New Faculty for 2006
| OSSAMA O. ABDELKHALIK
Ossama O. Abdelkhalik joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics as an assistant professor. He comes to Michigan Tech from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Abdelkhalik holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. He also holds an MS and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Cairo University.
He has taught Control Systems Analysis and Design and Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Controls at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has also assisted in teaching Space Technology and Fundamentals of Engineering, Statics and Dynamics at Texas A&M University. He is a two-time recipient of Texas A&M University’s Academic Excellence Award.
Abdelkhalik’s research interests include the use of star tracker sensors for autonomous navigation of spacecraft formations, global optimization techniques to search for solutions to problems in Earth satellite systems and in space mission design, the aerospace vehicle design process and an optimal solution to the orbit transfer problem using continuous thrust.
He has been published in the Journal of Guidance Dynamics and Control, the Journal of Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, the Journal of Space Mission Architecture and the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets.
Abdelkhalik is a member of the American Astronautical Society, the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Bo Chen joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics as an assistant professor. She comes to Michigan Tech from the University of California at Davis.
Chen holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from UC-Davis. She also holds an MS in Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Zheijang Sci-Tech University in China.
Her areas of specialization include mobile agent and multi-agent systems, distributed autonomous and intelligent systems, mechatronic and embedded systems, computer-aided design and analysis and Web-based systems. Her research interests include intelligent and cooperative distributed mechatronic and embedded systems, dynamic reconfigurable cyber-mechanical systems and distributed smart sensors and sensor networks.
Her work has been published in Computers and Graphics, IEEE Control Systems Magazine, the ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science Engineering, the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and Intellimotion.
Chen is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. She is also a reviewer for several journals.
DENNIS DESHENG MENG
Dennis Desheng Meng joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics as an assistant professor. Meng comes to Michigan Tech from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Meng holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. He also holds an MS and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
His research interests include microfluidics using surface tension force, advanced energy systems for portable applications, MEMS design, fabrication, characterization and implementation and BioMEMS and nanotechnology.
Meng has been published in numerous works including the Journal of Micromechanics and Engineering and the Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems.
Meng is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is also a reviewer for several journals.
Fernando Ponta joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics as an assistant professor. Ponta comes to Michigan Tech from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ponta holds a PhD in Engineering and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires.
His research interests include theoretical and computational fluid dynamics, vortex dynamics, fluid-structure interaction, wind-turbine aerodynamics, renewable energy sources and energy systems.
His work has been published in publications including the Journal of Computational Physics, Physics of Fluids, Physical Review Letters and Renewable Energy.
Ponta has been a member of the Directive Council of the College of Engineering at the University of Buenos Aires since 2000. He has also served as a member of the Academic Committee in Basic Sciences of the College of Engineering and a member of the Academic Committee in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a reviewer for Physics of Fluids and the International Journal of Global Energy Issues.
Reza Yassar joins the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics as an assistant professor. He comes to Michigan Tech from Mississippi State University.
Yassar holds a PhD in Materials Science from Washington State University. He also holds an MS in Metal Forming and a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran.
His past research experience includes the application of machine learning algorithms in materials design, structure-property relationships during sequential manufacturing processes, atomistic simulation of plasticity in aluminum-magnesium alloys under the effect of crystallographic orientation, mathematical modeling of precipitate-dislocation interactions, experimental characteristics of precipitate-dislocation interactions, structure-property characterizations of thin films and the effect of shock-loading on precipitate evolution.
Yassar is co-authoring a textbook, “Theory of Internal State Variable Inelasticity.” He has been published in journals including the International Journal of Plasticity, Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering and the Journal of Materials Science.
Yassar was included in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in 2007. He was also awarded his department’s Researcher Excellence Award by Washington State University in 2005.