Faculty

Full-Time Faculty
Ashutosh Agrawal
Dr. Ashutosh Agrawal
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N217 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4534
Email: aagrawa4 [at] central [dot] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Biophysics, Mechanics of Surfaces and Interfaces
Daniel Araya
Dr. Daniel Araya
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N233 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-3093
Email: dbaraya [at] central [dot] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Vortex dynamics, free-shear flows, flow visualization techniques, hydrodynamic stability, flow control, urban aerodynamics, energy storage, biological flows, space exploration.
Haleh Ardebili
Dr. Haleh Ardebili
Bill D. Cook Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N223 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-5562
Email: hardebili [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Lithium Ion Batteries, Polymer Nanocomposite Electrolytes, Lithium Ion Conduction, Materials for Energy Storage, Electronics Materials
Richard B. Bannerot
Dr. Richard B. Bannerot
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N231 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4511
Email: rbb [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Thermal sciences and engineering education
Theocharis Baxevanis
Dr. Theocharis Baxevanis
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N232 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4500
Email: tbaxevanis [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Deformation and failure response of inelastic materials — Continuum thermodynamics; Fracture mechanics; Computational micromechanics; Localization and birfucation
Christiana Chang
Dr. Christiana Chang
Instructional Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N254 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-5265
Email: cchang2 [at] uh [dot] edu
Xuemei Chen
Dr. Xuemei Chen
Instructional Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
W226 Engineering Building 2
Phone: 713-743-4852
Email: xchen46 [at] central [dot] uh [dot] edu
Yi-Chao Chen
Dr. Yi-Chao Chen
Professor and Graduate Director of Mechanical Engineering
N210 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4533
Email: chen [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Solid Mechanics
Matthew A. Franchek
Dr. Matthew A. Franchek
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Subsea Engineering Program
W214 Engineering Building 2
Phone: 713-743-2758
Email: mfranchek [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control—Linear and nonlinear system identification, information synthesis, multivariable control theory, nonlinear control theory, controller...
Hadi Ghasemi
Dr. Hadi Ghasemi
Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N229 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-6183
Email: hghasemi [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Thermodynamics, Heat transfer and Nanotechnology
Karolos Grigoriadis
Dr. Karolos Grigoriadis
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Director of Aerospace Engineering
W212 Engineering Building 2
Phone: 713-743-4387
Email: karolos [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Dynamic Systems and Controls—Feedback control systems analysis and design, linear and nonlinear systems theory, robust and fault-tolerant control, model reduction, filtering,...
Farah Hammami Ep Kammoun
Dr. Farah Hammami Ep Kammoun
Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering
N207 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4500
Email: fhammami [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Nanostructured materials, atomistic simulations, computational mechanics
Yashashree Kulkarni
Dr. Yashashree Kulkarni
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N235 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-3657
Email: ykulkarni [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Computational mechanics and materials science
Dong Liu
Dr. Dong Liu
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N236 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4532
Email: dongliu [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Microscale Thermal Transport Phenomena
Holley Love
Dr. Holley Love
Instructional Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone: 713-743-4500
Email: hclove [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Mechanical Circulatory Support, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer in Biomedical Applications, Bioreactors, and Numerical Modelling
Philippe Masson
Dr. Philippe Masson
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
W204 Engineering Building 2
Phone: 713-743-4605
Email: pjmasson [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Power applications of superconductivity, electromechanical systems, numerical modeling, multi-physics simulations
Anastassios Mavrokefalos
Dr. Anastassios Mavrokefalos
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N234 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4531
Email: amavrokefalos [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Heat Transfer, Thermal Management, Micro/nanoscale Energy Transport, Solid State Energy Conversion
Ralph Metcalfe
Dr. Ralph Metcalfe
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N208 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4521
Email: metcalfe [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Fluid Mechanics
Andrea Prosperetti
Dr. Andrea Prosperetti
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N214 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4500
Email: aprosperetti [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Multiphase flow, scientific computing, fluid dynamics, applied mathematics, bubble dynamics
Jagannatha R. Rao
Dr. Jagannatha Rao
Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Mechanical Engineering
N218 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4535
Email: rao [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Mathematical Optimization Theory and Algorithms—Parametric nonlinear programming, multilevel algorithms, duality in mechanical design models, game theory
Dr. Jae-Hyun Ryou
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N213 (Eng. Bldg 1) or 102A (ERP Bldg 15)
Phone: 713-743-0858
Email: jryou [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Materials Science and Engineering - Semiconductor materials, Photonic/electronic devices, Nanotechnology
Venkat Selvamanickam
Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam
M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N237 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4044
Email: selva [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Epitaxial thin film growth by PVD and CVD, Single crystalline films on polycrystalline/amorphous substrates, Solidification and crystal growth, Oxide...
Sharma
Dr. Pradeep Sharma
M.D. Anderson Chair Professor & Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering
N227 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4502
Email: psharma [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Theoretical and computational materials science, physics of nanostructures and nanomaterials, atomistic simulations, flexoelectricity, nanoscale piezoelectricity,...
Gangbing Song
Dr. Gangbing Song
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Mechanical Engineering
W210 Engineering Building 2
Phone: 713-743-4525
Email: gsong [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Smart materials and Structures—Adaptive control, Robust control, Dynamics, Robotics, Friction Compensation
Li Sun
Dr. Li Sun
Professor and Graduate Admissions Director of Mechanical Engineering
N224 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4509
Email: lsun4 [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Nano-scale Materials Science—Size effects on thermal, electrical and mechanical properties of materials; Nanomagnetics and spin transport in thin films, multilayers, nanowires,...
Su Su Wang
Dr. Su Su Wang
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Professor
N216 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4515
Email: sswang [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Solid Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering—Solid Mechanics, Composite Materials, Materials Science and Engineering
Ken W. White
Dr. Ken W. White
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N212 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4526
Email: kwwhite [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Materials Science and Engineering—Ceramic Microstructure development, Mechanical behavior of ceramics and thin films. Electrical-mechanical coupling in ferroelectric thin films.
Dr. Di Yang
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N238 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-7260
Email: dyang72 [at] central [dot] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Computational fluid dynamics; large-eddy simulation and direct numerical simulation of turbulent flows; renewable wind, tidal and wave energy; environmental fluid mechanics; ocean...
Cunjiang Yu
Dr. Cunjiang Yu
Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
N206 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4487
Email: cyu13 [at] central [dot] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Flexible/stretchable electronics, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Nano-Micro-Macro Manufacturing, Additive Printing, Biomedical Electronics and Sensors, Micro-Nano...
Adjunct Faculty
Dr. John Alred
Adjunct Professor
Phone: 713-743-4500
Benton Baugh
Dr. Benton Baugh
Adjunct Professor
Phone: 713-743-4500
Email: bfbaugh [at] uh [dot] edu
Dr. Fazle Hussain
N207 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4500
Email: fazle [dot] hussain [at] ttu [dot] edu
Phaneendra B. Kondapi
Dr. Phaneendra B. Kondapi
KBR Adjunct Professor
Phone: 713-743-4500
Email: pbkondapi [at] uh [dot] edu
William J. Thomas
Dr. William J. Thomas
Adjunct Professor
Phone: 713-743-4500
Email: wjthomas2 [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Metal forming and manufacturing, Drilling geomechanics, Cryogenic containment design
Emeritus Faculty
Hal Brinson
Dr. Hal Brinson
Professor Emeritus
W216 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4150
Email: hbrinson [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Experimental Mechanics, Mechanical Properties and Characterization of Adhesives, Composites and Polymers, Viscoelasticity, Accelerated Life Prediction Methods
Charles Dalton
Dr. Charles Dalton
Professor Emeritus
N218 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4517
Email: dalton [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Fluid Mechanics—Computational fluid dynamics applied to flow past bluff bodies.
Eichhorn
Dr. Roger Eichhorn
Professor Emeritus
W216-D3 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4383
Email: eichhorn [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and heat transfer with specialization in multiphase flow, natural convection, turbulent channel flow, combustion and boiling heat transfer
Stanley Kleis
Dr. Stanley Kleis
Professor Emeritus
N210 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4536
Email: kleis [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Fluid Mechanics—Turbulent shear flows and fluid mechanics, solid-liquid two phase flows, mass transfer in micro gravity, stratified flows
John Lienhard
Dr. John Lienhard
M.D. Anderson Professor of Technology and Culture, Emeritus
N220 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4518
Email: jhl [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Cultural History and Public Radio. (Formerly Thermal Sciences, thermodynamics and Boiling.)
Powell
Dr. Alan Powell
Professor Emeritus
W216-D3 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4150
Research Interests: Acoustics and Aeroacoustics
Kamel Salama
Dr. Kamel Salama
Professor Emeritus
N214 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4514
Research Interests: Materials Science and Metallurgy—Materials Characterization and Processing, Hydrogen Embrittlement, Metal-Matrix Composites, Superconducting Materials
Shamsundar
Dr. Nagaraja Shamsundar
Professor Emeritus
N236 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4532
Email: shamsundar [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Thermal sciences—Design of energy systems, thermodynamic properties
Lewis T. Wheeler
Dr. Lewis T. Wheeler
Professor Emeritus
N222 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4519
Email: lwheeler [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Continuum Mechanics—Mathematical Elasticity Theory, Lattice Dynamics and Structure
Larry Witte
Dr. Larry Witte
Professor Emeritus
W438 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4501
Email: witte [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Thermal Sciences—Forced and natural convection; boiling heat transfer; sliding bubble heat transfer
Research Faculty
Akira Miyase
Dr. Akira Miyase
Research Professor
W222-D3 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4537
Email: amiyase [at] uh [dot] edu
Research Interests: Solid Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering—Solid Mechanics, Composite Materials, Materials Science and Engineering