Beverley J. McKeon
Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics; EAS Division Deputy Chair
Professor McKeon explores new ways to manipulate or control the boundary layer—the thin layer between a material and flowing air—to improve flow characteristics, such as a reduction of drag, noise, and structural loading or expansion of vehicle performance envelopes during travel. The unifying theme to her work is an experimental and theoretical approach at the intersection of fluid mechanics, control, and materials science to investigate fundamental flow questions, address efficiency and performance challenges in aerospace vehicle design, and respond to the energy conservation imperative in novel and efficient ways.
Specific interests include:
Modeling and control of wall-bounded flows using smart, morphing surfaces. Resolvent analysis as a tool for modeling turbulent, transitional and controlled flows; rigorous, system-level tools for understanding flow physics and design of flow control schemes. Assimilation of experimental data for efficient low-order flow modeling.
Measurement, definition and description of high Reynolds number wall turbulence. Interdisciplinary approaches to experimental flow manipulation for performance enhancement and understanding of fundamental flow physics; application of new materials to flow control.
Fletcher Jones Professor of Aeronautics and Applied and Computational Mathematics
Professor Meiron's research focuses on computation and modelling of basic fluid mechanical phenomena. Particular interests include shock driven flow instabilities, turbulence, simulation approaches for high strain rate solid mechanics. He is also interested on development of adaptive numeriocal methods for such flows that are suitable for high performance computation.
Teaching Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Dr. Mello (Ph.D., Caltech, 2012) is a Teaching Professor with prior industry experience as a Senior Electronic Packaging Engineer and Mechanical Laboratory Manager at Intel Corporation (1997 - 2006). He teaches a broad range of undergraduate courses in Mechanical and Civil Engineering on subject areas which include Rigid Body Statics, Hydrostatics, Mechanics of Materials, Dynamics, CFD / FEA Modeling, Experimental Solid & Fluid Mechanics, and Engineering Design and Fabrication. His research focuses on pressure-shear plate impact (PSPI) experiments and the development of interferometric measurement techniques with Prof. G. Ravichandran’s research group; and Laboratory Earthquake investigations with Prof. Ares J. Rosakis. He is also an Associate Technical Editor for Experimental Mechanics, an international journal integrating experimental methods with the mechanical behavior of materials and structures.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics
Professor Minnich's research focuses on advancing microwave and millimeter-wave technology used in radio astronomy, quantum information science, and other applications. Current topics include investigation of electronic noise and nanofabrication processes for ultralow noise transistor amplifiers and quantum simulation using superconducting qubit quantum computers.
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics
Mirhosseini's research is on the experimental aspects of quantum engineering. His current research focuses on developing and combining superconducting circuits with chip-based phononic and photonic devices at milikelvin temperatures. Long term research goal is to realize interfaces between circuit quantum electrodynamics and quantum optics for applications in quantum computing, communication, and sensing.
Richard M. Murray
Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering; William K. Bowes Jr. Leadership Chair, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering
Research in Richard Murray's group is in the application of feedback and control to networked systems, with applications in biology and autonomy. Current projects include novel control system architectures, biomolecular feedback systems and networked control systems.
Research Professor of Art and Design in Engineering and Applied Science and the Humanities and Social Sciences
Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science
Stevan Nadj-Perge is interested in development of mesoscopic devices for applications in quantum information processing. Such devices also provide a playground for exploring exotic electronic states at (sub)-nano length scales. In his research, he is using scanning tunneling microscopy and electrical transport measurement techniques at cryogenic temperatures.
Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Control and Dynamical Systems
Professor Owhadi’s research concerns the exploration of interplays between numerical approximation, statistical inference and learning from a game theoretic perspective. Whereas the process of discovery is usually based on a combination of trial and error, insight and plain guesswork, his research is motivated by the facilitation/automation possibilities emerging from these interplays.
Bren Professor of Computational Biology and Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Professor Patcher is a computational biologist working in genomics. His career began in comparative genomics, and initially was interested in genome alignment, annotation, and the determination of conserved regions using phylogenetic methods. More recently he's become focused on functional genomics, which includes answering questions about the function and interaction of DNA, RNA and protein products. He's particularly interested in applications of high-throughput sequencing to RNA biology. Genomics requires the development of algorithms, statistical methodology and mathematical foundations, and a major part of his research is therefore on methods.
Oskar J. Painter
John G Braun Professor of Applied Physics and Physics
Professor Oskar Painter's research interests are in nanophotonics, quantum optics, and optomechanics for applications in precision measurement and quantum information science.
Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aerospace and Civil Engineering; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist; Co-Director, Space-Based Solar Power Project
Professor Pellegrino's research focuses on lightweight structures and particularly on problems involving packaging, deployment, shape control and stability.
Allen E. Puckett Professor of Electrical Engineering
Professor Perona's research focusses on vision: how do we see and how can we build machines that see.
Professor Perona is currently interested visual recognition, more specifically visual categorization. He is studying how machines can learn to recognize frogs, cars, faces and trees with minimal human supervision, and how machines can learn from human experts. His project `Visipedia' has produced two smart device apps (iNaturalist and Merlin Bird ID) that anyone can use to recognize the species of plants and animals from a photograph.
In collaboration with Professors Anderson and Dickinson, professor Perona is building vision systems and statistical techniques for measuring actions and activities in fruit flies and mice. This enables geneticists and neuroethologists to investigate the relationship between genes, brains and behavior.
Professor Perona is also interested in studying how humans perform visual tasks, such as searching and recognizing image content. One of his recent projects studies how to harness the visual ability of thousands of people on the web.
Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics, Biology, and Physics
Professor Phillips focuses on physical biology of the cell: models of transcription and active matter, physical genomes, and biophysical approaches to evolution.
Niles A. Pierce
Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering; Executive Officer for Biology and Biological Engineering
Engineering small conditional DNAs and RNAs for signal transduction in vitro, in situ, and in vivo; computational algorithms for the analysis and design of nucleic acid structures, devices, and systems; programmable molecular technologies for readout and regulation of the state of endogenous biological circuitry.
Dale I. Pullin
Robert H. Goddard Professor of Aeronautics
Several active research areas at present; (1) development of large-eddy simulation for high-Reynolds number wall-bounded turbulent flow, particularly bluff-body flows, (2) shock-driven flows in both fluids and solids, (3) development of new numerical methods for the solution of the Boltzman equation.
Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran
John E. Goode, Jr., Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Professor Ravichandran's research focuses on deformation and failure of materials, dynamic behavior, wave propagation, micro/nano mechanics, composites, active materials, biomaterials and cell mechanics, and experimental mechanics.
Ares J. Rosakis
Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering
Solid mechanics, dynamic mechanical properties, ballistic impact, hypervelocity impact of micrometeorites on spacecraft, dynamic fracture and fragmentation, adiabatic shear banding, mechanics of metallic glasses, mechanics of thin films, mechanics of geological materials, restoration of ancient stone monuments, earthquake fault mechanics, induced seismicity.
Research Professor of Bioengineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and Computation and Neural Systems
Michael L. Roukes
Frank J. Roshek Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering
Professor Roukes's research focuses on nanobiotechnology, nanotechnology, nanoscale physics, nanoscale and molecular mechanics.