Bayly<img alt="Philip Bayly" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Bayly_Phil.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Department Chair & ProfessorPhilip Bayly - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - Develops imaging methods to study biomechanics from cell motility to traumatic brain injury<div>​​​PhD, Duke University, 1993</div><div>MSc, Brown University, 1987</div><div>AB, Dartmouth College, 1986</div><p>​Depart​ment Chair</p><p>The Lilyan and E. Lisle Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering</p><h3>​Biography</h3><p>Professor Bayly has been a member of the faculty at Washington University since 1993. In 1996, he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In 2004, he was awarded Engineering Professor of the Year and he has twice received the School of Engineering & Applied Science "Big Fish" Award for graduate student mentoring​. <br/><br/>From 1988 to 1990, Professor Bayly worked as an engineer for Pitney Bowes in Stamford, CT and for the Shriners Hospital in Springfield, MA.</p><h3>Research</h3><p>Professor Bayly studies impact, vibration, wave motion, and instability in mechanical and biomedical systems. He uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the mechanics of brain injury and brain development. He also studies the nonlinear dynamic phenomena that underlie the oscillatory movements of cells and microorganisms.​<br/></p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Bayly_research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-6081<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Urbauer Hall, Room 319E​​</p><a href="">play video</a><p>​<a href="/news/Pages/Bayly,-Rudy-receive-continued-funding-for-research.aspx">Bayly, Rudy receive continued funding for research</a></p><p><br/></p><p><br/></p> Agarwal<img alt="Ramesh Agarwal" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Agarwal_Ramesh.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />ProfessorRamesh Agarwal - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Researches ways to make buildings more energy efficient<div>​​PhD, Stanford University, 1975</div><div>MS, University of Minnesota, 1969</div><div>BS, Indian Institute of Technology, 1968</div><p>​​​The William Palm Professor of Engineering</p><h3>Biography</h3> <p>Prior to joining the faculty at Washington University in 2001, Professor Agarwal was the Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Wichita State University from 1994 to 1996 and the Executive Director of National Institute for Aviation Research from 1996 to 2001. From 1994 to 2001, he was also the Bloomfield Distinguished Professor at Wichita State University. </p><p>From 1978 to 1994, Professor Agarwal worked in various scientific and managerial positions at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis. He became the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow in 1990. From 1976 to 1978, Professor Agarwal worked as a NRC Research Associate at NASA Ames Research Center and as a Principal Research Engineer at Rao and Associates in Palo Alto, California from 1975 to 1976. </p><p>Over a period of 35 years, Professor Agarwal has worked in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and Electromagnetics, Computational Aeroacoustics, Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization, Rarefied Gas Dynamics and Hypersonic Flows, Bio-Fluid Dynamics, and Flow and Flight Control. More recently, he has devoted some of his efforts in nanotechnology and renewable energy systems - in particular wind, solar and biomass. He is the author and coauthor of over 500 publications and serves on the editorial board of more than 20 journals. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide. Professor Agarwal continues to serve on many professional, government, and industrial advisory committees. </p><p>Professor Agarwal is a Fellow of eighteen societies: American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), Institute of Pysics (IOP), UK, Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Energy Institute (EI), Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials,​ American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Academy of Science of St. Louis, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and World Innovation Foundation (WIF). He has received many honors and awards for his research contributions including the ASME Fluids Engineering Award (2001), ASME Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (2006), Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Award (2007), AIAA Aerodynamics Award (2008), AIAA/SAE 2009 William Littlewood Lecture Award (2009), James B. Eads Award of Academy of Science of St. Louis (2009), ASEE/AIAA John Leland Atwood Award (2009), SAE Clarence Kelly Johnson Award (2009), SAE Franklin W. Kolk Award (2009), AIAA Lindbergh Award (2010), SAE Aerospace Engineering Leadership Award (2013), SAE Excellence in Engineering Education Award, SAE International Medal of Honor (2015) and AIAA Reed Aeronatuics Award (2015) among many others.</p><h3>Research</h3><p>Professor Agarwal's current research interests are in flow control, rarefied gas dynamics and hypersonic flows, turbulence modeling, bio-fluid dynamics, energy from wind and biomass, carbon capture and sequestration, chemical looping combustion, and energy efficiency of buildings.​​​<br/></p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Agarwal_research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-6091<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Green Hall, Room 3120E​</p><p>​<a href="/news/Pages/Agarwal-named-fellow-of-Chinese-Society-of-Aeronautics-and-Astronautics.aspx">Agarwal named fellow of Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics</a></p><p><a href="/news/Pages/Agarwal-to-study-turbulence-modeling-with-NASA-grant.aspx">Agarwal to study turbulence modeling with NASA grant</a><br/></p><p><a href="/news/Pages/Agarwal,-Zhang-publish-book-on-geological-carbon-storage.aspx">Agarwal, Zhang publish book on geological carbon storage</a><br/></p><p><br/></p> Agonafer<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Agonafer,%20Damena.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />​Assistant ProfessorDamena Agonafer - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Works to develop 3D electrodes for energy storage devices used to harvest free energy of solutions<p>​PhD, University of Illinois, 2012<br/>MSc, Carnegie Mellon, 2006<br/>BSc, University of Texas at Arlington, 2004</p><p>​Assistant Professor</p><h3>Biography<br/><span style="line-height: inherit; color: #222222; font-family: "open sans", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">As a PhD candidate at​ </span><span style="line-height: 25.6px; color: #222222; font-family: "open sans", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">the</span><span style="line-height: 25.6px; color: #222222; font-family: "open sans", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"> University of </span><span style="line-height: 25.6px; color: #222222; font-family: "open sans", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Illinois</span><span style="line-height: inherit; color: #222222; font-family: "open sans", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">, Professor Agonafer was the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan fellowship award. </span><span style="line-height: 25.6px; color: #222222; font-family: "open sans", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">In 2012, Damena joined Professor Ken Goodson's Nanoheat lab as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the mechanical engineering department at Stanford University.</span></h3><div><div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: "libre baskerville", "times new roman", serif; font-size: 1.25em; line-height: 1.2;">Re</span><span style="color: #666666; font-family: "libre baskerville", "times new roman", serif; font-size: 1.25em; line-height: 1.2;">search<br/></span><span style="line-height: inherit;"><span style="line-height: 25.6px;">Professor Agonafer's </span>research interest includes the areas of phase routing strategies for chemical separation and phase change heat transfer processes, and electrochemical storage applications. His</span><span style="line-height: inherit;"> research interest is at the intersection of thermal-fluid sciences, electrokinetics and interfacial transport phenomena, and renewable energy. His goal is to bring transformational changes in the areas related to electrochemical energy storage, cooling of high powered micro and power electronics, and water desalination by tuning and controlling solid-liquid-vapor interactions at micro/nano length scales. </span><span style="line-height: inherit;">The </span><span style="line-height: inherit;">focus is on developing several technologies including: </span></div><div><ol><li><span style="line-height: inherit;">micro/nanostructured surfaces for phase change heat transfer, </span><span style="line-height: inherit;">interfacial transport phenomena, and phase routing strategies for multiphase systems, and </span><br/></li><li><span style="line-height: inherit;">development of 3D electrodes for electrochemical energy storage devices used to harvest free energy of solutions.​</span><br/></li></ol></div></div><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/shield_red.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-6107<br/><a href=""> <br/></a>Green Hall, Room 3157​</p> Banerjee<img alt="Parag Banerjee" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Banerjee_Parag.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant ProfessorParag Banerjee - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Conducts research to improve biomedical sensors<div>​​PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, 2011</div><div>MS, Washington State University, Pullman, 2000</div><div>BE, Indian Institute of Technology, 1998</div><p>​Assistant Professor</p><h3>Biography</h3><p>Professor Parag Banerjee joined Washington University in St. Louis as faculty in July 2011 after completing his PhD under the supervision of <a href="">Professor Gary W. Rubloff</a> at the University of Maryland, College Park. During his doctoral work, he was also a future faculty fellow and the John and Maureen Hendricks energy research fellow at the <a href="">University of Maryland</a> (2008-2011), proposing, funding and driving his own doctoral research. </p><p>Prior to his doctoral studies, Professor Banerjee was a process engineer at <a href="">Micron Technology Inc.</a> in Boise, Idaho for six years. There he worked on state-of-the-art, D-RAM, S-RAM and FLASH dielectric and device reliability issues as well as developed front-end processes for advanced high-k dielectrics in their semiconductor R&D lab.</p><p>Professor Banerjee is the recipient of the <a href="">Microscopy Society of America’s</a> (MSA) Presidential Student Award (2009), University of Maryland’s <a href="">Office of Technology Commercialization</a> (OTC) Top Invention of the Year Award (2009) and the University of Maryland, Department of MSE’s best thesis award (2010).</p><h3>Research</h3><p>Professor Banerjee’s research interests focus on two aspects of materials science and engineering. Firstly, he is interested in the synthesis of nanomaterials with tunable properties using principles of self- assembly and self-limited reactions. Secondly and perhaps more importantly, he is interested in integrating these materials into ‘performance enhancing’ nano-architectures for components such as biomedical sensors, energy storage and energy harvesting devices.​<br/></p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Banerjee_research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-3537<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Urbauer Hall, Room 308</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.6; font-size: 16px;"></span><a href="/news/Pages/Copper-oxide-nanowires-could-become-basis-for-new-solar-cells.aspx"><span style="line-height: 1.6; font-size: 16px;">Copper oxide nanowires could become basis for new solar cells​</span></a></p> Flores<img alt="Kathy Flores" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Flores_Kathy.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />ProfessorKatharine Flores - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient<div>​​​PhD, Stanford University, 2000</div><div>MS, Stanford University, 1997</div><div>BS, Washington University, 1995</div><p>​​Professor </p><h3>​Biography</h3><p></p><div>Professor Flores joined the Washington University in St. Louis faculty in 2012. In addition to serving on the Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science faculty, she is the Associate Director for the university's Institute of Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to joining Washington University, Prof. Flores was a faculty member in Materials Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University (2002-2012). In 2005, Professor Flores received two prestigious early-career awards for her research on bulk metallic glasses; a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.<br/><br/></div><div>In addition to her research, from 2008-2012 Professor Flores was the Director of Education and Outreach for the Center for Emergent Materials, the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Ohio State University. In 2011, she was a co-recipient of an Ohio Faculty Innovator Award for her efforts to improve undergraduate instruction in materials science and engineering.”</div><h3>​Research</h3><div>Professor Flores' primary research interest is the mechanical behavior of high performance structural materials, with particular emphasis on understanding structure-processing-property relationships in bulk metallic glasses and their composites.<br/> <br/>She leads research projects on topics ranging from investigations of the structural origins of deformation in metallic glass​es to the development of efficient strategies for the design of new glasses with desirable properties. She is particularly interested in the development of new manufacturing techniques suited to the unique processing capabilities of these alloys, in an effort to accelerate their incorporation in mainstream and high performance applications.​"<br/></div><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Flores%20research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-3184<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Urbauer Hall, Room 314E​</p> Genin<img alt="Guy Genin" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Genin_Guy.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />ProfessorGuy Genin - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Studies interfaces & adhesion in physiology & nature​<div>​​​PhD, Harvard University, 1996</div><div>SM, Harvard University, 1993</div><div>MS, Case Western Reserve University, 1992</div><div>BSCE, Case Western Reserve University, 1990</div><p>​Professor</p><h3>Biography</h3><p>​Professor Genin joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999 following postdoctoral research at Cambridge and Brown. He is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. </p><p>​Professor Genin​ is the recipient of several awards for engineering design, teaching, and research, including a Research Career Award from the National Institutes of Health, the Skalak Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Professor of the Year from Washington University in St. Louis, the Yangtze River Scholar Award from the Chinese Ministry of Education, and best paper awards from several conferences and journals including the American Society of Mechanical En​gineers' Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.</p><p>He chaired the ASME Tissue and Cellular Engineering Technical Committee for three years, and currently serves as co-lead of the NIH working group on integrated multiscale biomechanics experiment and modeling. He has organized several major conferences and international workshops, including the 2015 ASME International Conference and Exhibition on Nanoengineering in Medicine and Biology (NEMB 2015). He has served on the editorial boards and as an editor, guest editor, or associate editor of a number of journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ACS Biomedical Materials and Engineering, Acta Mechanica Sinica, and ASME Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine.<br/></p><h3>Research</h3><p>Professor Genin studies interfaces and adhesion in nature, physiology, and engineering. His current research focuses on interfaces between tissues at the attachment of tendon to bone, between cells in cardiac fibrosis, and between protein structures at the periphery of plant and animal cells.​<br/></p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Genin%20research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-5660<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Green Hall, Room 312​0D</p><a href="">play video</a><p><a href="/news/Pages/Genin-named-Global-Scholars-Fellow-at-Tsinghua-University.aspx"><span style="line-height: 1.6; font-size: 16px;">​</span></a><a href="/news/Pages/Genin-receives-highest-academic-honor-from-Chinese-government.aspx">Genin receives highest academic honor from Chinese government</a></p><p><a href="/news/Pages/Genin-named-Global-Scholars-Fellow-at-Tsinghua-University.aspx"><span style="line-height: 1.6; font-size: 16px;">Genin named Global Scholars Fellow at Tsinghua University​​</span></a></p><a href="/news/Pages/Researchers-blend-orthopedics,-engineering-to-better-repair-torn-rotator-cuffs.aspx">Researchers blend orthopedics, engineering to better repair torn rotator cuffs</a><p><br/> </p> Harmon<img alt="Thomas Harmon" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Harmon_Thomas.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />ProfessorThomas Harmon - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Researches modeling of concrete materials and earthquake resistance of new structures<div>​​PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973</div><div>AB, Washington University in St. Louis, 1966</div>​The Clifford W. Murphy Professor of Civil Engineering<br/><h3>​Biography</h3><p>Professor Harmon worked as a professor at Washington University in St. Louis since 1982. He has extensive experience in structural design and consulting including performing the structural analysis and much of the design work for the 87-story Amoco Building in Chicago. </p><p>He also was part of the team that retrofitted the Hancock building in Boston for cladding and structural deficiencies.</p><h3>Research</h3><p>Professor Harmon's research interests include FRP materials, constitutive modeling of concrete materials with emphasis on failure and post failure behavior, fatigue behavior of concrete pavements, lightweight concretes, high strength and fiber reinforced concretes, seismic retrofit of steel, concrete, and masonry structures, and earthquake resistance of new structures.​<br/></p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Harmon_research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-4536<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Urbauer Hall, Room 310​</p> Jakiela<img alt="Mark Jakiela" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Jakiela_Mark.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />ProfessorMark Jakiela - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Collaborates on research projects with Polaroid, Ford, Nissan and Boeing<div>​​PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1988</div><div>MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1984</div><div>BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1983</div><p>​The Lee Hunter Professor of Mechanical Design & Program Director for WUSTL/UMSL Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program</p><h3>​​Biography</h3><p>Professor Jakiela came to Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, he was named a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator in mechanical engineering and served as Associate Director of the MIT Computer-Aided Design Lab. <br/><br/>At WashU, Professor Jakiela teaches courses related to engineering design, including <em>Introduction to Mechanical and Structural Engineering</em> (design contest project course), <em>Mechanical Design and Machine Elements</em>, <em>Engineering Design Optimization</em>, and <em>Fluid Power Systems</em>.</p><h3>Research</h3>Professor Jakiela conducts research related to engineering design and design optimization.  He has specialized in the application of evolutionary computation to problems in design and manufacturing. Together with associated researchers, he has developed systems that perform structural topology optimization, shape pattern nesting, finite element mesh generation, antenna design, and the optimal arrangement of piezoelectric actuators on aerodynamic surfaces. More recently, he has investigated computer-based systems that allow engineering design and product development to be done by web-based user communities, as well as comprehensive cost models for remanufacturing processes.<div><br/>He has had collaborative research projects with many industry partners, including Ford, Nissan, Hitachi, and Boeing.​​</div><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/research_gargoyle_4.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-4966<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Urbauer Hall, Room 224​</p> Jerina<img alt="Kenneth Jerina" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Jerina_Ken.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />ProfessorKenneth Jerina - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Studies fatigue and fracture behavior of structural materials<div>​​DSc, Washington University in St. Louis, 1974</div><div>MSc, Washington University in St. Louis, 1971</div><div>BSc, University of Illinois, 1969</div><p>​The Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Professor of Engineering and Associate Department Chair for Mechanical Engineering</p><h3>​Biography</h3><p></p><p>Kenneth L. Jerina is the Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Professor of Engineering and Associate Chairman of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University, and a DSc in Mechanical Engineering, also from Washington University. Prior to returning to St. Louis to join the faculty of Washington University, Dr. Jerina was a Materials Research Engineer at the Air Force Materials Laboratory, Director of the Experimental Mechanics Research Laboratory at MTS Systems Corporation, and Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University.  </p><p>Over the course of his academic and industrial career, Dr. Jerina has addressed a variety of engineering needs that are particularly relevant to materials engineering and has received numerous honors and awards including Outstanding Professional Engineer in Education from the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (2014), ASTM Award of Appr​eciation (2013), Washington University School of Engineering Dean's Award for Extraordinary Service (2013), Washington University School of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award (2011​) and ASTM Award of Merit (2003) among others. In 2003, Dr. Jerina was named Fellow of The American Society for Testing and Materials.</p><h3>Research</h3><p>Dr. Jerina’s research has been funded by government and industry and encompasses life prediction related to aircraft structure, constitutive modeling for engineering design, and fatigue behavior of structural materials. He has authored and co-authored 75 scholarly papers on: fatigue of conventional and advanced metallic, polymeric and composite materials; constitutive models for engineering design that are accurate and reliable; measurement of mechanical, time dependent and fatigue properties of silicone elastomers. He has mentored 35 Master and Doctoral students and advised numerous thesis and dissertation graduate students.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/JerinaResearchPhoto.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-4960<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Urbauer Hall, Room 319F​</p><p>​<a href="/news/Pages/Jerina-named-Outstanding-Professional-Engineer-in-Education.aspx">Jerina named Outstanding Professional Engineer in Education​</a></p> Lake<img alt="Spencer Lake" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Lake_Spencer.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant ProfessorSpencer Lake - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Aims to enhance fundamental understanding of orthopaedic soft tissues<div>​​PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2009</div><div>BS, University of Utah, 2003</div><p>​Assistant Professor​</p><h3>​Biography</h3><p>Professor Lake joined Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow and supervisor of the Tissue Mechanics Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His doctoral research was conducted in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, and his undergraduate degree is in Bioengineering from the University of Utah. </p><h3>Research</h3><p>Professor Lake’s research focuses on soft tissue biomechanics, with an emphasis on orthopaedic tissues, such as tendon and ligament. His research uses a multiscale experimental and computational approach to evaluate the in vivo loading environment, tissue properties, and microstructural structure-function relationships of tissues that function in complex physiologic environments.<br/> <br/>Studies conducted by Dr. Lake's research group in the <a href="">Musculoskeletal Soft Tissue Laboratory​​</a> aim to enhance fundamental understanding of healthy tissue properties, elucidate changes that occur in (and mechanisms responsible for) injury/disease, and provide guidelines for improved treatment/replacement strategies. While focused primarily on tendon and ligament of the upper extremity (i.e., shoulder and elbow), these studies also have broad applicability towards understanding properties and relationships of many different native and engineered soft tissues.​<br/></p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Lake_research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-3161<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Urbauer Hall, Room 306​</p> Meacham<img alt="Mark Meacham" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Meacham_Mark.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant ProfessorMark Meacham - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Studies microfluidics, micro-electromechanical systems and associated transport phenomena<div>​​PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006</div><div>MS, Iowa State University, 2002</div><div>BS, Iowa State University, 1999</div><p>Assistant Professor​​​</p><h3>Biography</h3><p>Professor Meacham joined the faculty at Washington University in 2014 after founding and serving as president and CEO for OpenCell Technologies, an early-stage company developing intracellular nanomaterial delivery tools for life sciences researchers. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Drs. David Ross and Laurie Locascio in the Biochemical Sciences division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and completed doctoral research under the guidance of Drs. Andrei Fedorov and Levent Degertekin at the Georgia Institute of Technology.</p><div>Professor Meacham is recipient of a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship (2006), Georgia Tech Institute Fellowship (2002), and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2002). He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University (received in 1999 and 2002, respectively).​</div><h3>Research​</h3><div>Professor Meacham’s research interests include microfluidics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and associated transport phenomena, with application to design, development and testing of novel energy systems and life sciences tools, from scalable micro-/nanotechnologies for improved heat and mass exchangers to MEMS-based tools for manipulation and investigation of cellular processes. He is also interested in the behavior of jets and/or droplets of complex fluids during ejection from microscopic orifices, which is critical to applications as disparate as biological sample preparation and additive manufacturing.​<br/></div><div><br/></div><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/shield_red.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-3821<br/><a href=""></a>​<br/>Urbauer Hall, Room 314D</p><p>​​<a href="/news/Pages/Twelve-new-faculty-members-to-join-Engineering-in-2014-15.aspx">Twelve new faculty members to join Engineering in 2014-15​</a></p> Mishra<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Mishra_Rohan_03.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant ProfessorRohan Mishra - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - Joins WashU following a postdoctoral program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory<div>​​​​PhD, The Ohio State University, 2012</div><div>BS, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, 2008</div><p>​​Assistant Professor<br/></p><h3> Biography</h3><p>Rohan Mishra joined Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. He was previously <span><span>a guest scientist and a postdoctoral scholar (through Vanderbilt University)</span></span> at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Previously, he was a fellow of the Center for Emergent Materials at The Ohio State University.</p><p>Mishra earned a doctorate in materials science and engineering from The Ohio State University in 2012 and a bachelor's degree in technology from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka in Surathkal, India in 2008.</p><h3>Research<br/></h3><p><strong></strong>In his lab at WashU, Mishra plans to identify and develop a quantitative measure of structure-property correlations in materials, such as epitaxial thin films and materials with reduced dimensionality, using a synergistic combination of scanning transmission electron microscopy and atomic-scale theory, to create rational design of materials with properties tailored for electronic, magnetic, optical and energy applications.</p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/shield_red.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-5585<br/><a href=""><span class="dd"></span></a><a href=""></a><br/>Urbauer Hall, Room 314F</p> Pathak<img alt="Amit Pathak" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Pathak_Amit.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant ProfessorAmit Pathak - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Researches problems at the interface of mechanics & biology<div>​​PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008</div><div>B.Tech/M.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2002</div><p>​Assistant Professor​</p><h3>​Biography</h3>Professor Pathak joined Washington University in St. Louis as assistant professor in January 2013 after completing his postdoctoral fellowship in Bioengineering at the University of California-Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California-Santa Barbara after finishing undergraduate studies at Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay.<br/> <br/>Professor Pathak is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2015) and Mallinckrodt New Investigator Award (2014). <p> </p><h3>Research</h3><p>Professor Pathak's research interests include biomechanics, biomaterials, mechanobiology of the cell, and interactions between cells and extracellular matrices. In particular, his research aims to understand how mechanical properties of three-dimensional matrices affect cell behavior through various sub-cellular mechanisms. His lab tackles this multi-variable problem through a multidisciplinary approach that includes fabrication of new matrix platforms, development of advanced measurement tools in cell biology, and construction of predictive computational models.​​​<br/></p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Pathak_research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-7585<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Urbauer Hall, Room 307</p><p><a href="/news/Pages/Mechanical-journey-of-cancer-cells-focus-of-new-study.aspx">​<span style="line-height: 1.6;">Mechanical journey of cancer cells focus of new study</span><span style="line-height: 1.6;">​</span></a>​</p><p><a href="">Pathak receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation​</a><br/></p> Peters<img alt="David Peters" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Peters_David.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />ProfessorDavid Peters - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Studies the dynamic motions that influence vehicle dynamics of airplane propellers & helicopters<div>​PhD, Stanford University, 1974</div><div>MS, Washington University, 1970</div><div>BS, Washington University, 1969</div><p>​The McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering </p><h3>​Biography</h3><p>Professor Peters first joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) in 1975. Prior to that, he was an associate engineer at McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. in St. Louis from 1969-1970 and a research scientist in the Army Air Mobility R&D Laboratory from 1970-1975. He also received his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1974.<br/><br/>Professor Peters left WashU to join the faculty of Georgia Tech in 1985 but returned in 1991. Professor Peters served as the Chair of the WashU Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1982-1985 and from 1997-2007.<br/><br/>Currently, Professor Peters is the Director of Washington University's Center for Computational Mechanics and the Associate Director of Georgia Tech/Washington University Center of Excellence for Rotor Technology. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech.</p><div class="ExternalClass99F0D854AE9746259D40D0BD84B89744"> </div><div class="ExternalClass99F0D854AE9746259D40D0BD84B89744">Additionally, Professor Peters is the recipient of the following awards: Nikolsky Lectureship of the American Helicopter Society, 2008; Reed Aeronautics Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astornautics, 2011; Spirit of St. Louis Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2013.​</div><h3>Research</h3><div class="ExternalClass99F0D854AE9746259D40D0BD84B89744">Professor Peters's research projects in rotor wake modeling seek to correctly model the dynamic motions that profoundly influence vehicle dynamics of airplane propellers, helicopters, and tilt rotors. </div><div class="ExternalClass99F0D854AE9746259D40D0BD84B89744"><br/>His other research interests include aero elasticity modeling of helicopter rotors and wind turbines with unsteady aerodynamics and nonlinear structural deformations and response to stalling.​<br/></div><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Peters_research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-4337<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Urbauer Hall, Room 314G​</p><a href="">play video</a> Sastry<img alt="Shankar Sastry" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Sastry_Shankar.JPG?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />ProfessorShankar Sastry - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Conducts research within the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization<div>​​​PhD, University of Toronto, 1974</div><div>MEng, Indian Institute of Science, 1970</div><div>BEng, Indian Institute of Science, 1968</div><div>BS, Bangalore University, 1965</div><p>​​The Christopher I. Byrnes Professor of Engineering</p><h3>​Biography</h3><p>As a visiting scientist at the Air Force Materials Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from 1974 to 1976, Professor Sastry was a key research investigator in the pioneering work of the development of titanium aluminides for high performance gas turbine engine applications. From 1977 to 1991, Professor Sastry worked at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories (MDRL) in St. Louis. As the group leader and program director of Metals and Composites research team at MDRL, Professor Sastry developed several high performance light weight alloys for aircraft applications. He introduced the use of super plastic forming processing maps for near net shape fabrication of aircraft structural components. <br/><br/>For his contributions in the field of structural materials, Professor Sastry was honored with MDC Fellow Award in 1990. Professor Sastry has been a professor at Washington University since 1991. He is a member of the American Society for Metals, The Metallurgical Society (TMS), and the past chairman of the Mechanical Metallurgy and Physical Metallurgy Committees of TMS.</p><h3>Research</h3><p>Professor Sastry has over 33 years of experience in the development of high performance structural materials, rapidly solidified aluminum and titanium alloys, metal matrix composites, advanced solders, titanium aluminides, high temperature intermetallics and advanced materials processing. </p><p>The current focus of his research group is to develop an integrated approach combining innovative low cost materials processing with ultralight high strength high modulus product for the fabrication of high performance aerospace and automotive structural components. With the objective of developing predictive capability for the selection of 'processing window' for optimum microstructural refinement and maximum property improvements, Finite element method based codes combined with recovery/recrystallization mechanism-based constitutive equations are used to simulate the materials processing by methods such as equal channel angular extrusion and determine microstructural refinements produced by such processes. The simulations are validated by experimental measurements using state-of-the art processing facilities. Professor Sastry has patents on advanced titanium composites, transient titanium alloys, titanium powder production, and explosively bonded superplastic aluminum alloys. He has been the principal investigator of several Air Force, Navy, NSF, DARPA, and NASA sponsored R & D Programs.​<br/></p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Sastry_research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-4869<br/><a href="">smls@​</a><br/>Green Hall, Room 3120F</p> Singamaneni<img alt="Srikanth Singamaneni" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Singamaneni_Srikanth.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Associate ProfessorSrikanth Singamaneni - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Develops new nanomaterials for biology & medicine​<div>​​PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009</div><div>MS, Western Michigan University, 2004</div><div>BE, Nagarjuna University, 2002</div><p>Associate Professor</p><h3>​Biography</h3><p>Professor Singamaneni joined the Washington University in St. Louis faculty in January 2010. From 2006 to 2009, he was a graduate research assistant in Professor Vladimir V. Tsukruk’s lab. </p><p>He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2013), Dean’s Faculty Award for Innovation in Research (2013), MRS graduate student Gold Award (Fall 2008), Materials Research Society Best-Poster Award (Spring 2007) and departmental creative and scholarly award at Western Michigan University in 2004.</p><div></div><div>Professor Singamaneni has co-authored over 85 refereed articles in archival journals, eight invited reviews, six book chapters and a book.</div><h3>Research<br/></h3><div><span style="line-height: 1.6;">Professor Singamaneni’s research interests include Plasmonic engineering in nanomedicine (in vitro biosensing for point-of-care diagnostics, molecular bioimaging, nanotherapeutics), photovoltaics (plasmonically enhahced photovoltaic devices), surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) based chemical sensors with particular emphasis on the design and fabrication of unconventional and highly efficient SERS substrates, hierarchical organic/inorganic nanohybrids as multifunctional materials, bioinspired structural and functional materials, polymer surfaces and interfaces, responsive and adaptive materials and scanning probe microscopy and surface force spectroscopy of soft and biological materials.​</span><br/></div><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Singamaneni_research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-5407<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Green Hall, Room 3120C</p><a href="">play video</a> <ul><li><span style="line-height: inherit;">​</span><a href="/news/Pages/Dirty-to-drinkable.aspx" style="line-height: inherit; background-color: #ffffff;">Engineers develop novel hybrid nanomaterials to transform water</a><br/></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.6;">​</span><span style="line-height: inherit;">​</span><span style="line-height: inherit;">​</span><a href="/news/Pages/Integrating-natural,-man-made-resources-may-lead-to-better-materials.aspx" style="line-height: inherit; background-color: #ffffff;">In​​​tegrating natural, man-made resources may lead to better materials</a><br/></li><li><a href="/news/Pages/Engineering-faculty-receive-I-CARES-Research-Awards.aspx" style="line-height: inherit; background-color: #ffffff;">Engineering faculty receive I-CARES Research Awards</a><br/>​</li></ul> Wagenseil<img alt="Jessica Wagenseil" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Wagenseil_Jessica.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Associate ProfessorJessica Wagenseil - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - ​Researches cardiovascular mechanics<div>​​​​BS, University of California, San Diego, 1997</div><div>DSc, Washington University, 2003</div><div>Postdoc, Washington University, 2008</div><p>​​Associate Professor</p><h3>​Biography</h3><p>Professor Wagenseil joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. She was a faculty member in Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University from 2009–2013. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cell Biology and Physiology with Dr. Robert Mecham at the Washington University School of Medicine focusing on elastin assembly and the mechanical properties of arteries with reduced elastin amounts. She completed her doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering under the guidance of Dr. Ruth Okamoto at Washington University studying the mechanical properties of bio-artificial tissues.<br/> <br/>Professor Wagenseil is originally from California, and received her bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego.​</p><h3>Research</h3><p>Professor Wagenseil studies cardiovascular mechanics, specifically focusing on cardiovascular development, extracellular matrix proteins, and microstructurally-based constitutive modeling. Her work is important for testing clinical interventions for elastin-related diseases and for designing better protocols for building tissue-engineered blood vessels.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/Profiles/ResearchImages/Wagenseil_research.jpg?RenditionID=7" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​(314) 935-5052 <a href=""></a> Urbauer Hall, Room 314B<br/></p><a href="">play video</a><a href="/news/Pages/Research-suggests-new-contributor-to-heart-disease.aspx"><span style="line-height: inherit;">​Research suggests new contributor to heart disease​</span></a> Weisensee<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Weisensee.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />​Assistant ProfessorPatricia Weisensee - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science - <span style="font-size: 0.9em;">​​PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016<br/></span><span style="font-size: 0.9em;">Dipl.-Ing., Technical University Munich, 2013<br/></span><span style="font-size: 0.9em;">MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011</span><p>​Assistant Professor</p><p>​Patricia Weisensee will join Washington University in St. Louis as an assistant professor in January 2017. <br/><br/>Patricia is a PhD candidate at the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), under the supervision of Drs. Bill King and Nenad Miljkovic. <br/><br/>Her work focuses on micro- and nanostructured surfaces for fluid and heat transfer applications. Patricia received her Diplom-Ingenieur (B.S. + M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering with high distinction from TU Munich, Germany, in 2013, where she received the Siemens Energy Award for her work on condensing steam bubbles in subcooled flowing water. During her Diplom studies, Patricia was a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes). Patricia also holds a M.S. in Materials Sciences from UIUC, where she worked with Drs. Joseph Feser and David Cahill on the thermal conductivity of Uranium Oxide thin films damaged with heavy ion irradiation. </p><p>​(314) 935-6047<br/><a href=""></a><br/>Urbauer Hall​</p>