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Mechanical Engineering Faculty

As a student in the Mechanical Engineering program, you will learn from dedicated educators and researchers. Faculty in the Mechanical Engineering program are recognized globally for their commitments and expertise in the field and receive national research funds from NASA, NSF, and more.


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Michael J Alexander-Ramos

Assistant Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

688 Rhodes Hall


Research Interests:
Multidisciplinary design modeling and optimization; decomposition-based system design optimization; surrogate modeling/metamodeling in engineering analysis and design; automotive systems design; electric/hybrid-electric vehicle design; dynamic systems modeling; structural design
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Randall J Allemang

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

685 Rhodes Hall


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Sam Anand

Professor, Director - Siemens PLM Simulation Technology Center , CEAS - Mechanical Eng

697 Rhodes Hall


Research and Teaching Interests: Intelligent Design, Manufacturing Systems Optimization, Modelling and Optimization of Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Augmented Reality
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Je-Hyeong Bahk

Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering (Jointly Appointed), CEAS - Mechanical Eng

490 Rhodes Hall


Dr. Je-Hyeong Bahk is currently assistant professor jointly at the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Cincinnati, OH, USA, Dr. Bahk has worked in the field of thermoelectrics for more than 10 years since his Ph.D study at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has participated in various research projects on design and fabrication of efficient nanotechnology-based thermoelectric materials and devices, and also developed several online simulation tools on capable of thermoelectric devices and materials simulation for research and education.  
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Rupak K. Banerjee

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

593 Rhodes Hall


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Janet Jiaxiang Dong

Associate Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng Tech

494 Rhodes Hall


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Aimee Frame

Associate Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

589 Rhodes Hall


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Frank M Gerner

Senior Associate Dean, CEAS - Administration

816 Engineering Research Cntr


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Samuel Hongdao Huang

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Thomas Richard Huston

Professor Educator, Mechanical Engineering; Co-director of the Joint Co-op Institute, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

626 Rhodes Hall


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Milind A. Jog

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

687 Rhodes Hall


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Michael Kazmierczak

Associate Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

627 Rhodes Hall


Michael J. Kazmierczak, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. His research is in the general area of conduction and convective heat transfer, and applications thereof (see detailed list of research areas below).
His work includes both theoretical and experimental studies that have resulted in the publications of over 50 peer-reviewed technical articles and conference proceedings. His research has been funded by NSF, NASA, ARMY(CRREL), DOE(ANL).
Prior to joining academia, Dr. Kazmierczak has worked several years in the electric power industry for a design consulting firm and for an electric utility. Duties at Sargent & Lundy focused on the detailed design of several system/subsystems of Zimmer power plant (steam piping and HVAC). At ComEd he worked as a performance engineer at Collins Station responsible for the daily operation of Unit #4 (550 MW oil-fired generating unit) and did monthly reporting and monitoring of the entire Station’s (2794 MW) Heat Rate. He also completed numerous engineering projects and system upgrades, including complete design modification to change out the steam attemperators controls from analog to digital.
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J. Kim

Professor, Department Head, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

598B Rhodes Hall


Dr. Jay Kim is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.  His research and teaching interests are vibration of structures, rotordynamics, acoustics, noise and vibration controls, and engineerng education. He is currently serving as the Department Head, director of Occupational Safety and Health Engineering program and education director of Siemens Simulation Technology Center.     
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Woo Kyun Kim

Assistant Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

497 Rhodes Hall


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Daniel Roy Kiracofe

Asst Professor - Educator, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

624 Rhodes Hall


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Manish Kumar

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

629 Rhodes Hall


Cooperative Distributed Systems Lab
Dr. Manish Kumar directs Cooperative Distributed Systems (CDS) Laboratory, Collaboratory for Medical Innovation and Implementation, and co-directs UAV MASTER Lab. His research interests include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, robotics, decision-making and control in complex systems, multi-sensor data fusion, swarm systems, and multiple robot coordination and control. His research has been supported by funding obtained from National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Higher Education, and several industry. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has served as the Chair of the Robotics Technical Committee of the ASME’s Dynamic Systems and Control Division, and as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurements and Control.
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Jay Lee

Ohio Eminent Scholar and L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor in Advanced Manufacturing

Prof. Jay Lee is Ohio Eminent Scholar, L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor, and Univ. Distinguished Univ.
Professor at the Univ. of Cincinnati and is founding director of National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University
Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) ( which
consists of the Univ. of Cincinnati (lead institution), the Univ. of Michigan, Missouri Univ. of S&T, and the Univ. of
Texas-Austin. Since its inception in 2001, the Center has been supported by over 100 global companies. IMS was
selected as the most economically impactful I/UCRC in the NSF Economic Impact Study Report in 2012 which
reported that the Center has delivered to its members a combined benefit of $847.6 million in cost savings, and that
the Center returned $238.30 of benefits for every $1 invested by the National Science Foundation. He was selected to
be one of the 30 Visionaries in Smart Manufacturing in U.S. by SME in Jan. 2016. In addition, he is co-Founder of
Predictronics (a start-up company through NSF ICorp award in 2012). In addition, his Team has won the 1st Place
PHM Data Challenges five time out of nine competitions since 2008.
Dr. Jay Lee also serves as a board member and vice chairman of Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) to support
Foxconn investment in the establishment of Advanced Manufacturing Science Park (WisconnValley) in WI.
In addition, he serves as a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company, Member of the Global Future Council of
World Economic Forum (WEF), member of Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Board of
Frost Sullivan, etc.
Previously, he served as director for product development and manufacturing at United Technologies
Research Center (UTRC) as well as program directors for a number of programs at NSF including the Engineering
Research Centers Program, the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program, and Materials
Processing, and Manufacturing Program, etc., etc. He also served on the Board on National Research Council (NRC)
Manufacturing and Engineering Design (BMAED) during 1999-2005 as well as a number of NRC Study and
Assessment Panels since 1999. He is a frequently invited speaker and has delivered over 260 keynote and plenary
speeches at major international conferences. He is a Fellow of ASME, SME, PHM (Prognostics and Health
Management), as well as a founding fellow of International Society of Engineering Asset Management (ISEAM).
He has received a number of awards including the Prognostics Innovation Award at NI Week by National
Instruments in 2012, NSF Alex Schwarzkopf Technological Innovation Prize in 2014, MFPT (Machinery Failure
Prevention Technology Society) Jack Frarey Award in 2014, and PICMET Medal of Excellence in 2016.
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Yijun Liu

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Research Affiliate

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Tamara Lorenz

Assistant Professor, Psychology-Mechanical Engineering-Electrical Engineering (jointly appointed), A&S Psychology

4150-E EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center


General - Tamara Lorenz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati. She is jointly affiliated with the Department of Psychology, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computation Science and the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Tamara Lorenz received her diploma (Dipl.-Ing., equivalent to a MSc.) in Mechanical Engineering from Technische Universität München (TUM)  in 2008 and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences at Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany in 2015. During her Ph.D. she was affiliated with both the General and Experimental Psychology Department at LMU and the Institute of Information-Oriented Control at TUM. For her dissertation she explored emergent coordination and adaptation during human joint action and during human interaction with robots in order to create models for safe and acceptable HRI.
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Raj M Manglik

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

684 Rhodes Hall


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Michael Lee Mains

Associate Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

590 Rhodes Hall


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Allyn W. Phillips

Associate Professor - Educator, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

595 Rhodes Hall


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Pablo Mora Sanchez

Assistant Professor Educator, Joint Coop Institute, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

810E Old Chemistry Building


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Mark J Schulz

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

498B Rhodes Hall


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Jing Shi

Associate Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

620R Old Chemistry Building


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Sang Young Son

Associate Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

621 Rhodes Hall


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Henry Spitz

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

500 Old Chemistry Building


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Bingjing Su

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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Murali Sundaram

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

631 Rhodes Hall


Dr. Murali Sundaram is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the College of Engineering, University of Cincinnati. He has over 25 years of professional experience that includes ten years of industrial experience in precision manufacturing and three years of postdoctoral research experience in micro and nanomanufacturing. Dr. Sundaram is a recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. His research interests include Additive Manufacturing, Nano-Manufacturing, Nontraditional Machining, Micromachining, Hybrid Machining, CAD/CAM, Metrology and Process Simulation. Dr. Sundaram is advising/ has co-advised over 25 graduate students (including 6 Ph.D. students) and several undergraduate students. He has authored five book chapters and over 100 refereed publications. Dr. Sundaram serves as Associate Editor of SME's Journal of Manufacturing Processes and is an International Editorial Review Board member of the International Journal of Manufacturing, Materials and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Sundaram is a member of ASME and SME.
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Ala Tabiei

Assoc Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

594 Rhodes Hall


Impact dynamics. Isotropic and anisotropic material modeling for extreme deformation, high rate of loading, and harsh environment. Material strength and experimental evaluation. Computational mechanics. 3-D nonlinear FE code development.
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David F Thompson

Assoc Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

622 Rhodes Hall


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Fu-Lin Tsung

Associate Professor - Practice, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

819C Old Chemistry Building


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Dieter Frans S. Vanderelst

Psychology-Biology-Mechanical Engineering-Electrical Engineering (jointly appointed), A&S Psychology

45150J EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center


SBBE, Sensory ecology, models of bat echolocation and flight control, robotic and computational models of animal behaviour and perception. Models of human cognition.
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Kumar S Vemaganti

Assoc Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

592 Rhodes Hall


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Wei Wang

Joint Coop Institute, CEAS - Mechanical Eng Tech

Rhodes Hall


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Sarah June Watzman

Asst Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

646 Engineering Research Cntr


Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
August 2018 - present
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
University of Cincinnati
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Alex Michael Wouden

Joint Coop Institute, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

810E Old Chemistry Building


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Yongfeng Xu

Asst Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

635 Rhodes Hall


Yongfeng Xu joined the University of Cincinnati as an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering in 2017. He received his BS in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, in 2008. He received his MS and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2013 and 2017.

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Research Interests:
  • Structural dynamics and vibrations
  • Modal analysis
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Laser Doppler vibrometry
  • Digital image correlation
  • Digital signal processing

Professors Emeritus

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David Brown, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Experimental modal analysis; vibrations; system dynamic analysis; acoustics.

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Max Brown, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Machine Design, Safety

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Frank Espelage

Instructor Emeritus

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Urmila Ghia

Professor - Emerita, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

683 Rhodes Hall


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Dan Humpert

Teaching Interest: Planning, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Database, Computer Applications, and Introduction to IT Research Interest: Control Theory and Robotics

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Ronald L Huston

Professor - Adj Research, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

500L Rhodes Hall


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Ernest Lenard Hall

Professor Emeritus, CEAS - Mech Eng and Materials Eng

631 Rhodes Hall


Ernest L. (Ernie) Hall is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering in the School of Dynamic Systems at the University of Cincinnati. He has also held joint appointments with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and collaborates with many faculty and students in the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, the College of Education, the College of Applied Science and various civic groups.
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Phil Quo, JD

Professor Emeritus

Computer aided design and manufacturing, Solid modeling, Engineering Education

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Robert Rost

Associate Professor- Emeritus, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

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Frank R Tepe

Emeritus, RES Office of Research

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James Thorpe, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Kinematics; Machine Design; Fluid Mechanics; Forensic Engineering; Engineering Education.

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Y.G. Tsuei, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Fluid Mechanics

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I.C. Wang, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Finite Element Method, Solid Mechanics, Design