Lecturer5100A Etcheverry Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1740
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All the faculty, staff, and students associated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Lecturer5100A Etcheverry Hall
Professor Emeritus of Hydromechanics and Ocean Engineering5104 Etcheverry Hall
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1973. Joined faculty in 1982.
Professor of Hydromechanics and Ocean Engineering, 1982-
Inaugural American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair in Ocean Engineering, 2012 – 2017
Humboldt Professor, Institut fu¨r Schifftechnischen, Gehardt Mercator University of Duisburg, Germany, 1998
Visiting Professor, Research Institute of Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Japan, 1998
Chair, Naval Architecrue & Offshore Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1989 – 1997
Humboldt Professor, Institut fu¨r Schiffbau, University of Hamburg, W. Germany, 1988
Fulbright-Hayes Senior Scholar, University of Adelaide, Australia, 1981
Principal, R. W. Yeung – Consulting Naval Architect and Ocean Engineer, 1976-
Assistant / Associate Professor of Naval Architecture, Mass. Inst. of Tech., 1974 – 1982
Naval Architect, Litton Ship Systems, Advanced Marine Technology Division, CA, 1970 – 1971
Instructor, Long Beach Naval Shipyard, UCLA Extension, 1970 – 1971
Hydromechanics, naval architecture, ship hydrodynamics, mathematical modeling, numerical fluid mechanics, offshore mechanics, ocean processes, separated flows, wave-vorticity interaction, vortex-induced vibrations, ocean-wave energy, tidal current energy, two-layer fluid flow, hydroelasticity, multi-hull optimization, moonpool resonance, vortical flow for slender hulls in forward motion, wave-to-wire conversion, model-predictive controls, micro-scale turbine, unsteady ship interactions
To view a list of Professor Yeung’s publications, please visit Professor Yeung’s website.
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering5104 Etcheverry Hall
Professor Paul Wright is internationally recognized as a leader in design, 3D printing and manufacturing. His recent research has focused on the creation of self- powered wireless nodes for the Internet of Things (IoT). The Advanced Manufacturing for Energy (AME) lab has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of energy harvesting, including devices that utilize thermal electric generators (TEG), vibration energy harvesting, thin film solar cells, thin film batteries and super capacitors. 3D-dispenser printing and screen-printing allow us to create fully functioning IoT nodes with a wide set of performance characteristics. A detailed modeling tool on the performance of harvesters, batteries and super-capacitors allows an analysis of the various load-demand scenarios. Professor Wright joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1992 and he holds the A. Martin Berlin Professorship. From 2007 to 2013 he was the Director of the Center for Information Technology for Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). Most recently he was the Director of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and a co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC).
Energy scavenging and storage; Smart materials; Design and manufacturing for micro-integration of ‘intelligent objects’; Design of wireless sensor systems. Application areas include: Energy efficiency and demand response; First responder applications; Medical products. Previous research on Internet-based manufacturing & open-architecture control.
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Professor Emeritus of Fire Safety Engineering Science6165 Etcheverry Hall
Fire safety engineering science: fire physics, fire modeling, compartment fire growth, flamespread, flame shapes and heights, excess pyrolyzates, soot formation, backdrafts, glass breaking in compartment fires, explosions, gravity currents, salt water modeling, self-heating to ignition, brand lofting, urban/wildland intermix and post-earthquake conflagrations.
Professor Emeritus5120 Etcheverry Hall
Dr. Alaa Mansour is a Professor Emeritus in the Mechanical Engineering Department and previously the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Ocean Engineering Graduate Program. He is a past chairman of the Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cairo in 1958 and has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1962 and 1966, respectively. He held the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Dr. Mansour has been the editor of the Journal of Marine Structures for North and South America since its inception. He is also an editor of the Journal of Marine Science and Technology. Dr. Mansour has been elected to Chair the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress for the term 2000-2003, and is currently the United States representative to the Congress. Dr. Mansour is the recipient of the Davidson Medal presented by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers for “Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Ship Research”, and is currently a Fellow of the Society. In 2001, the Technical University of Denmark has conferred upon Dr. Mansour its highest honor, the Honorary Doctorate Degree, “Doctor Technices Honoris Causa”, in recognition of his “significant contributions to development of design criteria for ships and offshore structures.”
Structural reliability and safety, probabilistic dynamics of marine structures, strength of ship and offshore structures, development of design criteria.
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Lecturer5106 Etcheverry Hall
Lecturer6173 Etcheverry Hall
Lecturer5106 Etcheverry Hall
Model Predictive Control, Distributed and Robust Constrained Control, Automotive Control Systems, Energy Efficient Building Control Systems
Will C. Hall Endowed Chair
Chair of the UCB Computational & Data Science & Engineering Program
Chief Technology Officer, Fung Institute
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Tarek I. Zohdi received his Ph.D. in 1997 in Computational and Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany from 1997 to 1998 and then a lecturer (C2-Oberingenieur) at the Gottfried Leibniz University of Hannover in Germany from 1998 to 2001, where he received his Habilitation in General Mechanics. Approximately one out of every twenty Ph.D holders in Germany is allowed to proceed with a Habilitation. It is the highest academic degree in Germany and is usually required to obtain the rank of full Professor there and in other parts of Europe. In July 2001, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2004 and to Full Professor in July 2009. In July 2012, he was appointed Chair of the Designated Emphasis Program in Computational and Data Science and Engineering (DE-CSE) at UC Berkeley. Previously, he has served as Chair of the Engineering Science Program at UC Berkeley (2008-2012) and Vice-Chair for Instruction in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (2009-2012). He is currently a Chancellors Professor of Mechanical Engineering and holder of the W. C. Hall Family Endowed Chair in Engineering. He also holds a Staff Scientist position at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and an Adjunct Scientist position at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. His main research interests are in micromechanical material design, particulate flow and the mechanics of high-strength fabric, with emphasis on computational approaches for advanced manufacturing and nonconvex multiscale-multiphysics inverse problems, in particular addressing the important issue of how large numbers of micro-constituents interact to produce macroscale aggregate behavior. He has published over 160 archival refereed journal papers and seven books: (a) Introduction to computational micromechanics (T. Zohdi and P. Wriggers, Springer-Verlag), (b) An introduction to modeling and simulation of particulate flows (T. Zohdi, SIAM), (c) Electromagnetic properties of multiphase dielectrics: a primer on modeling, theory and computation (T. Zohdi, Springer- Verlag), (d) Dynamics of charged particulate systems: modeling, theory and computation (T. Zohdi, Springer-Verlag) (e) A finite element primer for beginners-the basics (T. Zohdi, Springer- Verlag), (f) Modeling and simulation of functionalized materials for additive manufacturing and 3D printing: continuous and discrete media (T. Zohdi, Springer-Verlag) and (g) A finite element primer for beginners-extended version including sample tests and projects (T. Zohdi, Springer-Verlag), as well as six handbook/book chapters and five encyclopedia chapters. In 2000, he received the Zienkiewicz Prize and Medal, which are awarded once every two years, to one post-graduate researcher under the age of 35, by The Institution of Civil Engineers in London, to commemorate the work of Professor O. C. Zienkiewicz, for research which contributes most to the field of numerical methods in engineering. In 2002, he received the Best Paper of the Year 2001 Award in London, at the Lord’s Cricket Grounds, for a paper published in Engineering Computations, pertaining to modeling and simulation of the propagation of failure in particulate aggregates of material. In 2003, he received the Junior Achievement Award of the American Academy of Mechanics. The award is given once a year, to one post-graduate researcher, to recognize outstanding research during the first decade of a professional career. In 2008, he was elected Fellow of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM) and in 2009 he was elected Fellow of the United Stated Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM). The USACM is the primary computational mechanics organization in the United States and the International Association for Computational Mechanics is the primary international organization in this field. In 2011, he was selected as “Alumnus of the Year” by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he did his undergraduate studies. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of ten international journals. Also, he is an editor of the leading journal Computational Mechanics and co-founder and editor-in-chief of a new journal, Computational Particle Mechanics. He is also an editor of a book series on Computational Mechanics, published by John-Wiley. In the past, he has organized or co-organized over 30 international conferences and workshops and been appointed/invited to the Scientific Advisory Boards of over 40 international conferences. He was elected President of the USACM in 2012, and served from 2012 to 2014. Since 2009, he has served as a representative of the USACM on the General Council of the IACM, which is the governing committee of the primary international organization in his field of research. In 2014, he was appointed by the United States National Academy of Science (NAS) and the National Research Council (NRC) as a member of the US National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) representing the USACM (4/15/2014-10/31/2018): http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/biso/IUTAM/PGA_048718.
USNC/TAM is the primary national governing body for Mechanics in the United States. This committee operates under the auspices of the US Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) and the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the NRC. Furthermore, he is the national coordinator for the NAS and USNC/TAM for AmeriMech Symposia, which are intended to promote interactions among researchers in an area of contemporary interest in the mechanics of fluids and solids http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/iutam/pga_086043. These symposia are designed to encourage participation of young researchers, and to promote interdisciplinary ideas and discussions. This format allows for in-depth discussions and close interactions between participants. Such symposia are renown to help assess the state-of-the-art and chart new directions for the future. In 2018, he was elevated/elected to Member-at-Large of the USNC/TAM by the National Academy of Sciences: http://www.me.berkeley.edu/about/news/me-professor-tarek-zohdi-appointed-member-large-us-national-academy-sciences-and-national. Overall, he has given more than 180 plenary, keynote and contributed lectures at conferences, universities and other research institutions. In 2017, he was awarded the University of California, Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award. The Distinguished Teaching Award is a campus-wide recognition for faculty that have established a sustained and varied record of teaching excellence. This is the highest award for teaching in the University. http://teaching.berkeley.edu/node/240 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntzkn71r2Sg
In addition to his academic credentials, Tarek I. Zohdi has been active in two main industrial areas:
Modeling and simulation of high-strength fabric: Zohdi has pioneered the computational analysis of high-strength ballistic fabric shielding. Initially, this work was funded by the FAA and Boeing as part of a 10 year (2001-2011) multi-million dollar laboratory and simulation effort to develop ballistic fabric shields for the Boeing 787. The analysis of Zohdi was instrumental in the development of 787 Boeing designs. The work was then applied to the development of new ballistic fabric shielding armor (from 2007-present) with the Army Research Labs (ARL) and the Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC). In summary, the combined laboratory, modeling and simulation efforts have been instrumental for the development of new types of ballistic fabric shields for the safety and betterment of society.
Modeling and simulation of highly heterogeneous materials: Zohdi pioneered the computational analysis of particulate functionalized materials in multiphysical regimes. This work has been continuously funded by a number of industries, most notably for power-generation materials in harsh environments such as thermal barrier turbine blade coating materials (CMCs: Ceramic Matrix Composites) and high-voltage electromagnetic generator (dielectric) materials, such as End Corona Protection systems. This work has been a direct industrial outgrowth of his pioneering book: Introduction to computational micromechanics (T. Zohdi and P. Wriggers, Springer-Verlag).
Recently, he has been heavily involved in the relatively new National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) system that has been developed over the few years by the US Government. The goal is to add capacity to the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, a 2014 initiative to increase the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing by streamlining research and development and increasing collaboration among industry, academia, national labs and federal partners. In 2016, he was the Northern California Principal Investigator for the Northern California Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII); see Whitehouse announcement: http://engineering.berkeley.edu/2016/06/california-new-headquarters-smart-manufacturing-institute and http://www.me.berkeley.edu/about/news/president-obama-announces-winner-new-smart-manufacturing-innovation-institute-competition which is part of a 140,000,000 dollar consortium of universities, national labs and companies geared towards smart clean manufacturing (headquartered at UCLA). The mission of the consortium, consisting of 200 partners from 30 states representing a wide spectrum of interests across industry and academia, is to help hone advanced manufacturing’s competitive edge in the United States by increasing efficiency and accelerating the adoption of technologies such as advanced sensors, data analytics and digital controls in manufacturing. Also, in 2016, he was the California Principal Investigator for another successful consortium NNMI grant (the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM), headquartered at Carnegie Mellon) in which he was appointed the coordinator of the Northern California Branch; see announcement http://www.me.berkeley.edu/about/news/dod-announces-award-new-advanced-robotics-manufacturing-arm-innovation-hub and http://engineering.berkeley.edu/2017/01/berkeley-regional-center-new-robotics-manufacturing-consortium which is part of a 253,000,000 dollar consortium of universities, national labs and companies focused on advanced robotic manufacturing.
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(1) Modeling and simulation of advanced manufacturing and 3D printing systems
(2) Modeling and simulation of multiphase/composite material behavior
(3) Modeling and simulation of fire propagation and control with the Fire Research Group
(4) Modeling and simulation of UAVs and swarms
(5) Modeling and simulation of biological systems
(6) Modeling and simulation of ballistic fabric shielding
Methods of analysis:
(1) Discrete Element Methods
(2) Finite Element Methods
(3) Finite Difference Methods
(4) Computational Optics
(5) Machine-Learning Algorithms
(6) Agent-Based Methods
A set of “summary” slides on the above topics can be found here https://cmmrl.berkeley.edu/
Related papers and books on the above topics can be found here: https://cmmrl.berkeley.edu/77-2/
Editor, Computational Mechanics: http://www.springer.com/materials/mechanics/journal/466
Editor-in-Chief, Comp. Particle Mechanics: http://www.springer.com/engineering/mechanics/journal/40571
NAS-USNC/TAM AmeriMech Coordinator: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/iutam/pga_086043
Chief Technology Officer, Fung Institute: https://funginstitute.berkeley.edu/about-us/our-people/staff/
Chair, UC Berkeley Computational Data Science and Eng. Prog: http://citris-uc.org/decse-organization/
Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab: http://www.lbl.gov/
To view a list of Professor Zohdi’s publications, please visit the Computational Manufacturing and Materials Research Lab website.
Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chair
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
LBNL Materials Sciences Division Director
Professor Xiang Zhang is the inaugural Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chaired Professor at UC Berkeley and the Director of NSF Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). He is the Director of the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), as well as a member of the Kavli Energy Nano Science Institute.
Professor Zhang is an elected member of US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Academia Sinica (National Academy in Republic of China), and Fellow of five scientific societies: APS (The American Physical Society), OSA (The Optical Society of America), AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science), SPIE (The International Society of Optical Engineering), and ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers).
Professor Zhang received Ph.D from UC Berkeley (1996) and MS from University of Minnesota and MS/BS from Nanjing University, PR China. He was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University (1996-1999), and associate professor and full professor at UCLA (1999-2004) prior to joining Berkeley faculty in 2004.
Professor Zhang’s current research focuses on nano-scale science and technology, materials physics, photonics and bio-technologies. He has published over 240 journal papers, including over 50 publications in Science, Nature series, PNAS and Physical Review Letters. He has given over 280 Keynote, Plenary and Invited talks at international conferences and institutions. He served as a Co-Chair of NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Annual Grantee Conferences in 2004 and 2005, Chair of Technical Program of IEEE 2nd International Conference on Micro and Nano Engineered and Molecular Systems in 2007, and current Chair of Academic Advisory Board for Research Center for Applied Science (RCAS), Academia Sinica, Taiwan, ROC.
In 2008, Professor Zhang’s research was selected by Time Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Scientific Discoveries of the Year” and “50 Best Inventions of the Year”, Discover Magazine’s “Top 100 Science Stories” in 2007, and R&D Magazine’s top 25 Most Innovative Products of 2006. His research has frequently been featured by international media including BBC, CNN, ABC, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.
Professor Zhang is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (1997); SME Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1998) and ONR Young Investigator Award (1999). He was awarded the Chancellor’s Professorship by UC Berkeley (2004-2009), Distinguished Lecturer by University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and SEMETECH in 2005, respectively, Rohsenow Lecturer at MIT (2009) and William Reynolds Lecturer at Stanford (2012). In 2011, he was awarded Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship by Materials Research Society (MRS), Miller Professorship by UC Berkeley, and Distinguished Visiting Scientist (DVS) by the University of Toronto. In 2014, he was awarded the Fitzroy Medal for pioneering contribution in metamaterials and superlens.
Micro-nano scale engineering, novel 3D fabrication technologies in microelectronics and photonics, micro and nano-devices, nano-lithography and nano-instrumentation, rapid prototyping, bio-MEMS, and semiconductor manufacturing.
To view a list of Professor Zhang’s publications, please visit the Zhang Lab website.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Precision Manufacturing Center
B.S. (1970), Keio University
M.S. (1972), Keio University
D. Eng. (1975), Keio University
Mechatronics, microprocess control of machines, CNC machine tool design and control, 3-D coordinate measurement and probing, CAD/CAM, sculptured surface machining, plastic injection molding, powder sintering, network based manufacturing automation integration.
Cheryl and John Neerhout, Jr. Distinguished Professor
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Masayoshi Tomizuka received his B.S. and M.S. from Keio University in 1968 and 1970, respectively. He received his Ph. D. from MIT in 1974, after which he joined the ME Department at UC Berkeley. Here, he served as the Vice Chair of Instruction from Dec. 1989 to Dec. 1991, and as the Vice Chair of graduate studies from Jul. 1995 to Dec. 1996.
From 2009 to 2011, he was the Executive Associate Dean for the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley. He also served as Program Director of the Dynamic Systems and Control Program at the National Science Foundation from Sept. 2002 to Dec. 2004.
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Adaptive control, computer-aided manufacturing, control systems and theory, digital control, dynamic systems, manufacturing, mechanical vibrations.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering6159 Etcheverry Hall
Hayden Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He was previously an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Biosystems and Micromechanics group at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, and a Research Associate in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT.
Hayden was born in Bristol, United Kingdom, in 1981. He attended Bristol Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge, receiving the B.A. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2004. He was sponsored as an undergraduate by ST Microelectronics. He is a Senior Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, and received the Cambridge University Engineering Department’s Baker Prize in 2004. Hayden received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2009, working with Professor Duane Boning.
Hayden is a member of the IEEE, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Physics. He was an Institution of Electrical Engineers Jubilee Scholar 2000-4, and was a Kennedy Scholar for the academic year 2004-5.
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The invention, modeling and simulation of micro- and nano-manufacturing processes, materials-testing techniques operating down to the nanoscale, and applications of polymeric materials in micro- and nano-fabrication—including for tissue scaffold engineering.
To view a list of Professor Taylor’s publications, please visit the Design for Nanomanufacturing website.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering5138 Etcheverry Hall
Hannah Stuart received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University in 2011. She then completed her MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
Professor Stuart’s research interests include: Dexterous manipulation; Bioinspired design; Soft and multi-material mechanisms; Skin contact conditions; Tactile sensing and haptics.
Mobile robots face a rapidly expanding range of potential applications, including remote exploration, search-and-rescue and household assistance. In many of these cases, the focus of interaction is via the robot’s end-effectors. However, current manipulators have limited capabilities in comparison to their biological counterparts. Our group is interested in improving robot dexterity through building end-effectors with embodied intelligence and robustness, especially for challenging submerged or wet environments. This includes the design of (1) novel grippers and hands, (2) touch perception for autonomous or teleoperated interventions and (3) bioinspired manipulation strategies. This vision includes the advancement of relevant design analysis tools and the validation of concepts by applying technologies in the field.
Stuart, H., Wang, S., Khatib, O., Cutkosky, M.R. (2017). “The Ocean One hands: An adaptive design for robust marine manipulation.” The International Journal of Robotics Research, 36(2):150-166.
Khatib, O., Yeh, X., Brantner, G., Soe, B., Kim, B., Ganguly, S., Stuart, H., Wang, S., Cutkosky, M., Edsinger, A., Mullins, P., Barham, M., Voolstra, C., Salama, K., L’Hour, M., Creuze, V. (2016). “Ocean One: A Robotic Avatar for Oceanic Discovery.” Robotics & Automation Magazine, 23(4):20-29. (Cover)
Stuart, H.S., Wang, S., Gardineer, B., Christensen, D. L., Aukes, D. M., Cutkosky, M. (2014). “A compliant underactuated hand with suction flow for underwater mobile manipulation.” 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Hong Kong, pp. 6691-6697.
Aukes, D. M., Heyneman, B., Ulmen, J., Stuart, H., Cutkosky, M. R., Kim, S., Garcia, P., Edsinger, A. (2014). “Design and testing of a selectively compliant underactuated hand.” The International Journal of Robotics Research, 33(5):721-735.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering6133 Etcheverry Hall
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Continuum, mechanics, shell theory, finite elasticity, variational methods, stability, surface stress, capillary phenomena, mechanics of thin films.
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Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering5132 Etcheverry Hall
Koushil Sreenath is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, at UC Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI, in 2011. He was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the GRASP Lab at University of Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2013 and an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 2013 to 2017. His research interest lies at the intersection of highly dynamic robotics and applied nonlinear control. His work on dynamic legged locomotion on the bipedal robot MABEL was featured on The Discovery Channel, CNN, ESPN, FOX, and CBS. His work on dynamic aerial manipulation was featured on the IEEE Spectrum, New Scientist, and Huffington Post. His work on adaptive sampling with mobile sensor networks was published as a book entitled Adaptive Sampling with Mobile WSN (IET). He received the Best Paper Award at the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) Conference in 2013, and the Google Faculty Research Award in Robotics in 2015.
Hybrid Dynamic Robotics, Applied Nonlinear Control, Dynamic Legged Locomotion, Dynamic Aerial Manipulation
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Assistant Professor-In-Residence of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor-In-Residence of EECS
Somayeh Sojoudi is an Assistant Professor-In-Residence in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD degree in Control & Dynamical Systems from California Institute of Technology in 2013. She was an Assistant Research Scientist at New York University School of Medicine from 2013 to 2015. She has worked on several interdisciplinary problems in optimization theory, control theory, machine learning, data analytics, and power systems. Somayeh Sojoudi is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and a member of the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society. She is a co-recipient of the 2015 INFORMS Optimization Society Prize for Young Researchers and a co-recipient of the 2016 INFORMS ENRE Energy Best Publication Award. She is a co-author of a best student paper award finalist for the 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2014.
Control theory, optimization theory, machine learning, algorithms, and data science.
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Professor of Mechanical Engineering5118 Etcheverry Hall
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Micro-nano engineering, bioengineering
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Vice Chair of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Cardiovascular Biomechanics, Computational Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Dynamical Systems, Fluid Dynamics, Lagrangian Coherent Structures, Mathematical Modeling, Thrombosis
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Professor of Mechanical Engineering6113 Etcheverry Hall
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Fluid mechanics:aircraft wake vortices; biofluid mechanics; boundary layers; instrumentation; rotating flows; transient aerodynamics; turbulent flows; vortex dynamics
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Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
From 2004 to 2007, S. Shankar Sastry was the Director of CITRIS (Center for Information Technology in the Interests of Society) an interdisciplinary center spanning UC Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz. He has served as Chairman, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley from January, 2001 through June 2004. From 1999-early 2001, he was on leave from Berkeley as Director of the Information Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). From 1996-1999, he was the Director of the Electronics Research Laboratory at Berkeley.
Dr. Sastry received his Ph.D. degree in 1981 from the University of California, Berkeley. He was on the faculty of MIT as Asst. Professor from 1980-82 and Harvard University as a chaired Gordon Mc Kay professor in 1994. His areas of personal research are resilient network control systems, cybersecurity, autonomous and unmanned systems (especially aerial vehicles), computer vision, nonlinear and adaptive control, control of hybrid and embedded systems, and software. Most recently he has been concerned with critical infrastructure protection, in the context of establishing a ten year NSF Science and Technology Center, TRUST (Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technologies).
Dr. Sastry has supervised over 65 doctoral students and over 50 MS students to completion. His students now occupy leadership roles in several places and on the faculties of many major universities in the United States and abroad.
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Professor of Mechanical Engineering6124 Etcheverry Hall
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Heat and mass transfer in biomedical engineering and biotechnology in particular low temperature biology, bio-electronics and biomedical devices in particular micro and nano bionic technologies and electroporation, medical imaging in particular electrical impedance tomography and light imaging, biomedical numerical analysis in particular genetic and evolutionary algorithms and fractal techniques.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
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Metallic Glasses, Hypersonic Materials, Mixed Mode Fracture of Human Cortical Bone, Fatigue and Fracture of Mineralized Biological Tissue, Fatigue and Fracture of SiC at High Temperatures, Fatigue and Fracture of Biomedical Materials, Fatigue and Wear of Silicon Structural Films, Fracture and Fatigue of Mo-Si-B High Temperature Alloys, Grain Boundary Engineering in Promoting High-Cycle Fatigue Resistance, Mechanisms of Fatigue and Fracture of Metal/Ceramic Interfaces, NiTi Shape Memory Alloys for Biomedical Applications, Toughness in Brittle Materials: Atomic-resolution Studies of Fracture in SiC
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Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Lawrence Talbot Chair in Engineering
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Research is focused on structure-property relationships in orthopedic tissues, biomaterials and medical polymers. Current projects include the assessment of fatigue fracture mechanisms and tribological performance of orthopedic biomaterials, as well as characterization of orthopedic tissues and associated devices. Surface modifications using plasma chemistry are used to optimize polymers for medical applications. Attention is focused on wear, fatigue and multiaxial loading. Retrievals of orthopedic implants are characterized to model in vivo degradation and physiological loading. Biomechanical characterization of structural tissues is performed to assess clinical treatments and to develop constitutive relationships. Laboratory techniques for structural characterization include SEM, TEM, FEM, SAXS, USAXS, XPS, DSC, GPC, FTIR, AFM, confocal microscopy, wear testing, fatigue testing, fracture mechanics analysis, and nanoindentation. Research has been supported by NIH, NSF, ONR, DARPA, OREF and industry. Pedagogical experience includes curriculum development in mechanical engineering and bioengineering. Teaching includes freshman seminars; undergraduate courses on Mechanical Behavior and Processing of Materials, Structural Aspects of Biomaterials, and Principles of Bioengineering; graduate courses on Fracture Mechanics, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, and Polymer Engineering.
F. Ansari, C. Major, T. R. Norris, S. B. Gunther, M. Ries, and L. Pruitt. “Unscrewing instability of modular reverse shoulder prosthesis increases propensity for in vivo fracture: a report of two cases.” Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery/American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons…[et al.] 23, no. 2 (2014): e40-5.
E.W. Patten, D. Van Citters, M. D. Ries, and L. Pruitt. “Quantifying cross-shear under translation, rolling, and rotation, and its effect on UHMWPE wear.” Wear 313, no. 1 (2014): 125-134.
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Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of California, Berkeley
Ravi Prasher is the director of Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) at LBNL. ESDR conducts R&D in energy conversion, storage and distribution. Prior to joining LBL, Ravi was the VP of product development of Sheetak Inc., a startup developing thermoelectric energy converters. Ravi was also an adjunct professor in the school of engineering at ASU from 2005 – 2013. Ravi earlier worked as one of the first program directors at ARPA-E. At ARPA-E, Ravi created two programs on cooling/heating of buildings and thermal storage for applications ranging from climate conditioning of electric vehicles and high temperature solar thermal power plants. Prior to joining ARAP-E, Ravi was the technology development manager of thermal management group at Intel. Ravi is a recipient of Intel Achievement Award, the highest award in Intel for technical achievement. Ravi has published more than 85 archival journal papers and holds more than 30 patents. He is a fellow of ASME and senior member of IEEE. He is on the editorial committee of multiple journals including Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources and ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. Ravi obtained his B.Tech. from IIT Delhi and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
His primary research interests are fundamental and applied studies of Nano-to-macroscale thermal energy process and systems, using both theoretical and experimental methods. Some topics of current interest include thermal transport in Lithium ion batteries, microelectronics thermal management using microfluidics, solar thermal energy conversion, high density thermochemical storage, thermoelectrics, solar thermal desalination and heat and mass transfer in roll-to-roll manufacturing process.
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Fundamental and applied studies of Nano-to-macroscale thermal energy process and systems, using both theoretical and experimental methods. Some topics of current interest include thermal transport in Lithium ion batteries, microelectronics thermal management using microfluidics, solar thermal energy conversion, high density thermochemical storage, thermoelectrics, phase change heat transfer, solar thermal desalination and heat and mass transfer in roll-to-roll manufacturing process.
Cadence Design Systems Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering5141 Etcheverry Hall
Theory: Modeling & System Identification, Robust Control, Optimization
Applications: Wireless Sensor Networks, Green Buildings, Semiconductor Manufacturing, Medical Imaging
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