Mechanical Engineering

Faculty

Director - Ofodike A. Ezekoye, Ph.D.

Director - Ofodike A. Ezekoye, Ph.D. | Heat Transfer in Industrial Systems
Dr. Ofodike Ezekoye is an expert in combustion and heat transfer in high temperature and reacting systems such as combustion engines, furnaces, and structure fires. In recent years, he has been a pi or co-pi on funded research from the Department of Commerce, AFOSR, and DOE. He has published over 200 journal and conference papers in heat transfer and combustion. His research covers a range of applications from fundamentals of combustion systems to scientific support of the fire service in developing fire-fighting tactics.

Vaibhav Bahadur

Vaibhav Bahadur, Ph.D. | Fluid Mechanics in Industrial Processes
Dr. Vaibhav Bahadur has four years of industry R&D experience, most recently in GE Global Research where he worked in the areas of flow assurance and efficiency as well as enhancement of power plant components. Dr. Bahadur has more than 20 journal and conference publications, and six patent applications. His research is targeted at a broad fundamental understanding of microscale thermal-fluid transport phenomena that impact power generation, oil and gas flow assurance, and thermal management sectors.

Michael Bryant

Michael Bryant, Ph.D. | Introduction to Manufacturing Systems
Dr. Bryant specializes in tribology (study of friction, wear, lubrication, and associated devices such as bearings, brushes and brakes), the design of mechatronic systems (integrated mechanical and electronic systems), system diagnostics of machinery, and is developing a new class of computers for solution of differential equations. Dr. Bryant is a faculty member of the Dynamic Systems & Control and Manufacturing & Design programs of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Rich Crawford, Ph.D.

Rich Crawford, Ph.D. | Engineering Design and Innovation
Dr. Richard H. Crawford is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and is the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow No. 3. Dr. Crawford’s research interests cover a wide spectrum of topics in computer aided mechanical design, design theory and methodology.

Dragan Djurdjanovic

Dragan Djurdjanovic, Ph.D. | Statistical Methods for Process Control and Manufacturing
Dr. Djurdjanovic’s performs research in modeling, diagnostics and control of complex systems, with applications in advanced manufacturing and automotive engineering. He leads the NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center on Intelligent Maintenance Systems at the University of Texas, where numerous companies, including Intel, Texas Instruments, National Instruments and others, collaboratively pursue solutions to challenging problems in systems monitoring, process control and maintenance.

Raul Longoria , Ph.D.

Raul Longoria, Ph.D. | Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Physical Systems
Dr. Raul G. Longoria’s teaching and research interests focus on development and application of multi-disciplinary dynamic system modeling, vehicle system dynamics and controls, electromechanical system modeling and simulation, and medical device design and development for cardiovascular applications. Dr. Longoria is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, and a member of the ASME, IEEE, SAE, and ISTVS, and ASAIO.

James K. Mikulak, Ph.D.

James K. Mikulak, Ph.D. | Material Science and Engineering
Dr. Mikulak has a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin Materials Science program and a both an MS and BS also from the University of Texas at Austin in Mechanical Engineering. Over the past 30 plus years, he has started and run several engineering and technology based businesses. He is currently leading a new business in the additive manufacturing materials space. He enjoys teaching, and while in the PhD program he won departmental teaching awards.

Steve Nichols J.D., Ph.D.

Steve Nichols J.D., Ph.D. | Enterprise of Technology
As the Director of the M.S.E. in Engineering management, Dr. Nichols focus on creating and nurturing a culture of technology innovation, creativity, leadership, and entrepreneurship in the program.

Mitchell W. Pryor, Ph.D.

Mitchell W. Pryor, Ph.D. | Applied Dynamics and Feedback Control
Dr. Mitch Pryor earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on operational software and algorithms for robotics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002. His research focuses on the development of generalized operational software components for robotic systems. While initially focusing on the development of control and decision-making algorithms for serial manipulators, these efforts have since been generalized to mobile manipulation and automation workcell applications. Current research application areas include glovebox manufacturing/automation in hazardous environments, and mobile manipulators that interact with their environment.

Erich Schneider, Ph.D.

Erich Schneider, Ph.D. | Graduate Advisor
Dr. Erich Schneider earned his Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University in 2002. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 2006. Dr. Schneider is affiliated with the Nuclear Radiation Engineering Program.

Yaguo Wang, Ph.D.

Yaguo Wang, Ph.D. | Applied Thermodynamics
Dr. Wang received her Bachelor's degree in Safety Science and Engineering at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2005 and her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Indiana, in 2011. Dr. Wang's research focuses on the study of micro/nano-scale heat transfer in nanomaterials, as well as fundamental phonon/electron dynamics with optical spectroscopy. Her research addresses many fundamental problems encountered in a wide variety of disciplines: thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, gas fuel generation, quantum-cascade lasers, etc.