Mechanical Engineering Faculty

Listed below are Dartmouth engineering faculty whose research interests and expertise involve mechanical engineering.

Zi Chen

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Mechanical instabilities of thin structures; origami structures; energy harvesting devices; stretchable electronics; biomimetic materials/devices; nanofabrication; mechanics of morphogenesis; cell biomechanics; mechanics of DNA structures​

John P. Collier

Myron Tribus Professor of Engineering Innovation

Research Interests: 

Design and analysis of orthopedic prostheses; design and metallurgy of porous-metal-coated implants; study of implant/host interfaces; growth and repair of cartilage

Benoit Cushman-Roisin

Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Environmental transport processes; environmental fluid mechanics; industrial ecology; sustainable design; energy efficiency

Brenden Epps

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Fluid mechanics as related to marine propulsion, wind energy, and hydrokinetic energy; aeromechanical simulation and modeling of wind turbines; propulsion system design; analysis and optimization of hydrokinetic turbine systems.

Amro M. Farid

Associate Professor of Engineering
Research Affiliate, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

Research Interests: 

Intelligent energy systems; sustainability, resilience, and reconfigurability; integrated control, automation, and information technology; smart power grids; energy-water nexus; transportation electrification systems; industrial energy management & demand response

Robert J. Graves

John H. Krehbiel Sr. Professor for Emerging Technologies, Emeritus
Adjunct Professor Emeritus, Tuck School of Business
Professor Emeritus, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Research Interests: 

E-engineering information technologies; near real-time scheduling and dispatching; assembly system design; product design; multi-objective optimization; integrated material handling system concepting and design; intelligent control systems

Francis E. Kennedy Jr.

Professor of Engineering, Emeritus

Research Interests: 

Surface mechanics and tribology (friction, wear, lubrication, surface deformation); mechanical design; mechanical behavior of materials; biomechanics

Christopher G. Levey

Associate Professor of Engineering
Director, Microengineering Laboratory
Director, Instructional Laboratories
Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests: 

Microfabrication technology; micro-optical systems and binary optics; micromechanical and electromechanical systems (MEMS); microrobotics

William Lotko

Sue and John Ballard '55 TT'56 Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Geospace environment; space plasma physics, modeling, simulation; magnetohydrodynamics; electromagnetic fields and waves

Daniel R. Lynch

MacLean Professor of Engineering Emeritus

Research Interests: 

Scientific management of natural resources; physical/biological interactions in the coastal ocean; advanced computational methods with applications in water resources and environmental engineering

Vicki V. May

Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Engineering education; inquiry-based learning; student-centered learning; K-12 and outreach activities; creativity; seismic engineering

Victor F. Petrenko

Professor of Engineering, Emeritus

Research Interests: 

Materials science; physics of semiconductors; heat transfer and refrigeration technologies; ice physics and ice engineering; de-icing and anti-icing technology; ice and snow friction

Minh Q. Phan

Associate Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

System identification; iterative learning control; model predictive control; control of robotic swarms; intelligent control; adaptive control

Laura Ray

Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Dynamics and controls; nonlinear estimation; mobile robots; active noise control; damage detection in smart structures; mechatronics

Horst J. Richter

Professor of Engineering, Emeritus

Bengt U.Ö. Sonnerup

Sydney E. Junkins 1887 Professor of Engineering, Emeritus

Douglas W. Van Citters

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Orthopaedic failure analysis and design; wear of polymers; polymer processing; biomaterials and surgical device design

Vikrant Vaze

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Logistics and transportation; aviation; healthcare analytics; healthcare systems modeling; building energy analytics; systems optimization; game theory; data-driven and statistical modeling

Ulrike G.K. Wegst

Associate Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: 

Mechanical performance of natural materials; biomaterials and tissue engineering; self-assembly; biotemplated materials; biomimetics; novel materials for nuclear fuel applications; multifunctional hybrid materials; materials selection and eco-design; eco-audits; materials in musical instruments and sports equipment; science education through interdisciplinary projects linking music, arts and sport