HPC center members

 

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Joseph Smith

Professor, Laufer Endowed Energy Chair

Research Interests

Hybrid energy systems, Fuels combustion and gasification, Industrial gas flare design, operation, and regulation, Process modeling, monitoring, control, and operation

Muthanna H. Al-Dahhan

Professor, Department Chair

Research Interests

Reactor Engineering; Transport-Kinetic Integration; Advanced Measurement and Computational Techniques

Chemistry

Richard Dawes

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Physical chemistry, theoretical spectroscopy, molecular dynamics.

Garry Grubbs

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Physical chemistry, advanced microwave spectroscopy, materials chemistry.

Gary Long

Professor

Research Interests

Inorganic and solid state chemistry, materials science.

Vadym Mochalin

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Materials for extreme environments, energy, biomedicine.

Computer Science

Frank Liu

Professor

Research Interests

Software Engineering, Collaboration Technology, & Intelligent Systems.

Daniel Tauritz

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Evolutionary Computing, Automated Design of Algorithms, Cyber Security, Automated Software Engineering.

Electrical and Computing Engineering

James L. Drewniak

Curators' Professor

Research Interests
  • Investigation of coupling physics and numerical modeling for electromagnetic compatibility in printed and integrated circuits
  • Power electronics and electric machinery
  • Electromagnetic packaging effects and signal integrity
  • MEMS
  • Numerical electromagnetic analysis
Jun Fan

Professor and Director for the Missouri S&T Center for Electromagnetic Compatibility

Research Interests
  • Intra-system electromagnetic interference
  • Radio-frequency interference
  • Issues for mixed digital/RF systems
  • Signal and power integrity for high-speed digital circuits
David Johannes Pommerenke

Professor

Research Interests
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Electronics
  • Instrumentation and measurement techniques
  • Electrostatic discharge
  • Sensors and high-voltage systems
Donald Wunsch

Mary K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor of Computer Engineering

Research Interests
  • lustering or unsupervised learning
  • Adaptive dynamic programming (ADP) or reinforcement learning
  • Neural networks hardware and applications

Geology and Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering

Andreas Eckert

Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests
  • Numerical simulation of buckle folding
  • Numerical simulation of rock fabric evolution
  • Fracture initiation
  • Salt tectonics
  • Deformation bands
  • Wellbore and reservoir geomechanics
Stephen Gao

Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

Dr. Gao's research emphasizes the combination of geology, physics, mathematics, and computer science to explore the Earth. We image the structure of the Earth's deep interior using elastic waves produced by earthquakes, and study the distribution of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in space and time.

Kelly Liu

Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

I am a geophysicist  with a teaching and research interest in both exploration geophysics and solid-earth geophysics. My expertise includes 3-D seismic data interpretation, digital signal processing, computational and observational seismology, seismic hazard mitigation, and layered structure detection in the earth's mantle.

Heidari Peyman

Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests
  • Reactive transport modeling
  • Scale formation in oil reservoirs
  • Mineral dissolution/precipitation
  • Numerical simulation of geochemical processes
  • Contaminant fate and transport in porous media
  • Groundwater flow
  • Chemical remediation
  • Miscible gas flooding
  • Water flooding

Information Technology

Dan Uetrecht

Interim Chief Information Officer

Mark Bookout

Director of Information Technology

Research Interests

Holding a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Park College, he has more than 25 years of experience in software development, systems administration, technical instruction, computer aided instruction design, product development, development and support team operations, project and program management, and strategic development. Mark currently serves as the director for Research Support Services at Missouri S&T, a directorate within the IT organization.

Materials Science and Engineering

Wayne Huebner

Professor of Ceramic Engineering

Research Interests

Preparation, characterization, and theoretical understanding of electronic ceramics, in particular ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, varistors, thermistors, superionic conductors, and solid oxide electrolytes; fuel cells; and oxygen separation membranes.

Mohsen Asle Zaeem

Couch Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Phase field modeling of nano/microstructural evolution, in particular during solidification, recrystallization, phase transformation, and oxidation; multiscale/multiphysics modeling; finite element method; severe plastic deformation.

Caizhi Zhou

Couch Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Dislocation dynamics simulations of plasticity; atomistic simulation for nano-materials; finite element modeling of crystal plasticity; friction stir welding for industrial applications. Exploring fundamental material deformation and strengthening mechanisms and improving the understanding of relationship between microstructure and mechanical behaviour.

Mathematics and Statistics

Xiaoming He

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Interface problems, computational fluid dynamics, computational electromagnetics, stochastic PDEs, boundary integral equations, feedback control

Finite element methods, domain decomposition methods, extrapolations

Computational plasma physics (Particle-In-Cell method)

John Singler

Associate Professor

Research Interests

My general research areas are applied mathematics, scientific computing, and numerical analysis. I am particularly interested in reduced order modeling of partial differential equations (PDEs), computational feedback control of PDEs, and applications in control theory, engineering, and mathematics.

Gayla Olbricht

Assistant Professor

Research Interests
  • Genomics, epigenomics, and bioinformatics
  • Modeling sleep in Drosophila melanogaster (funded by NIH/NIGMS)
  • Modeling heterogeneity in autism spectrum disorder
 

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Kyle DeMars

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Stochastic estimation and control theory; information theory; nonlinear uncertainty propagation and rectification; autonomous guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles; orbit determination, data association, conjunction assessment, and collision avoidance; attitude dynamics, determination, and control; autonomous sensor management; high-fidelity dynamical and observational modeling.

Xiaoping Du

Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Design optimization, multidisciplinary optimization design, probabilistic/statistical methods, system/structural reliability, robust design, kinematics, mechanism synthesis, and petroleum machinery.

Lian Duan

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Direct numerical simulation (DNS) and large eddy simulation (LES), high-speed transitional and turbulent flows, chemically reacting flows, laminar flow control and turbulent drag reduction, and large-scale, high performance computing.

Kelly Homan

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics of energy systems. Heat and mass transfer in buoyant flows, second-law and exergy analysis, numerical simulation of transport phenomena and experimental methods.

Serhat Hosder

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, uncertainty quantification, hypersonic flows and systems, computational fluid dynamics, planetary entry/descent/landing of spacecraft, multidisciplinary analysis and design of aerospace vehicles, robust design, numerical methods.

Heng Pan

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Additive manufacturing, Electronics and photonics manufacturing, Thermal/laser assisted manufacturing, Laser annealing and crystallization, High-throughput and low cost micro/nano-manufacturing, Solution processing of nanomaterials, Molecular dynamics simulation, Transport phenomena in nano-manufacturing processes.

Jonghyun Park

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

 Advanced li-ion battery, beyond li-ion battery, energy storage system, renewable energy system, grid energy storage, nano, macro-mechanics of materials, self-assembly of nanoparticles, nanostructure, multiphysics, multiscale experiment and simulation.

Physics

Aleksandr Chernatynskiy

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Computational Materials Science, Mechanical and Transport Properties of Materials, in particular Thermal Conductivity, Materials in Extreme Environments, including Nuclear Materials and Materials in Planetary Environments, Ab-initio Simulations Techniques, Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Uncertainty Quantification.

Don Madison

Curators' Professor

Research Interests

Atomic Collision Theory, electron impact excitation and ionization of atoms and molecules, heavy particle collisions, Computational Physics and Related Algorithms.

Julia Medvedeva

Professor

Research Interests

Density-functional methods. Ab-initio molecular dynamics. Structural, electronic, magnetic, optical, and mechanical properties of solids from first principles. Transparent conducting oxides; amorphous oxide semiconductors; advanced steels; dilute magnetic semiconductors; strongly-correlated materials.

Ronald Olson

Emeritus Curators' Professor

Specialization

Theoretical Atomic Physics

Thomas Vojta

Professor

Research Interests

Quantum, classical and nonequilibrium phase transitions, critical behavior, magnetism and superconductivity in correlated quantum materials, transport in disordered media, quantum field theory, renormalization group, Monte-Carlo simulations.

Alexey Yamilov

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Wave Diffusion in Confined Geometries, Localization Phenomena, Coherent Control of Wave Transport, Imaging in Turbid Media, Lasing in Complex Photonic Media, Metamaterials