Research-Related Faculty

Rebecca Anthony
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
Jes Asmussen

Over the last fifty years, Prof. Asmussen has been pioneering the development of: (1) the fundamental knowledge and (2) the application of microwave discharges (MD). His activities have led to the discovery of how to efficiently couple to and control the MD phenomena over a large range of pressures and input power levels. He has applied this knowledge to new MD applications resulting in numerous inventions and microwave plasma devices or plasma machines. Among these are microwave: (1) ion and plasma sources and ion engines, (2) free radical sources, (3) electro-thermal thrusters and (4) plasma CVD diamond deposition machines. His current research interests are aligned to further develop these applications and to transfer these technologies into commercial products. For example, during the past twenty-five years he and his students have investigated the microwave plasma assisted deposition of polycrystalline and single crystalline diamonds. They have developed and patented microwave plasma processing machines and associated process methods that are currently in use in research labs and by private industries around the world.

Ronald Averill
Ronald Averill

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

 Venkatesh Balan
Venkatesh Balan

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

Shanker Balasubramaniam
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
Andre Benard

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

Kris Berglund
Kris Berglund

New and alternative uses of agricultural and forest raw materials. Distilled beverage technology.

Giles Brereton
Giles Brereton

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

Scott Calabrese Barton
Scott Calabrese Barton

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

Jongeun Choi
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
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
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

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 windmill blade dynamics, vibrations of sports equipment and power tools, vibration absorbers, and bio-locomotion.

John Foss
John Foss

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

Shanelle N. Foster
Shanelle N. Foster

Dr. Foster joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor in January 2014.  She is one of two Directors in the Electrical Machines and Drives Laboratory. From 2009 to 2013, she served as project manager of the same laboratory. Her research interests include analysis, control, reliability and manufacturability of rotating and linear electrical machines and drives.

David Hodge
David Hodge

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

Dushyanthi Hoole
Dushyanthi Hoole
Farhad Jaberi
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.

Linos Jacovides
Linos Jacovides

Linos Jacovides joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a professor in January 2014.

His research expertise includes electric propulsion, automotive electrical systems, alternative fuels and energy.

His innovations span more than 40 years and include the development of a 1,000-horsepower induction motor drive and a 4,000 horsepower generator for locomotives. He and his team also introduced automotive electronic systems including exhaust oxygen sensors, micromechanical accelerometers, fuel injectors, electric power steering and permanent magnet motors for propulsion. The design tools he developed during the 1970s are still in use for producing drives for today’s electric/hybrid vehicles.

In June, he became the first recipient of the IEEE Transportation Technologies Award. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association. Linos Jacovides: http://www.egr.msu.edu/news/2014/06/18/pioneering-vision-earns-inaugural-ieee-award.

He is a member of the Committee on “Overcoming Barriers to Electric-Vehicle Deployment”, National Academy of Engineering (ISBN 978-0-309-37217-6, 2015) and the Committee on “Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles. National Academy of Engineering (ISBN: 978-0-309-37388-3, 2015)

James Klausner
James Klausner

James Klausner's research interests focus on thermal, chemical, and fluid transport in a variety of applications including, energy, processing, thermal management, desalination, powder flow, cryogenics, and bioengineering. He has done extensive fundamental work on the dynamics of phase change phenomena, including nucleation and bubble dynamics. He is very interested in sustainable engineering processes and is currently working on using sunlight, water, recycled CO2, and biomass as possible inputs to thermochemical reactors for synthetic fuel production, such as hydrogen and higher order hydrocarbons as the output. Highly concentrated solar radiation is used to drive high temperature thermo-chemical conversion processes. He is also working on using low grade waste heat and un-concentrated solar energy for low temperature desalination. He has developed a number of phase-change thermal management processes that operate at unprecedented heat fluxes. He has a strong interest in light metals processing and energy efficient advanced manufacturing. He has nine patents and copyrights that resulted from his research work.

Prior to joining MSU, James Klausner was an Ebaugh Professor at the University of Florida and also served three years as a Program Director at the U.S. Department of Energy, ARPA-E. He is very active with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and served as Chair of the Heat Transfer Division.

Manoochehr Koochesfahani
Manoochehr Koochesfahani

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

Carl Lira
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
Dennis Miller

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

Sharlissa Moore
Sharlissa Moore

Sharlissa is an Assistant Professor of International Energy Policy jointly appointed between James Madison College and the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. Her teaching and research interests focus on the social, policy, equity, and security dimensions of energy systems, particularly those that cross nation-state borders and are undergoing dramatic change. Sharlissa is writing a book on sustainable development and the Desertec vision, a plan to build solar and wind power plants in North Africa and to link the electricity grid around the Mediterranean region to provide for a 90% renewable energy future for the region. She studied this plan from a regional perspective, from the perspective of the national government in Morocco, and from the perspective of citizens living in desert landscapes in Morocco.

Sharlissa is developing research collaborations in the College of Engineering to study the social and governance aspects of emerging energy technologies. She began her career studying astronomy and physics at Smith College and, since then, has continued to work with engineers and scientists to understand the social and policy dimensions of technology. For example, she has taught courses on sustainability and macroethics for civil engineering students. She has served as the president of Student Pugwash USA, a nonprofit organization that engages science and engineering students in the societal, ethical, and policy dimensions of science and technology. She has also worked in science and technology policy in Washington, DC at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Science and Technology Policy Institute.

Donald Morelli
Donald Morelli

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

Norbert Mueller
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


Merle Potter
Clark Radcliffe
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
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
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.

Harold Schock
Harold Schock

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

Elias Strangas
Elias Strangas

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

Rodney Tabaczynski
Rodney Tabaczynski

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

John Verboncoeur
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.

Bingsen Wang
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.

Chang Wang
Chang Wang

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


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
Tim Whitehead

My group develops general methods to engineer and design biological macromolecules for new and/or enhanced functions. These molecules can be useful as biocatalysts to deconstruct renewable biomass to jet fuel, as diagnostics or therapeutics for recognizing and destroying pandemic viruses, and comprise new metabolic pathways for the environmentally friendly production of medicines.

Junlin Yuan
Junlin Yuan

Junlin Yuan’s research interests include turbulence simulations and modeling, transition and separation control, and fluid-structure interaction. Flow physics interpreted from large-scale simulations are used to develop and improve turbulence models in realistic scenarios in engineering, environmental and biological flows.

Mohsen Zayernouri
Mohsen Zayernouri

Mohsen Zayernouri is the director of the Fractional Mathematics for Anomalous Transport and Hydromechanics (FMATH) group. The overarching theme of research in FMATH is to bring to bear advanced computational tools from applied mathematics and data sciences to develop multi-fidelity and predictive simulation tools for challenging engineering problems, including: stochastic Lévy processes in turbulent flows, shock and interface problems in reacting and multi-phase flows, anomalous transport in porous and disordered materials, sub-/super-diffusion processes in the human brain, and complex bio-materials and tissue engineering. 

 

Research interests:

- Computational fluid dynamics

- Numerical analysis (FEM, spectral & spectral element methods)

- Stochastic modeling and uncertainty quantification

- Nonlocal continuum mechanics for anomalous transport

- High performance computing

 

Guoming Zhu
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.