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Faculty: Department

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Venkattraman (Venkatt) Ayyaswamy

Assistant Professor

vayyaswamy@ucmerced.edu

+1 (209) 228-2359

SE2 278

  • Stochastic methods for engineering applications
  • Non-equilibrium fluid mechanics and plasma physics
  • Simulating plasma processing of nanostructured materials
  • Nano/microfluidics and microplasma

 

Mehmet Z. Baykara

Assistant Professor

mehmet.baykara@ucmerced.edu

Lab Site

+1 (209) 228-3371

SE2 280

  • Nanomechanics
  • Nanotribology
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Surface Science

Graduate Groups:

  • Mechatronics Control systems
  • Unmanned aircraft systems
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Applied fractional calculus

Po-Ya Abel Chuang

Assistant Professor

achuang5@ucmerced.edu

Lab Site

SE2 277

  • PEM fuel cell
  • Heat exchanger
  • Thermal management
  • Two-phase heat transfer and fluid flow
  • Loop heat pipe
  • Porous material 
  • Carbon fiber

Gerardo Diaz

Associate Professor

gdiaz@ucmerced.edu

Lab Site

SE2 275

  • Energy conversion systems
  • Dynamic simulation and control of thermal systems
  • Adaptive thermal networks
  • Absorption chillers and heat pumps
  • Vapor compression systems with alternate refrigerants
  • Microchannel heat exchangers
  • Artificial neural networks and genetic algorithm for optimization of thermal components

Reza Ehsani

Professor

rehsani@ucmerced.edu

SE2 282

  • Engineering systems for agriculture 
  • Automation and intelligent machines for production and postharvest of agricultural crops 
  • Precision agriculture technology 
  • Sensors for biotic and abiotic plant stress detection 
  • Mechanical harvesting machines and robotic systems for fruit and nut trees

Sachin Goyal

Sachin Goyal

Assistant Professor

sgoyal2@ucmerced.edu

SE2 271

  • Computational dynamics, mechanics and controls, with applications primarily in micro-scale biological systems
  • Continuum-dynamics- and multi-body-dynamics-based modeling, and inverse modeling, of DNA and proteins, and their interactions
  • Constitutive law modeling of bio-filaments from their molecular dynamics simulations

Min Hwan Lee

Assistant Professor

mlee49@ucmerced.edu

Lab Site

SE2 276

  • Electrochemical energy conversion and storage (e.g., fuel cells and batteries)
  • Next generation non-volatile memory (e.g., resistive switching memory)
  • Electrochemical nano-patterning
  • Nanoscale electrochemistry
  • Nanoscale material interface and surface phenomena
  • Scanning probe microscopy based observations

Yanbao Ma

Yanbao Ma

Associate Professor

yma5@ucmerced.edu

Lab Site

SE2 279

  • Mesoscale non-diffusive heat transfer
  • Mesoscale mass and energy transport in energy systems
  • Thermal management of electronics and energy systems
  • Environment-friendly water desalination systems
     

Ashlie Martini

Associate Professor

amartini@ucmerced.edu

Lab Site

SE2 272

Tribology: Friction, wear and lubrication

Michael Modest

  • Radiative heat transfer
  • Heat transfer in combustion
  • Heat transfer in hypersonic plasma

James Palko

James Palko

Assistant Professor

Lab Site

SE2 281

Thermal and electrokinetic transport processes with applications in:

  • Thermal management
  • Energy storage
  • Water purification
  • Advanced manufacturing

  • Vibrations
  • Noise Control
  • Industrial Automation
  • Sensors
  • Actuators
  • Bio-Mechanics
  • Physical Rehabilitation