Dr. Ofodike Ezekoye is an expert in combustion and heat transfer in high temperature and reacting systems such as combustion engines, furnaces and structure fires. In recent years, he has been a pi or co-pi on funded research from the Department of Commerce, AFOSR and DOE. He has published over 200 journal and conference papers in heat transfer and combustion. His research covers a range of applications from fundamentals of combustion systems to scientific support of the fire service in developing fire-fighting tactics.
Dr. Vaibhav Bahadur has four years of industry R&D experience, most recently in GE Global Research, where he worked in the areas of flow assurance and efficiency as well as enhancement of power plant components. Dr. Bahadur has more than 20 journal and conference publications and six patent applications. His research is targeted at a broad fundamental understanding of microscale thermal-fluid transport phenomena that impact power generation, oil and gas flow assurance and thermal management sectors.
Dr. Bryant specializes in tribology (study of friction, wear, lubrication and associated devices such as bearings, brushes and brakes), the design of mechatronic systems (integrated mechanical and electronic systems), and system diagnostics of machinery, and he is developing a new class of computers for solution of differential equations. Dr. Bryant is a faculty member of the Dynamic Systems & Control and Manufacturing & Design programs of the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Dr. Richard H. Crawford is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and is the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow No. 3. Dr. Crawford’s research interests cover a wide spectrum of topics in computer aided mechanical design, design theory and methodology.
Dr. Djurdjanovic performs research in modeling, diagnostics and control of complex systems, with applications in advanced manufacturing and automotive engineering. He leads the NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center on Intelligent Maintenance Systems at The University of Texas, where numerous companies, including Intel, Texas Instruments, National Instruments and others, collaboratively pursue solutions to challenging problems in systems monitoring, process control and maintenance.
Dr. Duvic, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of Finance, received his B.A. from Tulane University, M.S. from the Florida Institute of Technology, and MBA and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Duvic’s areas of research include corporate capital budgeting, international corporate financial management and international foreign exchanges markets.
Dr. Raul G. Longoria’s teaching and research interests focus on development and application of multi-disciplinary dynamic system modeling, vehicle system dynamics and controls, electromechanical system modeling and simulation and medical device design and development for cardiovascular applications. Dr. Longoria is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a member of the ASME, IEEE, SAE, ISTVS and ASAIO.
Dr. Mikulak has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and both an M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Over the past 30 plus years, he has started and run several engineering- and technology-based businesses. He is currently leading a new business in the additive manufacturing materials space. He enjoys teaching, and while in the Ph.D. program, he won departmental teaching awards.
Dr. Mitch Pryor earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on operational software and algorithms for robotics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002. His research focuses on the development of generalized operational software components for robotic systems. While initially focusing on the development of control and decision-making algorithms for serial manipulators, these efforts have since been generalized to mobile manipulation and automation workcell applications. Current research application areas include glovebox manufacturing/automation in hazardous environments and mobile manipulators that interact with their environment.
Dr. Wang received her bachelor’s degree in Safety Science and Engineering at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2005 and her Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 2011. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on the study of micro/nano-scale heat transfer in nanomaterials, as well as fundamental phonon/electron dynamics with optical spectroscopy. Her research addresses many fundamental problems encountered in a wide variety of disciplines: thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, gas fuel generation, quantum-cascade lasers, etc.