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Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Alejandro Gutiérrez

Assistant Teaching Professor

SRE 353

Tribology: Friction, wear and lubrication

Gerardo Diaz

Associate Professor

SRE 343

  • 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

James Palko

James Palko

Assistant Professor

SRE 355

Thermal and electrokinetic transport processes with applications in:

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

Jian-Qiao Sun

Professor and Chair (ME)

SRE 315

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

Mehmet Z. Baykara

Assistant Professor

(209) 228-3371

SRE 359

  • Nanomechanics
  • Nanotribology
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Surface Science

Michael Modest

Michael Modest

Professor Emeritus

SRE 335

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

Min Hwan Lee

Associate Professor

SRE 349

  • 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

Po-Ya Abel Chuang

Assistant Professor

SRE 361

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

Reza Ehsani


SRE 331

  • 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


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