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Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Ala Qattawi

Assistant Professor

aqattawi@ucmerced.edu

SE2 274

  • Modeling and optimization of innovative design and manufacturing processes
  • Origami-based sheet metal forming
  • Knowledge-based manufacturing

Ashlie Martini

Ashlie Martini

Associate Professor

amartini@ucmerced.edu

SE2 272

Tribology: Friction, wear and lubrication

Gerardo C. Diaz

Gerardo Diaz

Associate Professor

gdiaz@ucmerced.edu

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

James Palko

James Palko

Assistant Professor

SE2 281

Thermal and electrokinetic transport processes with applications in:

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

Jian-Qiao Sun

Jian-Qiao Sun

Professor

jsun3@ucmerced.edu

SE2 270

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

Mehmet Z. Baykara

Assistant Professor

mehmet.baykara@ucmerced.edu

(209) 228-3371

SE2 280

  • Nanomechanics
  • Nanotribology
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Surface Science

Graduate Groups:

Michael Modest

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

Min Hwan Lee

Min Hwan Lee

Assistant Professor

mlee49@ucmerced.edu

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

Po-Ya Abel Chuang

Po-Ya Abel Chuang

Assistant Professor

achuang5@ucmerced.edu

SE2 277

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

  • Automation and enhancement of citrus mechanical harvesting machines
  • Precision agriculture techniques for citrus production
  • Applications of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture
  • Real-time sensing of tree health and geometry
  • Disease detection
  • Data communication
  • Variable-rate technology
  • GIS/GPS systems for site-specific management practices

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