M.E. Faculty Updates

Aug. 7, 2018

After an exhaustive, dual national search, the M.E. Department is pleased to welcome two new, outstanding faculty members to our program: Yanyu Chen and Badri Narayanan. With these additions, the M.E. Department is poised to greatly enhance our education and research portfolio. A brief summary of each person is given below.

Yanyu Chen

Dr. Chen earned a B.S. degree from Wuhan University (China), an M.S. degree from Beijing Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY Stony Brook).  He then worked for a year as a post-doc at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado before coming to UofL.  His general research areas include solid mechanics, structural dynamics, meta-materials, and multi-functional composites.  Much of his work involves computational modeling and optimization of lightweight structural systems.

Badri Narayanan

Dr. Narayanan received his B.S. from the National Institute of Technology (India) and his M.S. from the Indian Institute of Science (India) before moving to the Colorado School of Mines to earn his Ph.D.  Since his Ph.D., he has been a post-doc at Argonne National Laboratory.  His research is focuses on computational materials modeling at multiple length and time scales.  These techniques include molecular dynamic simulations, density function models and advanced sampling methods.  Using these methods, he works to describe the underlying physics involved in material processes, tailor material functionality, examine interface behavior, etc. 

Faculty Departures

In addition to adding new faculty, the M.E. Department said goodbye to one faculty member: Keith Sharp.  We would like to thank him for his contributions, which are briefly described below.

M. Keith Sharp

Dr. Sharp retired after 18 years of dedicated service to the University of Louisville.  He came to UofL after earning his Ph.D. from MIT and working as a researcher at the University of Utah.  An energetic researcher, Dr. Sharp worked in two primary fields.  The first was bio-fluid mechanics.  Here he focused on blood flow modeling and hemolysis; his textbook in this area is soon to be published.  He also worked extensively in renewable energy, and solar power in particular.  He very much enjoyed teaching in our thermo-fluid sequences at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  His impact to our program was profound and his presence will be sorely missed.  Thank you Dr. Sharp!