Faculty Directory

Jason Armstrong.
Jason Armstrong, PhD
PhD, University at Buffalo

220 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3541

jna4@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor of Teaching
Director, Materials Teaching Labs
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Mechanical behavior of materials, Size-dependent mechanical behavior, Materials for additive manufacturing, Materials characterization

Francine Battaglia.
Francine Battaglia, PhD
PhD, Pennsylvania State University

208 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1470

fbattagl@buffalo.edu

Professor and Chair
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Computational fluid dynamics; building energy utilization and renewable/alternative energy; turbulent multiphase and reacting flows

Javid Bayandor.
Javid Bayandor, PhD
PhD, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

1004 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1422

bayandor@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Space explorations and mission design; collision dynamics and crashworthiness; aerospace conceptual design; space physics; ballistics; bioinspired robotics; advanced aerospace structures; fluid-structure interactive systems

Eleonora Botta.
Eleonora Botta, PhD
PhD, McGill University

1005 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2802

ebotta@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Dynamics and control of space tethers and large flexible space structures, active debris removal, collision detection and avoidance, spacecraft dynamics

Matt Burge.
Matt Burge, PhD
PhD, University of Buffalo

213 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4703

mburge@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Experimental fluid mechanics; bio-inspired propulsion for autonomous vehicle design; unsteady vortex dynamics; fluid-structure interactions; STEM pedagogy

James Chen.
James Chen, PhD
PhD, The George Washington University

325 Jarvis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3162

chenjm@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Fundamental theories and numerical simulation for different physical problems across multiple spatial and temporal scale; turbulence; triboelectricity; atomistic simulation; continuum mechanics; applied mathematics; multiscale simulation

Souma Chowdhury.
Souma Chowdhury, PhD
PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

246 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3059

soumacho@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Nature inspired computing (evolutionary, swarm, and neural algorithms) for design and AI; metamodeling and multi-fidelity optimization; MINLP; swarm systems and swarm-bots; autonomous systems; and unmanned aerial vehicles

Deborah Chung.
Deborah Chung, PhD
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

608 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3977

ddlchung@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Materials science and engineering; particularly smart materials; concrete; thermal management; battery electrode materials; carbon fibers and filaments; composites processing and interfaces; metal-matrix composites; electronic packaging materials; activated carbon

John Crassidis.
John Crassidis, PhD
PhD, University at Buffalo

1003 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1426

johnc@buffalo.edu

Samuel P. Capen Chair Professor
SUNY Distinguished Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Director
Center for Multisource Information Fusion

Research Interests: Spacecraft attitude determination & control; formation flying guidance & navigation; robust nonlinear control; vehicle attitude dynamics

Gary Dargush.
Gary Dargush, PhD
PhD, University at Buffalo

223 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2315

gdargush@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Computational and applied mechanics; size-dependent and multi-physics mechanics; boundary element methods; finite element methods; thermomechanics; computational fluid dynamics; structural dynamics and earthquake engineering

Brad Darrall.
Brad Darrall, PhD
PhD, University at Buffalo

221 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1415

bdarrall@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Computational and applied mechanics: finite element methods; variational approaches for classical and quantum mechanics; mutliphysics continuum dynamics; piezo- and flexo-electrics; micro mechanics; and size-dependent continuum theories

Paul DesJardin.
Paul DesJardin, PhD
PhD, Purdue University

336 Jarvis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1467

ped3@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Computational fluid dynamics; multiphase reacting flows; fire and combustion; fluid-structure simulation

Ehsan Esfahani.
Ehsan Esfahani, PhD
PhD, University of California, Riverside

245 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2517

ehsanesf@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Artificial intelligence in design and engineering; interactive CAD interfaces; brain computer interfaces; human-machine interactions; bipedal locomotion (human and humanoids); bio-robotics and mechatronics

Aaron Estes.
Aaron Estes, PhD
PhD, University at Buffalo

217 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1430

aaronest@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Dynamics and control; system identification; game-based learning in engineering higher education

Danial Faghihi.
Danial Faghihi, PhD
PhD, Louisiana State University

607 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1450

danialfa@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Multiscale (discrete-to-continuum) modeling; computational nonlocal continuum mechanics; data-driven predictive modeling; model validation and uncertainty quantification; advanced manufacturing; tumor growth and treatment

John Hall.
John Hall, PhD
PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

241 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5946

johnhall@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Complex system analysis and simulation; comprehensive product development methodologies; multidisciplinary decision-making and optimization; wind energy conversion; renewable energy systems; energy efficient products

Alaa Eldeen A. Hassan Ali.
Alaa Eldeen A. Hassan Ali, PhD
PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison

219 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2486

alaaelde@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Nuclear reactor safety; thermal processing of materials; pool boiling of nanofluids; effective thermal properties of metal parts

Susan Zonglu Hua.
Susan Zonglu Hua, PhD
PhD, University of Maryland

340 Jarvis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1471

zhua@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Cellular mechanosensitivity; cell-cell and cell-ECM interaction; traumatic brain injury (TBI); microfluidic devices and live-cell imaging

Kevin Hulme.
Kevin Hulme, CMSP, PhD
PhD, University at Buffalo

106 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5573

hulme@buffalo.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Game-based approaches for applied modeling and simulation (M&S); M&S in vehicle simulation, human factors research in autonomous and connected vehicles; M&S approaches in STEM and experiential learning; wearable VR device technologies for simulation-based training and education; human performance assessment of distractions on driver performance; physics-based modeling; driver training and education; simulation fidelity; engineering design analysis and optimization; scientific visualization and virtual environments; multidisciplinary design synthesis; computer- aided graphics; parallel computing; numerical methods; and additive manufacturing

Vojislav Kalanovic.
Vojislav Kalanovic, PhD
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University

1006 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1417

vojislav@buffalo.edu

Professor of Practice
Director of Engineering Science MS Robotics Program
Director of Robotics Minor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Feedback error learning; variable structure systems; neural networks; fuzzy logic; space distributed modular robotics; robotic path-planning; out of axis 3D printing; mini-factories; “First-Time-Right” hierarchical manufacturing strategies; additive manufacturing; model independent control strategies

Jiyeon Kang.
Jiyeon Kang, PhD
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University

1011 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-6063

jiyeonk@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Assistant Professor (Volunteer)
Rehabilitation Sciences Department
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Interests: Rehabilitation robotics; prosthetic devices; cable-actuated mechanisms; intelligent wheelchairs for children with special needs

M. Amin Karami.
M. Amin Karami, PhD
PhD, Virginia Tech

1013 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5878

karami@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Smart materials and structures; energy harvesting; implantable medical devices; nonlinear dynamic systems; MEMS; vibrations; renewable energy, and mechatronics

Jobaidur Khan.
Jobaidur Khan, PhD
PhD, University of New Orleans, LA

218 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0387

jobaidur@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Topics: Computational fluid dynamics; power augmentation; alternative energy; coal gasification; NOx emission reduction

Frank Lagor.
Frank Lagor, PhD
PhD, University of Maryland

1010 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2402

flagor@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Guidance, navigation, and control of robotic systems in complex flow environments; flow sensing and control; bio-inspired robotics; nonlinear/non-gaussian estimation; guidance and control for unmanned systems, including adaptive sampling and cooperative control

Kemper E. Lewis.
Kemper E. Lewis, PhD
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

208 Davis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2682

kelewis@buffalo.edu

Dean
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Moog Professor of Innovation
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Director of the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Technologies (SMART) CoE
Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Large-Scale Systems Design, Design Analytics, Collaborative Design Methods, Decentralized Design, Decision Theory, Decision Networks, Additive Manufacturing

Cyrus Madnia.
Cyrus Madnia, PhD
PhD, The University of Michigan

334 Jarvis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1465

madnia@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Computational fluid dynamics; turbulence; combustion; nanoscale energy transfer; transport phenomena; compressible flows

Ardeshir Raihanian Mashhadi.
Ardeshir Raihanian Mashhadi, PhD
PhD, University at Buffalo

212 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1452

ardeshir@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Data-driven design and manufacturing; dynamic and data-driven lifecycle assessment; applied ecosystem modeling; consumer behavior modeling in environmental systems; sustainable design and manufacturing; agent-based modeling; closed-loop supply chain and remanufacturing

Hui Meng.
Hui Meng, PhD
PhD, University of Houston

313 Jarvis Hall (North Campus)

Room 8040, CTRC (GVI), 875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo (TSVRC Office)

Phone: (716) 645-9173 (North Campus) (716) 829-5406 (CSVRC Office)

huimeng@buffalo.edu

UB Distinguished Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Biomedical engineering; hemodynamics and vascular biomechanics; advanced laser flow diagnostics; computational fluid dynamics

313 Jarvis Hall (North Campus)

Room 8040, CTRC (GVI), 875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo (TSVRC Office)

Phone: (716) 645-9173 (North Campus) (716) 829-5406 (CSVRC Office)

huimeng@buffalo.edu

Joseph Mollendorf.
Joseph Mollendorf, PhD
PhD, Cornell University

335 Jarvis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1466

molendrf@buffalo.edu

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Design; heat transfer and fluid mechanics; mathematical modeling; manufacturing processes; biomedical engineering

Joe Mook.
D. Joseph Mook, PhD
PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

1008 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1427

mook@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Controls; dynamics; system identification; estimation theory; modeling; nonlinear and chaotic dynamic systems

Mostafa Nouh.
Mostafa Nouh, PhD
PhD, University of Maryland

1012 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1449

mnouh@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Structural dynamics; acoustics; vibration damping and control; smart materials; energy harvesting; metamaterials and periodic structures

Rahul Rai.
Rahul Rai, PhD
PhD, University of Texas at Austin

244 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1451

rahulrai@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Digital manufacturing; engineering design; machine learning; computational geometry; uncertainty quantification in complex system design; additive manufacturing; applied ontology; multimodal intuitive interfaces for conceptual CAD; optimization; metamodeling and DoE

Shenqiang Ren.
Shenqiang Ren, PhD
PhD, University of Maryland College Park

615 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1431

shenren@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Materials-by-design; self-assembly; emerging functional materials for energy-critical applications

Matthew Ringuette.
Matthew Ringuette, PhD
PhD, California Institute of Technology

327 Jarvis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1461

ringum@buffalo.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Aerospace Engineering
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Experimental fluid mechanics; vortex dynamics; unsteady aerodynamics; bio-inspired propulsion with applications to autonomous air and underwater vehicles; fluid-structure interactions; and high-speed flow

Stephen Rudin.
Stephen Rudin, PhD
PhD, City University of New York

UB-Canon Stroke and Vascular Research Center

875 Ellicott Street

Phone: (716) 829-5408

srudin@buffalo.edu

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Director, Division of Radiation Physics
Department of Radiology
Jacobs School of Medicine
Affiliated Faculty
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Specialty/Research Focus: Diagnostic radiology; neurological surgery; neuroradiology - diagnostic radiology; neuroradiology - radiology; pediatric radiology - radiological physics; radiological physics; radiology; vascular and interventional radiology

UB-Canon Stroke and Vascular Research Center

875 Ellicott Street

Phone: (716) 829-5408

srudin@buffalo.edu

David Salac.
David Salac, PhD
PhD, University of Michigan

326 Jarvis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1460

davidsal@buffalo.edu

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Computational fluid dynamics; material systems with moving interfaces; numerical methods; directed self-assembly; high performance computing

Paul Schifferle.
Paul Schifferle, MS
MS, University at Buffalo
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Vice President- Flight Research
Calspan Corporation
Tarun Singh.
Tarunraj Singh, PhD
PhD, University of Waterloo

1009 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1428

tsingh@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Target tracking; human-vehicle control; optimal control; nonlinear control; dynamics & control of flexible structures

Craig Snoeyink.
Craig Snoeyink, PhD
PhD, Purdue University

337 Jarvis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1468

craigsno@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Microfluidics; micro-particle tracking/particle image velocimetry; super-resolution imaging; biomedical imaging

Jennifer Stamm.
Jennifer Stamm (Haggerty), PhD
PhD, University at Buffalo

214 Bell Hall

Phone: (716) 645-9164

jrh6@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Robust vibration control, optimization, estimation of dynamic systems, data assimilation and Bayesian inference, robust convex approximation theory; life-cycle cost modeling, aggregate demand, supply chain optimization, tradespace exploration, industrial internet, integrated circuit optimization

Robert Wetherhold.
Robert Wetherhold, PhD
PhD, University of Delaware

606 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3058

mecrcw@buffalo.edu

Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: All aspects of composite materials, from their fabrication through their end-use; specialties in fracture behavior, in laminate design, and in smart/multifunctional composites

Minghui Zheng.
Minghui Zheng, PhD
PhD, University of California, Berkeley

1007 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1432

mhzheng@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Research Interests: Iterative learning control; high precision control; nonlinear/robust control with applications to robotics; autonomous systems; manufacturing