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Key Personnel

Key Personnel

  • Christopher Niezrecki, Ph.D.

    Christopher Niezrecki, Ph.D.

    Chair, Professor, Director - Center for Wind Energy, Co-director - Structural Dynamics & Acoustic Systems Laboratory

    Modeling & control of vibrations & acoustics, smart structures & materials, structural health monitoring and sustainable energy

  • Peter Avitabile, D.Eng.

    Peter Avitabile, D.Eng.

    Professor & Co-Director

    Modal Analysis, Analytical and Experimental Structural Dynamics

  • Julie Chen, Ph.D.

    Julie Chen, Ph.D.

    Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor, Co-Director

    Composite Materials, Nanomanufacturing.

  • Eugene E. Niemi, Jr. Ph.D.

    Eugene E. Niemi, Jr. Ph.D.


    Aerodynamics, Wind Tunnel Testing, Thermofluids

  • Emmanuelle Reynaud, Ph.D.

    Emmanuelle Reynaud, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Doctoral Studies

    Materials Science and Engineering, Polymers and Composites

  • James A. Sherwood, Ph.D., P.E.

    James A. Sherwood, Ph.D., P.E.

    Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Students, Professor, Director, Co-Director

    Solid Mechanics, Composite Materials, Sports Engineering, Finite Element Modeling

  • David Turcotte, Sc.D.

    David Turcotte, Sc.D.

    Research Professor, Director

    Sustainable housing and community economic development

  • David J. Willis, Ph.D.

    David J. Willis, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Aerodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • TzuYang Yu, Ph.D.

    TzuYang Yu, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Radar NDE, Structural Engineering, Concrete Materials, Structural Stability Dielectric Measurement and Modeling of Materials

  • Stephen A. Pennell, Ph.D.

    Stephen A. Pennell, Ph.D.


    Mathematical modeling, fluid mechanics

  •  Alireza V. Amirkhizi, Ph.D.

    Alireza V. Amirkhizi, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Applied Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Composites, and Structures

  • Mathew Barlow, Ph.D.

    Mathew Barlow, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Climate variability and change

  • Patrick Drane, M.S.M.E.

    Patrick Drane, M.S.M.E.

    Assistant Director of Baseball Research Center

    Experimental Mechanics of Baseball Bats & Other Sports Equipment, Composite Materials, High-Speed Imaging, Laboratory Setup & Management, Conference & Symposium Management, STEM Engagement in K-12

  • Christopher Hansen, Ph.D.

    Christopher Hansen, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Site Director, SHAP3D

    Materials science, self-healing materials, additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) techniques

  • Murat Inalpolat, Ph.D.

    Murat Inalpolat, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Structural health monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics, damage detection, structural dynamics, acoustics, signal processing, mechanical design and nonlinear dynamics

  • Samuel Paikowsky, Sc.D.

    Samuel Paikowsky, Sc.D.

    Professor, Director

    Geotechnical Engineering

  • Siavash Pakdelian, Ph.D.

    Siavash Pakdelian, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Electric machines and drives, Power electronics

  • Jian-Hua Qian, Ph.D.

    Jian-Hua Qian, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Weather & Climate, Non-hydrostatic Atmospheric Dynamics, Climate Dynamics, Regional Climate Modeling, Downscaling & Prediction

  • Daniel F. Schmidt, Ph.D.

    Daniel F. Schmidt, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Materials preparation and structure/properties relationships in polymer nanocomposites, polymer crosslinking and network formation, pre-ceramic polymers, sol-gel chemistry and materials analysis (porosimetry, permeation testing, thermal analysis, x-ray diffraction & spectroscopic techniques)

  • Scott Stapleton, Ph.D

    Scott Stapleton, Ph.D

    Assistant Professor

    Solid Mechanics, Composite Materials, Textiles, Multi-Scale Modeling, Finite Element Modeling, Adhesively Bonded Joints, Sandwich Structures, Tissue Engineering, Discrete Element Method