ZhongYang (Z.-Y.) ChengZhongYang (Z.-Y.) Cheng
Associate Professor, 3M Grant Researcher

Office:280 Wilmore Laboratories
Phone: (334) 844-3419

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University, 1995

Smart materials preparation and characterization; materials physics; application of smart materials in actuators, transducers, sensors and MEMS/NEMS; design, fabrication and characterization of electromechanical actuators and sensors;

Smart Materials: dielectrics; ferroelectric/piezoelectric ceramics, crystals and thin film; electroactive polymers (artificial muscle); nonlinear optical polymers; nanocomposites and magnetostriction (metal glass); Electromechanical actuators, sensors and transducers for robots, artificial muscle and organs, vibration and noise control; MEMS for switch, fluid pump and valves; Biosensors for detecting biological/chemical threat agents under Auburn University Detection and Food Safety Center


Bryan Allen ChinBryan Allen Chin

Office:277 Wilmore Laboratories
Phone: (334) 844-3322

Ph.D., Stanford University with distinction, Materials Science and Engineering, 1976

Research and development of biosensors for the detection of bacteria, spores and toxins that may contaminant our food system; materials and methods to improve food safety, medical and health applications; chemical sensors for detection of toxic gas compounds; Radio Frequency Identification Sensor Tags for automatic inventory and quality of food products; Sensors for manufacturing process control, welding and joining; and Fabrication and manufacture of adaptive materials


Jeffrey FergusJeffrey Fergus
Associate Professor

Office:284 Wilmore Laboratories
Phone: (334) 844-3405


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

Office:276 Wilmore Laboratories
Phone: (334) 844-4864

Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering (minor: Electrical Eng.), North Carolina State University, 2001.

Micro/nanosystems; multifunctional (smart) materials; sensors; energy harvesting and storage.


Ruel A. (Tony) OverfeltRuel A. (Tony) Overfelt
Philpott-WestPoint Stevens Professor

Office:282 Wilmore Laboratories
Phone: (334) 844-5940

Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1984

Metal casting and related materials processes; thermophysical property measurement technology; biomaterials and biomechanical engineering


Bart ProrokBart Prorok
Associate Professor

Office:283 Wilmore Laboratories
Phone: (334) 844-4733


Aleksandr SimonianAleksandr Simonian

Office:281 Wilmore Laboratories
Phone: (334) 844-4485

Ph.D., Molecular Biophysics, USSR Academy of Science, 1973 Doctor of Science, Bioengineering, Moscow Institute of Applied Biochemistry, Russia, 1993

Development and fabrication of biosensors for environmental analysis (CW and BW agents, phenols, mercury), food safety (pathogens), medicine (glucose, uric acid, amino acids) agriculture (pesticides), veterinary (express monitoring of animals health status), industrial process control (amino acids and alcohol);Application of Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy for biomolecules/surface interaction analysis and biosensing; Nanocomposite films and nanoparticles for sensing applications; Optical imaging and fluorescence spectroscopy; Biomaterials and bio-surfaces


Ralph ZeeRalph Zee
Associate Dean for Research

Office:1301 Shelby Center
Phone: (334) 844-2301

Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Wisconsin, 1981,

Engineering education research & scholarship, high temperature materials for power conversion, sensing concepts, manufacturing processes.