Faculty

Venkat Chandrasekaran

Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering

Chandrasekaran’s research interests broadly lie in mathematical optimization and its interface with topics in the information sciences.  Specific areas of interest include convex optimization, mathematical signal processing, graphs and combinatorial optimization, applied algebraic geometry, computational harmonic analysis, and statistical inference.

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Soon-Jo Chung

Bren Professor of Aerospace; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist

Professor Chung's research focuses on distributed spacecraft systems, space autonomous systems, and aerospace robotics, and in particular, on the theory and application of complex nonlinear dynamics, control, estimation, guidance, and navigation of autonomous space and air vehicles.

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Tim Colonius

Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Colonius studies complex, multiscale flow phenomena and their control using theory, numerical experiments, and simulations. Simulations from his lab have provided key insights into such subject areas as turbulence, instabilities, sources of sound, and shock and bubble dynamics. His research has broad applications—from ultrasound imaging and therapy to mitigating jet noise to generating energy from flow systems.

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John O. Dabiri

Centennial Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

John Dabiri’s research focuses on unsteady fluid mechanics and flow physics, with particular emphasis on topics relevant to biology, energy, and the environment. Current interests include biological fluid dynamics in the ocean, next-generation wind energy, and development of new experimental methods. 

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Chiara Daraio

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics

Professor Daraio focuses on materials science, condensed matter physics, and solid mechanics. Her lab is primarily interested in:

1. Developing a physical understanding of how stress propagates in nonlinear, ordered and disordered solid media at length scales ranging from nanometers to meters.

2. Studing the fundamental connections between structure and function in different physical domains (temperature sensitivity, electrical conductivity, etc.).

3. Exploiting this understanding for the creation of new materials and devices for engineering applications ranging from optomechanics to shock absorption.

To achieve these goals, her research takes advantage of nonlinearities in local material interactions (e.g., Hertzian contact interactions between particles or nonlinear interactions between nanostructures) to create novel systems and new materials with unprecedented global properties. These materials are composite systems in which typically basis elements that interact are arranged in well-defined geometries, such that the aggregate system as a whole exhibits properties that are not usually found in natural systems and can be exploited in engineering applications. Our work is primarily experimental, but it is informed by numerical and analytical studies, which serve as a guide in metamaterial construction and validation of their properties.

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Mathieu Desbrun

Carl F Braun Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Applied geometry (geometry processing, meshing, and computer graphics); Discrete differential modeling (differential, yet readily-discretizable tools for computational modeling); finite element modeling.

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Michael H. Dickinson

Esther M. and Abe M. Zarem Professor of Bioengineering and Aeronautics

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Paul E. Dimotakis

John K. Northrop Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Applied Physics

Professor Dimotakis focuses on experimental and computational research on turbulent mixing and chemical reactions in subsonic and supersonic free-shear flows; hypersonic propulsion; mixing and the geometry of surfaces and interfaces in turbulence; scalar dispersion in turbulent flows; and related areas.

Space-Related Research

Recent space-related research has been in collaboration with JPL on remote sensing of the atmosphere from space and on the technical feasibility of an asteroid-return mission. Other space-related research has been on high-speed/hypersonic endoatmospheric flight and propulsion, and parachute dynamics for entry, descent, and landing, as well as physics and issues related to a Europa melt-probe to descend to the liquid-water layer.

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John Doyle

Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Bioengineering

Doyle's research is on theoretical foundations for complex tech, bio, med, neuro, and social networks integrating control, communications, computing, and multiscale physics. Layered architectures such as brains integrate high level planning with fast lower level sensing, reflex, and action and facilitate learning, adaptation, augmentation (tools), and teamwork, despite being implemented in energy efficient hardware with sparse, quantized, noisy, delayed, and saturating sensing, communications, computing, and actuation, on time scales from milliseconds to minutes to days.  We are developing a mathematical framework that deals with all of these features and constraints in a coherent and rigorous way with broad applications in science, technology, ecology, and society.

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Michelle Effros

George Van Osdol Professor of Electrical Engineering

Professor Effros' research interests include information theory, data compression, and network communications.  

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Michael Elowitz

Professor of Biology and Bioengineering; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Executive Officer for Biological Engineering

Professor Elowitz works in the areas of systems and synthetic biology. His research seeks to understand fundamental design principles underlying the architecture and dynamics of gene circuits, including the functional role that stochasticity, or 'noise', plays in the cell.  To do so, he analyzes gene circuit behavior at the level of individual cells using time-lapse microscopy, designs and engineers synthetic genetic circuits that are sufficient to enable specific behaviors, and employs mathematical modeling.

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Azita Emami

Andrew and Peggy Cherng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute; Executive Officer for Electrical Engineering

Professor Emami works to design and develop high-performance, reliable, low-power mixed-mode circuits in highly scalable technologies that can lead to the advancement of theory and creation of new tools. The applications for this work cover everything from mixed-signal integrated circuits for digital data communication, low-power circuit and system solutions, very-large-scale-integrated (VSLI) systems, circuits at the interfaces, optoelectronics, and biomedical implants.

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Katherine Faber

Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science

Katherine Faber is interested in the fracture of brittle materials and mechanisms by which such materials can be toughened and strengthened. Her studies comprise ceramics for energy-related applications including thermal and environmental barrier coatings for power generation components and porous solids for filters and flow in applications that extend to medicine. She has also worked with art museums on scientific studies in the arts, where advanced materials characterization and analytical techniques are used in support of conservation science.

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Andrei Faraon

Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering

Faraon's research interests are in solid state quantum optics and nano-photonics. Applications include quantum information processing, on-chip optical signal processing at ultra-low power levels, energy efficient sensors, bio-photonics.

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Richard C. Flagan

Irma and Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Science and Engineering

Professor Flagan focuses on aerosols, and includes studies of secondary organic aerosols in the atmosphere, of biological particles such as pollen and their health impacts, and of the formation of particles and clouds in the atmosphere of Titan. At the center of his work is the development of methods for the physical, chemical, and biochemical characterization of aerosol particles ranging from particles as small a 1 nm diameter to pollen grains that can exceed 100 µm in size. He also applies methods derived from aerosol science to the study of phase transitions in materials, and the development of separations technologies.

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Brent Fultz

Barbara and Stanley R. Rawn, Jr., Professor of Materials Science and Applied Physics

Professor Fultz focuses on materials physics and materials chemistry, presently with two emphases. One is on the origin of entropy, as studied by neutron scattering and computation. This has expanded to other thermophysical properties. The second is on new materials for energy storage, especially H-storage materials.

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Wei Gao

Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering

Professor Gao’s primary research interest is in the development of novel bioelectronic devices for personalized and precision medicine: wearable and flexible biosensors that can analyze the various biomarkers in body fluids for real-time continuous health monitoring and early diagnosis, and synthetic micro/nanomachines for rapid drug delivery and precision surgery. His research thrusts include fundamental materials innovation as well as practical device and system level applications in translational medicine.

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Morteza Gharib

Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering; Booth-Kresa Leadership Chair, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories; Director, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies

Professor Gharib’s current research interests in conventional fluid dynamics and aeronautics include

Vortex dynamics, active and passive flow control, nano/micro fluid dynamics, autonomous flight and underwater systems, as well as advanced flow-imaging diagnostics.

His bio-mechanics and medical engineering research activities can be categorized in two areas:

1.      fluid dynamics of physiological machines such as the human cardiovascular system and ophthalmology as well as aquatic-breathing/propulsion

2.      development of medical devices such as heart valves, cardiovascular and human eye health monitoring and drug delivery systems

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William A. Goddard, III

Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics

Goddard has been a pioneer in developing methods for quantum mechanics (QM), force fields (FF), reactive dynamics (ReaxFF RD), electron dynamics (eFF), molecular dynamics (MD), and Monte Carlo (MC) predictions on chemical, catalytic, and biochemical materials systems.

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Julia R. Greer

Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Mechanics and Medical Engineering; Fletcher Jones Foundation Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute

Professor Greer focuses on nano-scale phenomena: mechanical properties, in-situ deformation, and nano-fabrication.

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