Faculty Members

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: Sep 17, 2014