Core Faculty

Faculty
Research Interests
Achenbach,
                                    Jan

Walter P. Murphy and Distinguished McCormick School Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering

Walter P. Murphy and Distinguished McCormick School Professor Emeritus

achenbach( at )northwestern.edu
Propagation of mechanical disturbances in solids; ultrasonic methods for quantitative nondestructive evaluation; mechanics of materials and structures and structural safety, with emphasis on the mechanics of fracture, damage, and creep, size effects and scaling, probabilistic mechanics, nano-mechanics and hygrothermal effects, and with applications to concrete, fiber composites, tough ceramics, rocks, soils, bone, snow, and sea ice.
Balogun,
                                    Oluwaseyi

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

o-balogun( at )northwestern.edu
Ultrasonic Near Field Optical Microscopy; Optical Sensors; Nondestructive Materials Characterization; Dynamic Deformation of Materials; Nanomechanical Resonators;
Bazant,
                                    Zdenek P.

McCormick Institute Professor, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering

z-bazant( at )northwestern.edu
Mechanics of materials and structures and structural safety, with emphasis on the mechanics of fracture, damage mechanics, size effects and scaling, probabilistic mechanics, nano-mechanics, concrete creep and hygrothermal effects, structural stability and finite strain continuum mechanics; applied to concrete, fiber composites, soft-in-shear (sandwich) structures, tough ceramics, rocks, soils, rigid foams, bone, snow and sea ice. Structural applications: Concrete structures (bridges, tall buildings, dams, nuclear reactor structures), large ship hulls, automobile crashworthiness, thin films.
Beltran,
                                    Michael

CAD/CAM/CAE Teaching Lab Instructor and Lecturer

mbeltran( at )northwestern.edu
Belytschko,
                                    Ted

Walter P. Murphy Professor Emeritus of Computation Mechanics and (by courtesy) Civil and Environmental Engineering

tedbelytschko( at )northwestern.edu
Computational mechanics; finite element and element-free Galerkin methods; multi-scale computational methods
Birdwell,
                                    J. Alex

Lecturer

j-birdwell( at )northwestern.edu
Robotics & biomechanics, specifically focusing on prosthetics and rehabilitation engineering
Brinson,
                                    L. Catherine

Jerome B. Cohen Professor of Mechanical Engineering

cbrinson( at )northwestern.edu
Multiscale mechanics of advanced materials, including shape memory alloys, polymer nanocomposites, and biomaterials: synthesis, characterization and modeling
Cao,
                                    Jian

Associate Vice President for Research

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and (by courtesy) Civil and Environmental Engineering

jcao( at )northwestern.edu
Microforming; surface texturing; sheet metal forming; composite sheet forming; instability analysis; laser processes
Chen,
                                    Wei

Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

weichen( at )northwestern.edu
Design optimization; design under uncertainty; multidisciplinary design optimization; simulation based design; design theory and methodology
Chen,
                                    Xinqi

Research Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Facility Manager of Keck Interdisciplinary Surface Science (Keck-II) Center, NUANCE Center

xchen( at )northwestern.edu
Nanomaterials synthesis and characterization, Surface characterization, Experimental nanomechanics
Chung,
                                    Yip-Wah

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering

ywchung( at )northwestern.edu
Surface science, tribology, design and characterization of hard coatings and thing films, and alloy development
Colgate,
                                    J. E.

Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Senior Professor in Design

colgate( at )northwestern.edu
Robotics; human-machine interaction; haptic interface; cobots
Conley,
                                    James

Clinical Professor of Technology Industry Management and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering

j-conleya( at )northwestern.edu
Strategic use of intangible assets and intellectual properties to build and sustain competitive advantage
Daniel,
                                    Isaac M.

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Director of the Center for Intelligent Processing of Composites

imdaniel( at )northwestern.edu
Processing; characterization; micromechanics; fracture; fatigue; dynamic behavior; environmental effects; damage mechanics; nondestructive evaluation; life prediction
Davis,
                                    Stephen

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

sdavis( at )northwestern.edu
Theoretical fluid mechanics; hydrodynamic stability and interfacial phenomena; material science; thin films and crystal growth; asymptotic and variational methods
Ehmann,
                                    Kornel F.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

k-ehmann( at )northwestern.edu
Micro/meso-scale manufacturing; precision engineering; machine tool dynamics and control; material removal processes; automation and robotics
Espinosa,
                                    Horacio D.

James N. and Nancy J. Farley Professor in Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship

Director, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Program

espinosa( at )northwestern.edu
Micro-electro-mechanical systems; nano-electro-mechanical systems; thin films and MEMS materials; mechanics of biomaterials; dynamic failure of advanced materials
Gerber,
                                    Elizabeth

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Junior Professor of Design

egerber( at )northwestern.edu
Design and innovation; human-computer interaction; crowdsourcing; motivation
Ghosal,
                                    Sandip

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and (by courtesy) Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

s-ghosal( at )northwestern.edu
Fluid mechanics; micro-scale flows near changed interfaces; mathematical biology
Hartmann,
                                    Mitra

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

m-hartmann( at )northwestern.edu
Sensorimotor integration; robots as tools for studying neuroscience; sensory acquisition behaviors; neuroethology
Herbst,
                                    Walter

Clinical Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Director of the Master of Product Development Program

w-herbst( at )northwestern.edu
Product development and marketing
Holderfield,
                                    Greg

Clinical Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Director of the Segal Design Institute

Co-Director of the MMM Program

g-holderfield( at )northwestern.edu
Design Innovation
Huang,
                                    Yonggang

Joseph Cummings Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

y-huang( at )northwestern.edu
Mechanics of materials and structures; fracture mechanics; composite materials; micromechanics; atomistic-based continuum mechanics; mechanics of stretchable electronics
Johnson,
                                    Mark

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

m-johnson2( at )northwestern.edu
Ocular biomechanics; biofluids and transport; transport through connective tissues; glaucoma; chaos and diffusion
Keer,
                                    Leon M.

Walter P. Murphy Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

l-keer( at )northwestern.edu
Engineering mechanics; tribology
Keten,
                                    Sinan

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering

s-keten( at )northwestern.edu
Atomistic and multi-scale modeling and simulation; mechanics and dynamics of organic, biological and bioinspired materials.
Krishnaswamy,
                                    Sridhar

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Director of Center of Quality Engineering and Failure Prevention

s-krishnaswamy( at )northwestern.edu
Multifunctional materials and systems and intelligent structural health management of safety-critical structures
Kulkarni,
                                    Manohar

Clinical Full Professor and Assistant Chairperson of Mechanical Engineering

manohar.kulkarni( at )northwestern.edu
Energy Optimal Control of Thermal Systems; Thermal Systems Design and Analyses; Energy Management
Lichter,
                                    Seth

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

s-lichter( at )northwestern.edu
Fluid dynamics; Hamiltonian systems; protein folding
Liu,
                                    Chang

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering

changliu( at )northwestern.edu
Micro-fabrication technology; nanofabrication; bio-inspired sensors; smart integrated systems
Liu,
                                    Wing K.

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical Engineering

w-liu( at )northwestern.edu
Computational nanotechnology; multi-scale analysis and design; modeling of MEMS and NEMS devices; computational biology; reproducing kernel particle and wavelets methods
Lueptow,
                                    Richard M.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Co-Director of Master of Product Development Program

Senior Associate Dean for Research

r-lueptow( at )northwestern.edu
Granular flows; fluid mixing; granular mixing and segregation; Taylor-Couette flows; chaos; reverse osmosis and filtration.
Lynch,
                                    Kevin

Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

kmlynch( at )northwestern.edu
Motion planning and control for robotic manipulation and under-actuated systems; decentralized control of multi-robot systems; physical human-robot interaction
MacIver,
                                    Malcolm A.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

maciver( at )northwestern.edu
Neurobiology of sensorimotor integration; biomechanics; bio-inspired robotics
Marchuk,
                                    Nicholas

Lecturer in Mechatronics and Electromagnetic Design

nick.marchuk( at )u.northwestern.edu
Mechatronics Design Lab
Masanet,
                                    Eric

Morris E. Fine Junior Professor in Materials and Manufacturing

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

eric.masanet( at )northwestern.edu
Energy technology systems; product life-cycle systems; multi-scale and techno-economic models of industrial energy and resource systems
Matkowsky,
                                    Bernard J.

John Evans Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering

b-matkowsky( at )northwestern.edu
Asymptotic and perturbation methods; bifurcation and stability; nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation; combustion; stochastic dynamical systems
Miksis,
                                    Michael J.

Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering

miksis( at )northwestern.edu
Theoretical and computational fluid mechanics; materials science and biology, especially free boundary problems, multiphase flows, and stability theory; asymptotic and perturbation methods; computational methods
Murphey,
                                    Todd

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

t-murphey( at )northwestern.edu
Modeling and control of complex mechanical and biological systems
Ottino,
                                    Julio M.

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering

Distinguished Robert R. McCormick Institute Professor

Dean

jm-ottino( at )northwestern.edu
Complex systems; dynamics of granular matter, mixing and segregation processes
Packman,
                                    Aaron I.

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

a-packman( at )northwestern.edu
Environmental and Microbial Transport Processes
Patankar,
                                    Neelesh A.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

n-patankar( at )northwestern.edu
Fast and efficient algorithms for fully resolved simulation of immersed bodies in fluids
Peshkin,
                                    Michael A.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

peshkin( at )northwestern.edu
Robotics; surface haptics; human-machine interface; rehab robotics; sensors and actuators
Putz,
                                    Karl

Research Assistant Professor

k-putz( at )northwestern.edu
Polymer Nanocomposites, Hierarchically-Structured Graphene Oxide Composites
Qu,
                                    Jianmin

Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

j-qu( at )northwestern.edu
Mechanics of materials; micromechanics; fracture mechanics; reliability of microelectronics packaging; wave propagation and nondestructive evaluation
Rudnicki,
                                    John

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

jwrudn( at )northwestern.edu
Inelastic behavior and failure of solids, especially geomaterials; coupling of deformation with pore fluid diffusion
Sohrab,
                                    Siavash

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

s-sohrab( at )northwestern.edu
Combustion; thermodynamics; fluid mechanics; statistical mechanics; quantum mechanics; gas dynamics; applied mathematics
Sun,
                                    Cheng

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

c-sun( at )northwestern.edu
Scalable 3D nano-fabrication of integrated nano-systems
Umbanhowar,
                                    Paul

Research Associate Professor

umbanhowar( at )northwestern.edu
Granular materials; Robo-physics; Frictional transport
Wang,
                                    Qian Jane

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

qwang( at )northwestern.edu
Contact and interfacial mechanics; tribology; tribological design of mechanical systems
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