Photonic devices utilizing organic materials and microstructures. Organic single-crystal films, picosecond time-resolved measurements, nonconjugated conductive polymers, electro-optics, nano-optics and sensors.

Hareesh TippurHareesh Tippur
McWane Professor

Office: 1446 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3327
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PhD, Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York (Stony Brook), 1988

Fracture and Failure Mechanics, Experimental Mechanics, Optical Metrology, Experimental and Numerical Modeling of Failure, High-Strain Rate and Impact Failure of Multiphase Materials (FRP and polymer blends, particulate composites, functionally graded materials, syntactic foams, nanocomposites, biocements).

Richard WilliamsRichard Williams
Visiting Associate Professor

Office: 2436 Wiggins Hall
Phone: (334) 844-3316
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Materials Faculty

Melissa BaumannMelissa J. Baumann
Professor, Materials Engineering
Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Education
Director of Honors College

Office: 200 Cater Hall
Phone: (334) 844-5860
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Research Interests:
Biomaterials, tissue engineering, drug delivery, nanomaterials

Zhong Yang Cheng ZhongYang (Z.-Y.) Cheng
Professor
3M Grant Researcher

Office: 280 Wilmore Lab
Phone: (334) 844-3419
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Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University, 1995
Research Interests:
Materials Physics: Investigate the structure-property relationship; Characterize the structure and property; especially dielectric; electromechanical; and magnetostrictive properties; of polymers; ceramics and single crystals.; Smart/Adaptive Materials: Develop new smart materials: piezoelectric; ferroelectric; electro-optic; and dielectric ceramics and thin film; magnetostrictive thin film and nanowires; dielectric and multiferroic composites including nanocomposites; electroactive polymers (artificial muscle); Device Development: Design; fabricate and characterize novel micro/nano-sensor platforms; actuators and transducers; Develop biosensors for food safety and security.; Smart materials including piezoelectric; dielectric; ferroelectric; and magnetostrictive materials as well as their (nano)composites; Electroactive polymers (artificial muscle); Electromechanical actuators; transducers;and energy harvest device; Biological and chemical sensors.

Bryan ChinBryan Allen Chin
McWane Professor
Director, Materials Research and Education Center

Office: 277 Wilmore Lab
Phone: (334) 844-3322
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Ph.D., Stanford University with distinction, Materials Science and Engineering, 1976
Research Interests:
Magnetoelastic Sensors, Electrochemical Sensors, Chemical Sensors, Acoustic Wave Sensors, Infrared Sensors, Optical Sensors, Eddy current Sensors, Laser and X-ray diffraction Sensors applied to: food safety and quality, microbial and viral pathogen detection, medical analysis, agriculture, nuclear reactors, coal fired reactors, aerospace vehicles and automobiles/trucks, irradiated materials measurement, failure analysis, time dependent deformation, mechanical lifetime prediction, and environmental degradation of materials.  Sensors applied to control of manufacturing processes: robotic manipulation, welding, joining and soldering.  

Jeffrey FergusJeffrey Fergus
Professor

Office: 284 Wilmore Lab
Phone: (334) 844-3405
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Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1990
Research Interests:
Materials for energy conversion and storage: interconnect/electrode/electrolyte materials for solid oxide fuel cells and lithium ion batteries.; Chemical compatibility and stability of materials: High temperature oxidation of metals and alloys.; Chemical sensors: Electrochemical gas sensors.

Jong Woo HongJong Wook Hong
Associate Professor

Office: 278 Wilmore Lab
Phone: (334) 844-7385
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Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, the University of Tokyo, 2000
Research Interests:
Integrated Micro/Nanofluidic Systems; Nanobiotechnology; Biomolecular Engineering; Biomaterials; Sustainable Energy Production; Quantum Dot Synthesis.

Dong-Joo KimDong-Joo (Daniel) Kim
Associate Professor

Office: 276 Wilmore Lab
Phone: (334) 844-4864
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Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering (minor: Electrical Eng.), North Carolina State University, 2001.
Research Interests:
MEMS/NEMS devices; Sensors and actuators; Electronic Thin Film Devices; Energy harvesting; Smart Materials; Condition monitoring

ct liuChain-Tsuan (CT) Liu
Distinguished Professor

Office: 279 Wilmore Lab
Phone: (334) 844-2849
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Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Brown University, 1967

Tony OverfeltRuel A. (Tony) Overfelt
William and Elizabeth Reed Professor
Executive Director, National Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Airliner Cabin Environment Research

Office: 282 Wilmore Lab
Phone: (334) 844-5940
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Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1984
Research Interests:
Materials processes in manufacturing including solidification and casting; High temperature thermophysical and thermomechanical property measurements; Environmental control systems for closed spaces (e.g.; airliners)

Bart C. ProrokBart Prorok
Professor
Director, Analytical Microscopy Center

Office: 283 Wilmore Lab
Phone: (334) 844-4733
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Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000
Research Interests:
Microstructure/property relationships of thin films and MEMS materials; micro and nanoscale testing of materials; structures; and MEMS devices; and design and fabrication of novel MEMS devices.

Alex SimonianAleksandr Simonian
Alumni Professor

Office: 281 Wilmore Lab
Phone: (334) 844-4485
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Ph.D., Molecular Biophysics, USSR Academy of Science, 1973 Doctor of Science, Bioengineering, Moscow Institute of Applied Biochemistry, Russia, 1993
Research Interests:
Nanocomposite films and nanoparticles for biosensor applications.; Real-time monitoring of biological toxins.; Biosensor development for environmental analysis; food safety; medicine; agriculture; veterinary; industrial process control.; Biosensors for organophosphate neurotoxins detection; Application of Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy for biomolecules/surface interaction analysis.

Zhongwu ZhangZhongwu (ZW) Zhang
Research Assistant Professor

Office: 275 Wilmore Labs
Phone: (334) 844-4822
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Ph.D., Materials Science, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, 2008
Research Interests:
Materials Physics: Investigate the structure-property relationship; Characterize the structure and property, especially the thermodynamic and kinetic of nanocluster precipitation and strengthening mechanism of nano-structured materials.

Ralph ZeeRalph H. Zee
Associate Dean for Research

Office: 1301 Shelby Center
Phone: (334) 844-2301
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Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Wisconsin, 1981
Research Interests:
Engineering education research & scholarship; high temperature materials for power conversion; sensing concepts; manufacturing processes.

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014