Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Ashutosh Agrawal
Dr. Ashutosh Agrawal
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N217 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4534
Email ashutosh [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Biophysics, Mechanics of Surfaces and Interfaces
Haleh Ardebili
Dr. Haleh Ardebili
Bill D. Cook Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N223 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-5562
Email hardebili [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Lithium Ion Batteries, Polymer Nanocomposite Electrolytes, Lithium Ion Conduction, Materials for Energy Storage, Electronics Materials
Theocharis Baxevanis
Dr. Theocharis Baxevanis
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N232 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-9165
Email tbaxevanis [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Deformation and failure response of inelastic materials — Continuum thermodynamics; Fracture mechanics; Computational micromechanics; Localization…
Marzia Cescon
Dr. Marzia Cescon
David C. Zimmerman Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location W206 Engineering Building 2
Phone 713-743-2037
Email mcescon2 [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Controls and Dynamical Systems, Information and Decision Systems, Machine Learning, Learning for Control, Modeling and System Identification,…
Christiana Chang
Dr. Christiana Chang
Instructional Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N254 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-5265
Email cchang2 [at] uh.edu
Tian Chen
Dr. Tian "Tim" Chen
Kamel Salama Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone 713-743-2548
Email tianchen [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Meta-materials, Morphing Structures, Computational Design, Advanced Manufacturing and 3D Printing
Xuemei Chen
Dr. Xuemei Chen
Instructional Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location W226 Engineering Building 2
Phone 713-743-4852
Email xchen46 [at] central.uh.edu
Yi-Chao Chen
Dr. Yi-Chao Chen
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N210 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4533
Email chen [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Solid Mechanics
Dr. Zheng Chen
Dr. Zheng Chen
Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location W208 Engineering Building II
Phone 713-743-6427
Email zchen43 [at] central.uh.edu
Research Interests Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Sensors, Bio-inspired Robotics, Energy Storage System, Hydraulic Fracturing Automation
Daniel Floryan
Dr. Daniel Floryan
Kalsi Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N231 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-3557
Email dfloryan [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Fluid Mechanics, Dynamics and Control, Applied Mathematics, Machine Learning and Data Science, Energy and Environment
Matthew A. Franchek
Dr. Matthew A. Franchek
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location W214 Engineering Building 2
Phone 713-743-2758
Email mfranchek [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control—Linear and nonlinear system identification, information synthesis, multivariable control theory,…
Hadi Ghasemi
Dr. Hadi Ghasemi
Cullen Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N229 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-6183
Email hghasemi [at] uh.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
Office Location W212 Engineering Building 2
Phone 713-743-4387
Email karolos [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Dynamic Systems and Controls—Feedback control systems analysis and design, linear and nonlinear systems theory, robust and fault-tolerant control…
Farah Hammami Ep Kammoun
Dr. Farah Hammami Ep Kammoun
Instructional Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location 207 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-9067
Email fhammami [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Nanostructured materials, atomistic simulations, computational mechanics
Shailendra Joshi
Dr. Shailendra Joshi
Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone 713-743-6930
Email shailendra [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Mechanics of Advanced Materials, Computational and Experimental Mechanics, Multi-scale Failure Processes
Yashashree Kulkarni
Dr. Yashashree Kulkarni
Bill D. Cook Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N235 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-3657
Email ykulkarni [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Computational mechanics and materials science
Dong Liu
Dr. Dong Liu
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N212 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4532
Email dongliu [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Microscale Thermal Transport Phenomena
Holley Love
Dr. Holley Love
Instructional Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone 713-743-9045
Email hclove [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Mechanical Circulatory Support, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer in Biomedical Applications, Bioreactors, and Numerical Modelling
Ralph Metcalfe
Dr. Ralph Metcalfe
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N208 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4521
Email metcalfe [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Fluid Mechanics
Andrea Prosperetti
Dr. Andrea Prosperetti
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N214 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-5864
Email aprosperetti [at] uh.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
Office Location N218 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4535
Email rao [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Mathematical Optimization Theory and Algorithms—Parametric nonlinear programming, multilevel algorithms, duality in mechanical design models, game…
Jae-Hyun Ryou
Dr. Jae-Hyun Ryou
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N213 (Eng. Bldg 1) or 102A (ERP Bldg 15)
Phone 713-743-0858
Email jryou [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Materials Science and Engineering - Semiconductor materials and devices for energy/photonic/electronic applications, including flexible electronic…
Venkat Selvamanickam
Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam
M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N237 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4044
Email selva [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Epitaxial thin film growth by PVD and CVD, Single crystalline films on polycrystalline/amorphous substrates, Solidification and crystal growth,…
Pradeep Sharma
Dr. Pradeep Sharma
M.D. Anderson Chair Professor & Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N227 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4502
Email psharma [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Solid mechanics, Theoretical and computational materials science, Multifunctional materials, Flexoelectricity, Mechanics and physics of soft…
Gangbing Song
Dr. Gangbing Song
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location W210 Engineering Building 2
Phone 713-743-4525
Email gsong [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Smart materials and Structures—Adaptive control, Robust control, Dynamics, Robotics, Friction Compensation
Li Sun
Dr. Li Sun
Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Director of Subsea Engineering
Office Location N224 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4509
Email lsun4 [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Multifunctional materials design, fabrication, characterization, manipulation and manufacturing; Novel composites and devices for energy,…
Su Su Wang
Dr. Su Su Wang
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Professor
Office Location N216 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-5057
Email sswang [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Solid Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering—Solid Mechanics, Composite Materials, Materials Science and Engineering
Di Yang
Dr. Di Yang
Associate Professor and Graduate Admissions Director of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location N238 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-7260
Email diyang [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Computational fluid dynamics; large-eddy simulation and direct numerical simulation of turbulent flows; renewable wind, tidal and wave energy;…
Bo Zhao
Dr. Bo Zhao
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Phone 713-743-2557
Email bzhao8 [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Thermal photonics and plasmonics; Photon-mediated heat engines and refrigerators; Electronic, photonic, and thermal circuits; Radiative properties…

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.edu
William J. Thomas
Dr. William J. Thomas
Adjunct Professor
Phone 713-743-4500
Email wjthomas2 [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Metal forming and manufacturing, Drilling geomechanics, Cryogenic containment design

Emeritus Faculty

Richard B. Bannerot
Dr. Richard B. Bannerot
Professor Emeritus
Office Location N231 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4511
Email rbb [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Thermal sciences and engineering education
Hal Brinson
Dr. Hal Brinson
Professor Emeritus
Office Location W216 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4150
Research Interests Experimental Mechanics, Mechanical Properties and Characterization of Adhesives, Composites and Polymers, Viscoelasticity, Accelerated Life…
Charles Dalton
Dr. Charles Dalton
Professor Emeritus
Office Location N218 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4517
Email dalton [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Fluid Mechanics—Computational fluid dynamics applied to flow past bluff bodies.
Stanley Kleis
Dr. Stanley Kleis
Professor Emeritus
Office Location N210 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4536
Email kleis [at] uh.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
Office Location N220 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4518
Email jhl [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Cultural History and Public Radio. (Formerly Thermal Sciences, thermodynamics and Boiling.)
Alan Powell
Dr. Alan Powell
Professor Emeritus
Office Location W216-D3 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4150
Research Interests Acoustics and Aeroacoustics
Kamel Salama
Dr. Kamel Salama
Professor Emeritus
Office Location N214 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4514
Research Interests Materials Science and Metallurgy—Materials Characterization and Processing, Hydrogen Embrittlement, Metal-Matrix Composites, Superconducting…
Nagaraja Shamsundar
Dr. Nagaraja Shamsundar
Professor Emeritus
Office Location N236 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4532
Email shamsundar [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Thermal sciences—Design of energy systems, thermodynamic properties
Lewis T. Wheeler
Dr. Lewis T. Wheeler
Professor Emeritus
Office Location N222 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4519
Email lwheeler [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Continuum Mechanics—Mathematical Elasticity Theory, Lattice Dynamics and Structure
Ken W. White
Dr. Ken W. White
Professor Emeritus
Office Location N212 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4526
Email kwwhite [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Materials Science and Engineering—Ceramic Microstructure development, Mechanical behavior of ceramics and thin films. Electrical-mechanical…
Larry Witte
Dr. Larry Witte
Professor Emeritus
Office Location W438 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4501
Email witte [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Thermal Sciences—Forced and natural convection; boiling heat transfer; sliding bubble heat transfer

Research Faculty

Salavat Aglyamov
Dr. Salavat Aglyamov
Research Assistant Professor
Email saglyamov [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Elastography; Biomechanics of soft tissues; Biomedical imaging; Ultrasound; OCT; Viscoelasticity; Photoacoustics; Contrast agents; Microbubbles;…
Olga Bannova
Dr. Olga Bannova
Research Associate Professor, Director of the Space Architecture Graduate Program
Email obannova [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Planning analyses for a broad range of space vehicles, habitats and systems; inflatable hydroponics laboratory and logistic modules; special…
Dr. Goran Majkic
Research Professor
Email gmajkic [at] uh.edu
Akira Miyase
Dr. Akira Miyase
Research Professor
Office Location W222-D3 Engineering Building 1
Phone 713-743-4537
Email amiyase [at] uh.edu
Research Interests Solid Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering—Solid Mechanics, Composite Materials, Materials Science and Engineering