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College of Engineering and Computing

Mechanical Engineering

Our Research

Our mechanical engineering faculty are focused on teaching and research. Our students work side by side with faculty in numerous labs and research centers that are breaking ground in many fields of engineering.

Research Centers

Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) Center

The CBM Center combines research and implementation solutions to support the U.S. Army Aviation program through historical data analysis, component testing, and advanced condition indicator development.

Center for Mechanics of Materials and Non-Destructive Evaluation (CMMNDE)

The CMMNDE Center is involved in many types of evaluation processes to evaluate and quantify materials through computer aided and fatigue/fracture analysis.

NSF I/UCRC Center for Friction Stir Processing

The NSF I/UCRC Center evaluates friction welding processes and the results of hardening of materials used in the process

HeteroFoaM Center

The HeteroFoaM Center is an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), funded by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at the U. S. Department of Energy. The EFRC program was introduced in 2009 to advance energy research in order to accelerate our progress toward energy independence and national security.

Smart State Center on Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)

The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Center uses engineering to drive the science that is needed to enable fuel cells and energy systems. Solid oxide fuel cells are an essential component of advanced clean energy solutions, as they are highly efficient, work with a variety of fuels and emit no toxic by-products.

SmartState Center on Multiphysics of Engineered Functional Materials and Structure (MEFMS)

The MEFMS Center is focused on the development and supply of engineered materials for high technology industries, such as aerospace by providing a foundation of research and development to enable and enhance growth in the engineered materials field.

McNair Aerospace Center

The McNair Aerospace Center is working to transform the state and the southeast into a national aerospace hub.


Research Areas 

Mechanical engineering faculty members are engaged in intermingled research topics catering to a broad spectrum of application areas (Aerospace, Nuclear, Mechanical, Biomedical, and Fuel Cell).

Advanced Materials and Multi-scale Manufacturing

Research in this category advances innovative materials (metallic, polymeric, ceramic, and their composites) and multi-scale manufacturing (nano-manufacturing to structural) solutions to different application areas.

Dr. Sourav Banerjee: Acousto-Ultrasonic Multi-scale Imaging
Dr. Abdel Bayoumi: Design,Manufacturing and Design for Manufacturability
Dr. Fanglin (Frank) Chen: Design and Manufacturing of Materials and Microstructures
Dr. Xiaomin Deng: Modeling and simulation of manufacturing processes
Dr. Victor Giurgiutiu: Active Materials, Smart Structures, Structural Health Monitoring, Mechatronics
Dr. Zafer Gurdal: Design and Optimization of Composite Materials and Structures
Dr. Ramy Harik: CAD/CAM, Process Planning, Shape Recognition, Fiber Placement
Dr. Xinyu Huang: Composite Materials, Structural Composites, and Coatings
Dr. Addis Kidane: Functionally Graded Materials, Composites Materials, Metal- Ceramic Composites
Dr. Jed Lyons: Composites & Reinforced Plastics, Design & Manufacturing of Renewable Materials
Dr. Walter (Wally) Peters: Complex Systems Study and Design
Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider: Performance of Life Prognosis, Aging, and Material State Changes
Dr. Tony Reynolds: Friction Based Processing of Metallic Materials, Fatigue and Fracture
Dr. David Rocheleau: Design and Manufacturing Mechanisms, Cad and Robotics
Dr. Tarek Shazley: Design of Polymeric Biomaterials
Dr. Michael Van Tooren: Aerospace Materials and Safety Critical Structures
Dr. Xingjian (Chris) Xue: Energy Materials, Fabrication of Energy Conversion and Storage Devices
Dr. Linyu (Lucy) Yu: Smart Materials, Multifunctional Structures, Intelligent Structures

Mechanics and Multi-Physics: 

Research in this category advances experimental, theoretical and computational techniques to enable performance evaluation, state assessment and even discovery of new engineered materials in multiple disciplines.

Dr. Sourav Banerjee: Physics Based Multi-Scale Predictive Modeling
Dr. Abdel Bayoumi: Diagnosis and Prognosis of Mechanical Systems, Health monitoring Systems and CBM
Dr. Dan Gabriel Cacuci: Predictive Modeling of Coupled Multi-Physics Systems
Dr. Yuh J. Chao: Solid Mechanics, Integrity of Structures, Digital Image Correlation
Dr. Fanglin (Frank) Chen: Characterization of Performance and Durability of Fuel Cells and Membranes
Dr. Xiaomin Deng: Solid mechanics, FEM, biomechanics, modeling/simulation
Dr. Victor Giurgiutiu: Multi-physics Applied Mechanics
Dr. Zafer Gurdal: Structural and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Dr. Ramy Harik: Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Dr. Xinyu Huang: Mechanics and Durability of Functional and Structural Composite Materials
Dr. Addis Kidane: Mechanics Under Dynamic Loading, Experimental Mechanics, NDE
Dr. Stephen McNeill: Digital Image Correlation, Experimental Mechanics and Reverse Engineering
Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider: Durability, Damage Tolerance and Strength-life Relationships in Material Systems
Dr. David Rocheleau: Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
Dr. Tony Reynolds: Fatigue and Fracture, Experimental Micro-mechanics
Dr. Tarek Shazley: Mechanical Modeling and Multiphysics-based Computational Modeling
Dr. Michael Sutton: Experimental Mechanics, Digital Image Processing, Plastic Fracture Mechanics
Dr. Michael Van Tooren: Aerospace Materials and Safety Critical Structures
Dr. Xingjian (Chris) Xue: Chemical-Thermal-Mechanical Couplings and Reliability
Dr. Linyu (Lucy) Yu: Signal processing, Vibration


Thermal/fluid is a major technical area within the mechanical engineering. In the department of mechanical engineering at USC, experimental and computational research in thermal/fluid focuses on the micro/nano-scale two-phase heat transfer and flow, power plant cooling, combustion, heat transfer during manufacturing, space power generation, and thermal management.

Dr. Tanvir I. Farouk: Plasma, Combustion, Reacting Thermo-fluids, Kinetics
Dr. Jamil Khan: Experimental and Computional Thermo-fluids, Singe and Two Phase
Dr. Chen Li: Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Management
Dr. Guiren Wang: Micro/nanofluidics, Fluid Dynamics, Turbulence and Mixing
Dr. Xingjian (Chris) Xue: Transport Phenomena, Electrochemical Kinetics

Energy (Nuclear and Fuel Cell):

Research in this category covers a broad spectrum of energy conversion and storage research thrusts in Nuclear and Fuel Cells including novel materials development, advanced characterization, and component and system level modeling and optimization.

Dr. Abdel Bayoumi: Conditioned Based Maintenance
Dr. Dan Gabriel Cacuci: Applied Physics and Nuclear Engineering
Dr. Fanglin (Frank) Chen: Solid State Energy Conversion and Storage, Gas Separation Membranes
Dr. Kevin Huang: Solid Oxide Electrochemical Cells, Storage Batteries, Gas Separation Membranes
Dr. Xinyu Huang: Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Dr. Jamil Khan: Thermal Hydraulics, Thermal Properties of Fuel and Fluid Dynamics
Dr. Travis W. Knight: Nuclear Fuels, Safeguards, Space Nuclear Power, Multi-physics Simulation
Dr. Tanvir I. Farouk: Transport Phenomena, Multi-physics Simulation
Dr. Chen Li: Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, and Thermal Management
Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider: Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Science and Engineering
Dr. Xingjian (Chris) Xue: Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Solid Oxide Electrolyzers, Gas Separation Membranes
Dr. Linyu (Lucy) Yu: Nuclear Structural Health Monitoring, Nuclear Nondestructive Evaluation


Research in this category involves the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes (e.g. diagnostic or therapeutic).

Dr. Abdel Bayoumi: Smart Predictive Systems, Advanced Manufacturing and Biomechanics
Dr. Tarek Shazley: Defining and Characterizing Relevant Tissue Properties for Clinical Applications
Dr. Guiren Wang: Cancer Detection, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Tissue Engineering

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.