Research-Related Faculty


Rebecca Anthony

Rebecca has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota (2011). Before that, she attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where she majored in Physics (2003). Her research interests include plasmas for synthesis of semiconductor nanostructures, gas-phase processing and functionalization of nanostructures, and aerosol deposition of functional films. The applications for these nanostructures and materials range from energy-oriented devices like light-emitting diodes and solar cells to biological imaging agents.

Rebecca enjoys running, cooking, and block-printing. Her husband is a doctor and informaticist who had a previous life as a photographer, and her young daughter (11 months at the time of writing) enjoys dancing to any kind of music.


Jes Asmussen

He conducts research concerned with the invention, diagnosis and the application of microwave plasma free radical sources, microwave broad-beam ion sources, microwave plasma thin film deposition and microwave plasma etching techniques, microwave ion engines and microwave electrothermal engines for spacecraft propulsion and specialized microwave applicators for processing layered polymeric and/or composite materials.


Ronald Averill

Computational mechanics, composite structures, laminated plate theory, crashworthiness, design optimization, finite element method.


Venkatesh Balan

Biomass process engineering, Biomass conversion, Renewable energy, Value added products from agricultural residues and Modeling integrated agricultural operations.


Shanker Balasubramaniam

His research interests include all aspects of computational electromagnetics, and electromagnetic wave propagation in complex media. He has authored/coauthored more than 70 journal articles and presented over 120 papers at conferences. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a full member of the United States National Committee (USNC) for the International Union for Radio Science (URSI) Commission B. He is also an Associate Editor for the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (AWPL).


Andre Benard

Transport phenomena in materials processing, heat transfer, polymers and composites microstructures, multiphase problems, finite elements.


Kris Berglund

New and alternative uses of agricultural and forest raw materials; separation, purification, and crystallization processes for food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. Distilled beverage technology.


Giles Brereton

Turbulence and its prediction; unsteady fluid mechanics; IC engine flows; cardiovascular flows; nucleation and non-equilibrium thermodynamics; nonlinear acoustics.


Scott Calabrese Barton

Electrochemical engineering with a focus in catalysis and transport in electrochemical energy systems, from experimental and theoretical perspectives.


Shantanu Chakrabartty

His research group focuses on three aspects of hybrid circuits and systems: MORPHING - Investigating neural inspired circuits; SYNTHESIS - Using hybrid computational elements (biological and silicon) to design biomolecular circuits and systems; MONITORING - Embedded and implantable monitoring of natural and engineered systems.


Jongeun Choi

Jongeun Choi received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006 and 2002 respectively. He also received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Design and Production Engineering from Yonsei University at Seoul, Republic of Korea in 1998. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Michigan State University.

His research interests include systems and control, system identification, and Bayesian approaches, with applications to mobile robotic sensors, environmental adaptive sampling, engine control, and biomedical problems. He was a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award in 2009. His papers were finalists for the Best Student Paper Award at the 24th American Control Conference (ACC) 2005 and the Dynamic System and Control Conference (DSCC) 2011 and 2012. Dr. Choi is a member of ASME.


Bruce Dale

Biochemical engineering; bioremediation, biomass conversion; biobased industrial products, value-added agriculture, life cycle assessments; industrial ecology; ecological engineering. Utilization of cellulose and other renewable resources, rate limiting processes in biological systems, modeling of integrated economic/environmental systems.


Lawrence Drzal

Graphene; graphite; carbon; cellulose; nanoparticles; nanotechnology; nanocomposites, surfaces; interfaces; polymers, adhesion, surface chemistry; surface characterization; polymer composite processing; ultraviolet light; cellulose nanowhiskers; microfibers; batteries; solar cells; supercapacitors; conductive films.


Brian Feeny

Brian Feeny's research interests are in dynamics and vibration, with current activities in nonlinear dynamics, chaos, proper orthogonal decomposition, friction dynamics, waves, and system identification. Some current applications include wind-turbine blade dynamics, vibrations of sports equipment and power tools, vibration absorbers, and bio-locomotion.


John Foss

Analytical experimentation (determination of governing phenomena using flow field measurements), general fluid mechanics, turbulent shear flows, vorticity measurements, and automotive applications.


David Hodge

Biomass Conversion; Biobased Industrial Products; Biotechnology; Energy Production; Process Optimization, Modeling, and Control.


Farhad Jaberi

Thermal-fluid science and engineering, turbulence, mixing and reaction, large scale and high performance computations, statistical modeling, multiphase transport, propulsion, micro-scale transport and combustion.


M Koochesfahani

Turbulent shear flows and turbulent mixing, unsteady fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, stability of shear flows, IC engine flow and control, micro and nano flows, optical diagnostics techniques, molecular tagging diagnostics, Quantum Dot (QD) imaging of fluid flow.


Carl Lira

Thermodynamics of complex systems; adsorption behavior, molecular simulations; property measurements, mixture behavior and separation design for biorenewable fuels and chemicals.

Richard Lunt
Richard Lunt

Alternative Energy and Utilization, Organic Electronics, Thin-film Photovoltaics, Organic Light Emitting Diodes, Colloidal Quantum Dots, Vapor-Phase Deposition and Quasi-Epitaxy


Dennis Miller

Reaction engineering, catalysis; chemicals from renewable feedstocks; gasification and related thermochemical conversions; hydrogenation; reactive separations.


Donald Morelli

Semiconductors for energy conversion, new thermoelectric materials, thermal and electronic transport properties of solids


Norbert Mueller

Turbomachinery, centrifugal compressors, wave rotors, refrigeration and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) with natural refrigerants, micro-fabricated energy systems such as Brayton and Rankine cycle devices, heat exchangers and fuel cells with integrated nano sensors, highly efficient and environmentally friendly energy conversion systems, including the use of solar, wind, tidal, geothermal energy and clean fuels, high-speed drives and bearings, mechatronics.

Fang Peng
Fang Z. Peng

His principle scholarly interests include power electronics, motor drives, hybrid electric vehicles, and renewable energy interface systems. Peng is also the director of the MSU Power Electronics and Motor Drives Laboratory. Electronics focuses on advanced R&D on power conversion technology and motor control for renewable energy, utility and transportation applications. The lab consists of a low-voltage (three-phase 480 V) lab and a medium-voltage (three-phase 6,000 V) lab for conducting research, development, and testing of power converters/inverters and motor drives from a fraction of kVA to ten MVA


Clark Radcliffe

Design of dynamic systems, modeling, and control of mechatronic systems, numerical and experimental methods for dynamic model validation, software for optimal vibration isolation system design, acoustic response measurement, acoustic modeling and active control, Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) of automotive structures, active control of continuous structures, controllable fluids such as electrorheological fluids, and magnetorheological fluids internet-based, distributed, engineering design.


Kunwar Rajendra

Intelligent Transportation Systems, including Advanced Transportation Systems (ATMS), Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS), Commercial Vehicles Operations (CVO), Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII), Systems Analysis, Operations, International Border Crossing Systems, Homeland Security systems, International issues in Transportation including safety, tele-communications and congestion; Training and Education; Economic analysis of intelligent systems and advanced technologies. Involved in International activities such as presentations at IIT Roorkee in India, as a member of the Board of ITITI in India, help in academics and administrative planning. Teaching courses at MSU related to South Asia. Member of Asian Studies Center core faculty and Chair of MSU India Council, an MSU endowment.


Donnie Reinhard

His research is in the area of electronic and optical materials and devices, including microstuctures. Particular emphasis is on the synthesis of diamond and applications of diamond. An example of a recent diamond-related investigation is collaborative work with the National Superconducting Cyclotron Facility on the use of diamond foils for electron stripping of heavy ion beams. In this Department of Energy funded research, beams of xenon ions were accelerated through 1 micrometer thick diamond foils. Diamond electron-stripping foils, as illustrated in Figure 1, offer the potential of significantly longer life-times than conventional foils.

Jeff Sakamoto
Jeff Sakamoto

As a materials scientist and chemical engineer with an interest in synthesis, processing, and functionalization of ceramics and hydrogels, my research is interdisciplinary guided by the fields of energy storage/conversion and biomedicine.   I argue that the entire length scale, from atoms to the macro scale and everything in between, must be viewed holistically in the design, synthesis and development of advanced materials and materials technology.  Porosity is central to my group’s research.  In some instances porosity, particularly at the nano scale, enables the solution-based synthesis of complex and often metastable ceramics and hydrogels with unique electrochemical, biological and mechanical properties.  In other aspects of my group’s research, ironically, porosity is initially used to synthesize complex materials, in gels and powder form, to enhance subsequent densification.  Essentially, I am interested in ceramics and hydrogels with a focus on studying the interplay between length scales and the absence of mass (porosity or vacancies). I hope to use this experience to discover and develop new materials and materials technology for energy and biomedicine.


Harold Schock

Thermodynamics, combustion, optical diagnostics, turbulence, internal combustion engines.


Craig Somerton

Transport phenomena in porous media. Computer aided design of thermal systems. Convective heat transfer. Heat transfer in automotive applications. Continuous quality improvement in engineering education.


Elias Strangas

Electrical machinery, finite-element methods for electromagnetic fields, electrical drives, power electronics.


Rodney Tabaczynski

Thermodynamics, internal combustion engines, turbulent microscales, sustainable energy, electrification of the automobile and biofuels.


John Verboncoeur

Computational plasma physics, electromagnetics, beam physics, high field effects including sheath formation, field emission, multipactor, and breakdown, laser-plasma interactions, plasma edge effects, transport, numerical methods, object-oriented techniques applied to scientific computing, visualization, plasma waves and boundary phenomena. Applications include microwave-beam devices, charged particle beam optics, fusion and other energy applications, accelerators, plasma thrusters, low pressure discharges for plasma processing, and high pressure discharges including plasma display panels and fluorescent lamps.


Chang Wang

Laminar fluid mechanics, heat conduction and convection, vibration and stability of membranes, beams and plates, physiological modeling.


Bingsen Wang

Bingsen Wang obtained his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 2006. His current research interests focus on modeling and control of power electronic systems, power converter topologies, application of power electronics in renewable energy generation, and vector control of AC electric drive systems.


Guowei Wei
  • Mathematical molecular biosciences; Mathematical biophysics; Variational multiscale models; Ion channel transport; Proton transport; PDE modeling of biomolecular surfaces; Virus capsid modeling.
  • Bioimaging; Geometric flow approaches to images and surfaces; PDE transform; Image edge analysis by coupled PDEs; Bioluminescence tomography.
  • High order interface methods; Matched interface and boundary (MIB); Multidomain interface problems.
  • Modeling and computation of nano-electronic devices; Nanofluidic systems; Nano-bio sensors.
  • Quantum kinetic theory; Transport theory; Quantum Boltzmann equation.
  • Wavelet and local spectral methods for PDEs; Computational electromagnetics; Computational fluid dynamics; Richtmyer-Meshkov instability; Structural analysis.
  • Dynamical systems; Controlling chaos ; Controlling turbulence; Controlling pattern formation.

Tim Whitehead

We are a young lab that designs and engineers functional proteins. We are focused on the development of computational and experimental tools as well astwo major areas for the application of these methods: (1) the microbial-mediated conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals that more closely approximate petroleum-derived feedstocks; and (2) development of antibody and antibody-like molecules for use as protein therapeutics against viral pathogens.


Shuitao Yang

Guoming Zhu

Closed loop combustion control, automotive system ID and control, optimal control of hybrid powertrain systems, powertrain system modeling and HIL simulation, combustion sensing, control of TEG (thermo-electric generator), application of the smart material to automotive systems.