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Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


Christopher Viney

Professor and Chair (MSE)

SE2 286

  • Biomolecular materials (design of materials synthesis, assembly, processing and physical optimization strategies based on examples from nature)
  • Physical science and engineering of polymers and liquid crystals (structure-property-processing relationships)

Elizabeth Nowadnick

Elizabeth Nowadnick

Assistant Professor

SE2 285

  • Computational materials science
  • Complex oxide
  • Energy materials
  • Quantum materials

Jennifer Lu

Jennifer Lu

Associate Professor

(209) 228-4755

SE2 280

Professor Lu's Functional Materials Laboratory conducts fundamental scientific investigation aiming for creating new transducer materials, capable of efficiently converting one type of energy (or force) into another. Through design, synthesis, fabrication and characterization of molecular- and nano- building blocks that are arranged in a spatially predefined manner, these new platforms could enable technological breakthroughs in fields spanning from life science to green energy to soft robotics. Current research projects are:

  • Low-energy Driven Thermal Contraction Polymer System
  • 3D Nanocarbon Monolith for Sustainable Energy
  • Dynamic hydrogel for exerting spatiotemporal forces for Stem Cell Differentiation

Kara E. McCloskey

Kara McCloskey

Associate Professor

SE1 344

Tissue engineering is a sub/cross discipline that focuses on the design, development and maintenance of tissue products that are used for repairing, improving or restoring tissue function. This field is still in its infancy, and many problems and challenges exist that have yet to be overcome before safe, high-quality engineered tissue products are available in the marketplace. Therefore, my research focuses on:

  • Deriving and characterizing pure populations from stem cells in vitro
  • Comparing the function of such cells with mature cells derived in vivo
  • Using these cells towards regenerative medicine applications
  • Tissue engineering and cell therapy approaches
  • Cardiovascular cell lineage, but plan to expand into other cell systems long-term

Roberto Andresen Eguiluz

  • Biolubrication
  • Mechanobiology
  • Adhesion of biological, biologically inspired, and synthetic molecules

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Sarah Kurtz

Professor, Department Chair (MSE) and Graduate Program Chair (MBSE)

SE2 284

  • Understanding trends of growth of renewable energy and research issues that need to be tackled to support continued improvements
  • Identifying the latest research challenges as the solar industry is growing rapidly and addressing these through partnerships with companies
  • Understanding performance of PV systems and how the performance of the system and the grid it feeds into can be improved
  • Understanding and addressing reliability issues with PV systems

Valerie Leppert

  • Electron microscopy
  • Nanomaterials for application in technology and the environment

Yue Jessica Wang

Yue (Jessica) Wang

Assistant Professor

SE2 283

  • 3D printable functional polymers
  • Biomimetic electronic materials
  • Organic structural metamaterials
  • Wearable and implantable (bio)electronics

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