Interdisciplinary Programs & Research

While many faculty in Mechanical Engineering collaborate across departments, some work in research programs that are interdisciplinary by nature. The ME department hosts four interdisciplinary graduate programs: Advanced Manufacturing, FEA Professional, Operations Research with Engineering and Space Resources. Other faculty conduct research affiliated with the Nuclear Science and Engineering Center and the Payne Institute for Public Policy.

Faculty in Interdisciplinary Programs & Research

Angel Abbud Madrid

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Research Group: Center for Space Resources

Craig Brice

Craig Brice

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Research Group: The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT)

  • Additive manufacturing (AM) in a range of materials from metals to ceramics to polymers
  • Process feedback control of AM systems
  • Qualification and certification of AM processes and parts
  • Alloy design and property development
  • AM education and workforce development
  • Director: Advanced Manufacturing interdisciplinary graduate program

Mark Deinert

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Center Affiliations:
Nuclear Science and Engineering Center, Payne Institute for Public Policy

  • Renewable energy and energy systems
  • Nuclear power
  • Nonequilibrium processes
  • Physics of complex systems
  • Dynamics
Christopher Dreyer

Chris Dreyer

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Center Affiliations: 
Center for Space Resources

  • Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for material analysis
  • Raman spectroscopy for combustion analysis
  • Maritime atmospheric characterization using laser scattering
  • Spectroscopy of ionic liquids
  • Surface probe for asteroid characterization
  • Hollow waveguide cavity ringdown spectroscopy
  • In situ automated rock thin section instrument for planetary science

Alexandra Newman

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Research Group:
Operations Research with Engineering

Andrew Osborne

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Research Center:
Nuclear Science and Engineering Center

  • High performance computing for nuclear reactor multiphysics
  • Numerical methods in neutron transport
  • Machine learning applied to nuclear data
  • Geospatial analytics

Anthony Petrella

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Research Group:  Computational Biomechanics Group

  • Computational biomechanics
  • Experimental study of the musculoskeletal system, specifically spine, hip and knee mechanics
  • Application of advanced nonlinear finite element analysis methods along with subject-specific anatomy and statistical techniques to simulate spinal function
  • Director: FEA Professional interdisciplinary graduate program

George Sowers

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Research Group:
Center for Space Resources

  • Space resources
  • Space transportation and launch systems

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