Research News


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Dr. Adam Wickenheiser (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering): Dr. Adam Wickenheiser uses smart materials to develop sensors and actuators for bird-scale aircraft, which are one- to two-foot, unmanned aircraft that may one day be used for monitoring or surveillance missions close to the ground or within cities.

So Much Potential

Dr. Lijie “Grace” Zhang (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering): Dr. Lijie “Grace” Zhang and her research partners work to find the optimum conditions to develop stem cells for tissue regeneration—that is, they want to be able to better control the stem cell behavior so that it will change to the specific tissues they are trying to regenerate.

Making Predictions

Dr. Tianshu Li (Civil & Environmental Engineering): As engineering moves further into nanoscale technologies, computational materials scientists like Dr. Tianshu Li are playing an increasingly important role in the materials science field, a field once dominated by experimentalists.

The Bridge

Dr. Joseph Barbera (Engineering Management & Systems Engineering): He‘s a doctor—an emergency physician, actually—who is on the engineering faculty . . . and he sees his job as building bridges, but not the concrete or steel variety. Dr. Joseph Barbera sees management science as the bridge that can connect colleagues across disciplines that otherwise do not often communicate or coordinate with each other.

A Quick Start

Dr. Philippe Bardet (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering): Dr. Philippe Bardet and his SEAS colleagues, Drs. Elias Balaras and Majid Manzari, have an $860,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to devise a model to simulate the impact of earthquake-induced fuel rod vibrations inside a nuclear reactor. By developing better predictive tools, they hope to better refine the safety limits of particular reactors.