Faculty Areas of Expertise




Gregory Chini


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.


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


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.


John McHugh


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

May-Win Thein


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.


Christopher White


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.