Faculty Areas of Expertise




Gregory Chini

Associate Professor

Fluid Dynamics/Physical Applied Mathematics

Mathematical analysis and computational modeling of geophysical (especially oceanographic), environmental, biological and industrial flows.


Diane Foster


Ocean Engineering

Fluid-sediment interactions in coastal environments, ocean bottom boundary layer and sediment dynamics, fluid-structure-Sediment of submarine objects (i.e. mines, piers), Optical and wireless sensor development for ocean applications, suspension and transport of mixed-grain sediment.


Barry Fussell


Manufacturing/Electro-mechanical Systems

Smart machining systems, cutting force modeling, model uncertainty, tool condition monitoring, chatter detection and control, wireless sensors, and electromechanical systems.


Todd Gross


Materials Science/ Materials Systems

Mechanical behavior of material systems, mechanical behavior of composites, nanoscale deformation, scanning probe microscopy and nanoindentation methods.


John Hughes Clarke


Seabed Mapping

Integrated seabed mapping sonar systems, monitoring seabed deformation, sediment transport, acoustic seabed classification.


Brad Kinsey



Electromagnetic forming and magnetic pulsed welding, materials characterization, stress based failure criterion evaluation, microforming.


Marko Knezevic

Associate Professor

Materials Behavior

Understanding of materials behavior under complex loading using a combination of computational methods and experiments, development of constitutive material models, design and manufacturing at component levels, materials design at microstructural length scales, as well as the development of high-performance computational applications integrating multi-scale material models for predicting materials behavior.


James Krzanowski


Materials Science

Development and fabrication of thin-film coatings, Mechanical properties of materials and their relation to microstructure and heat treatment, Transmission electron microscopy studies of interfaces created by solid-state joining processes.


Yaning Li

Associate Professor

Mechanics of Materials

Mechanics of materials and structures, Bio-inspired engineering, Composite Materials, Fracture Prediction, Instability, 3D printing, Interfaces & Interphases.


John McHugh

Associate Professor

Fluid Dynamics

Internal waves in the atmosphere of earth and other planets, origins of the deep ocean circulations, and non-linear waves on the surface of a fluid.


Nikhil Padhye

Assistant Professor


Polymer Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics, Mechanics of Thin Structures, Finite Element Analysis, Engineering Optimization

M. Robinson Swift



Wave-structure interaction, Seakeeping and design of aquaculture structures, Wave energy, Oil spill response engineering, estuarine tidal dynamics.

May-Win Thein

Associate Professor

System Dynamics

Nonlinear estimation and control with particular emphasis on spacecraft, quadcopters, extraterrestrial surface navigation and exploration and autonomous/remotely operated surface and underwater marine vehicles.


Igor Tsukrov


Mechanics of Materials/ Ocean Engineering

Micromechanics and fracture of composite materials, modeling of marine aquaculture and ocean energy installations, computational solid mechanics and finite element method.


Thomas Weber

Associate Professor

Underwater Acoustics

Acoustic propagation and scattering in random media, the application of acoustic technologies to fisheries science, high-frequency acoustic characterization of the seafloor, and sonar engineering.


Christopher White

Associate  Professor

Fluid Mechanics

Experimental fluid mechanics, combustion, energy conversion technologies, alternative energy.


Martin Wosnik

Associate Professor

Fluid and Thermal Sciences

Renewable energy applications, marine renewable energy, wind energy , turbulent flows, high-speed hydrodynamics, cavitation, flow measurement and hydraulic modeling.