Speed School Researchers

Speed School faculty members and researchers are the leaders of our research enterprise. Their efforts support our mission to advance knowledge and to use that knowledge for economic development. Faculty members of our eight academic departments have established research excellence in exciting interdisciplinary areas including: energy and sustainability, advanced manufacturing and logistics, engineering human health, cyber-enabled discovery, advanced materials and nanoscience, and engineering education. This research is supported by a variety of Federal, State and Industrial sponsors.  A list of Speed School researchers appears below, along with their research interests and links to their labs.


ResearcherLabResearch Interest
Gina E. BertocciiRAP Lab

Injury biomechanics, rehabilitation, assistive technology, pediatric injury, child abuse detection, veterinary orthopedics

Karen Leigh BertocciWheelchair transportation and safety on fixed-route and paratransit vehicles; ADA accessibility in health care for individuals with mobility disabilities, disability outcomes, rehabilitation outcomes following total hip and total knee arthroplasty.
Ayman El-BazBioImaging Laboratory

The BioImaging Laboratory (Director: Dr. El-Baz) was established in August 2006 at the University of Louisville and is committed to excellence in research and teaching. The primary focal point of the BioImaging Lab is to develop and implement innovative and ground-breaking techniques for use in image-guided surgeries, and the creation of non-invasive image-based diagnostic systems, which can help to revolutionize the early diagnosis of numerous diseases and brain disorders. The work of the BioImaging lab has achieved worldwide recognition and is helping to pave the way for upcoming cutting-edge medical systems. The current research projects in the BioImaging lab include:

  1. Development of a new image-based technology for the early diagnosis of lung cancer (this technology has been licensed by PulmoCAD, Inc, St. Louis, MO),
  2. Development of techniques for the early diagnosis of Autism, based on using magnetic resonance images to analysis various brain structures (several companies show their interest to license this technology such as Siemens Medical Solution, Malvern, PA, and PulmoCAD, Inc, St. Louis, MO),
  3. Development of a new technology for the early detection of Acute renal rejection, based on using dynamic magnetic resonance images,
  4. Development of a new technology for the early diagnosis of prostate cancer using non-invasive diffusion magnetic resonance images, and
  5. Development of image based systems for the early detection of heart failure using tagged, cine, and late contrast magnetic resonance images.
Hermann B. Frieboes
  • Interdisciplinary development and implementation of experimental biology, imaging.
  • Analysis and prediction of solid tumor progression, vascularization, and response as a function of microenvironmental characteristics and therapy modalities.
  • Design and quantitative evaluation of optimized nanotherapy.
  • Application of computation and simulation for improved disease analysis and patient  management.
Guruprasad Anapathu GiridharanBiomedical device development and testing, physiologic control systems, mechanical circulatory support for Fontan circulation, and myocardial recovery strategies.
Robert Keynton

Development of Bio-Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (BioMEMS), nanofabrication, biomaterials, development of micro Total Analysis Systems (μTAS), experimental and computational microfluidics, experimental fluid mechanics, cardiovascular mechanics, and acoustic transducer design and fabrication

Steven Koenig

Biomedical engineering with broad research focus to understand the effect of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices on the heart and vasculature for the treatment of cardiac dysfunction, and how it may lead to pathologic remodeling.  Specific research interests include: biomedical instrumentation for investigating hemodynamic efficacy; elucidating mechanisms of recovery; and developing effective control strategies for MCS device-based therapy.  Our laboratory uses computer simulation, mock circulation, acute and chronic animal models, and human cadavers to comprehensively simulate and analyze the effect of MCS devices on cardiovascular function in compliance with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP). Our laboratory has extensive experience and expertise with hemodynamic data acquisition and analysis; MCS device hemocompatibility, safety, and reliability testing; and MCS device development.  Specifically, we’ve successfully tested and/or developed MCS devices with the following industry partners: Abiomed (AbioCor, Impella 2.5, Impella 5.0); HeartWare (HVAD, MVAD, tMVAD, biMVAD); UofL (AVD, Viscous Impeller Pump; Fontan Pump); SCR (Symphony); Thoratec (HM XVE, PVAD, IVAD, HM II, HM III, and HM X).

Currently, our research foci include:

  1. develop MCS therapy(s) to promote myocardial recovery in heart failure patients;
  2. develop MCS control strategies to deliver phasic flow with rotary pumps, and
  3. elucidating mechanism(s) of cardiovascular remodeling in heart failure patients.
Specific biomedical engineering expertise includes, data acquisition and analysis systems; biomedical instrumentation and transducers; FDA, IACUC and IRB approved protocols; blood trauma testing; and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) program.
Jonathan Kopecheck
Martin O'TooleDevelopment of stimulus-responsive biomaterials for use in medical applications of drug-delivery, wound healing, and tissue engineering.  Development of stimulus-responsive biomaterials of clinical releavance for diagnosing and treating various diseases.
Thomas Roussel
Kevin Soucy
Patricia SoucyThe field of tissue engineering strives to provide a viable option for these patients by developing functional and healthy tissues to aid for those with disease or damaged tissue.  The cells, material, and biological signals are critical components to success in this field.  The research in the Soucy lab focuses on using both synthetic and natural biomaterials as mimics of the natural extracellular matrix to direct tissue regeneration and for drug delivery applications.
Jill Marie Steinbach

My background, comprised of both Materials Science Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, provides me with the versatile experience to design and develop drug/gene delivery vehicles and biomaterials for physiologically difficult-to-deliver-to microenvironments. My long-term goals are to create drug and gene delivery vehicles that provide more efficacious prophylactics/treatments for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including acute and chronic (latent) infections. In addition to developing better vehicles that specifically target viruses and host cells, significant advancements can be made to rationally design delivery platforms targeted to the unique microenvironments where infection, latency, and reactivation occur. Gene and drug delivery vehicles, especially those suitable for delivery to the peripheral and central nervous systems (PNS/CNS) ‒ sites of HSV latency ‒ are still in the nascent stages of development. Similarly, the development of next-generation microbicides, offers burgeoning opportunities to create biomaterial combinations that can adapt to the acidic and mucosal intravaginal environment to provide multipurpose (contraceptive and viral) prevention modalities. Beyond these core research goals, I am excited to pursue collaborations involving the development of novel delivery systems for a wide range of pathologies including: cancer progression, virus infection, and delivery to generally challenging physiological environments.

Michael John Voor
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Mechanical Evaluation of Othopaedic Surgical procedures, including fracture fixation, total joint replacement, and spine fusion
  • Bone mechanics and remodeling
  • Bone grafts and bone graft substitutes

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Chemical Engineering

Researcher      LabResearch Interest
Delaina A. AmosCharacterization of polymeric molecules and their interaction with polyelectrolytes and surfactants at interfaces and in solution and their role in emulsion and membrane stability. The examination of the role of surfactant structure, solubilizate location, and molecular interactions in the formation of swollen and reverse micelles for environmental, biological, pharmaceutical and other novel applications. Ink formulation and stabilization chemistry and fluid dynamics in novel systems. Superparamagnetic chromatic nanoparticles. Semiconductor nanotubes. Dye-sensitized solar cells. Hybrid Quantum Dot LED materials and devices.
Eric BersonResearch focuses on the development and/or improvement of bio-processes where existing techniques are limited due to complexities with the working media such as multi-phases, high-solids content, and complex flow fields. Example applications include: conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals, characterization of fluid forces in complex (such as orbiting and sinusoidal) flow fields, correlations of fluid forces to biological responses, and characterization and kinetic modeling of enzymatic and anaerobic processes.  Integrating computational fluid dynamics with experimental work provides an excellent tool for overcoming limitations when experimental observations or measurements are difficult or impractical, such as in the analysis of biological systems and reactors for biomedical and energy applications. By experimentally validating certain conditions, the models can be extrapolated to more complex scenarios with a high degree of confidence. This provides a means for finding creative solutions to problems  that otherwise could not be solved with the same level of detail and accuracy or could not be solved at all.
Joel Fried


Xiao-An FuChemical Microsystem Lab

His research interests focus on microreactors simulation and design, using microfabricated microreactors for analysis of trace volatile organic compounds, breath analysis for disease biomarker discovery, microfabricated gas sensors, and microelectrodes for environmental  and biomedical applications. The goals of his reserach projects are to identify biomarkers of lung cancer and tuberculosis  in exhaled breath, urine and blood plasma for early diagnosis.  He is interested in obtaining fundamental understanding of transport phenomena and reaction kinetics in microreactors and the sensing mechanism of microsensors. He is developing innovative techniques for non-invasive diagnosis of diseases including lung cancer and tuberculosis.

Jim Gerstle


Gautam Gupta


Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh
Thomas L. StarrDr. Starr has conducted research in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology for nearly 20 years. Over the past several years Dr. Starr’s investigation of mechanical performance of metal alloys fabricated by LS has produced some of the only openly-available data on fatigue performance of these materials. His prior work includes evaluation of stereolithography (SLA) tooling for ceramic injection molding, use of powder delivery laser deposition (LD) for combinatorial alloy development, and powder bed laser sintering (LS) for additive manufacturing of plastic and metal parts.  His research aims to create better understanding of the laser sintering process for both metals and polymers and how process parameters affect mechanical performance.  His work with polymer LS led to a new correlation among process parameters that better relates to mechanical performance.  This “energy-melt-ratio” is uniquely suited to investigation of new and higher temperature polymers.
Mahendra Sunkara

Current research interests include renewable energy technologies such as solar cells, Li Ion batteries, production of hydrogen from water and process development for growing large crystals of diamond, gallium nitride and bulk quantities of nanowires, novel carbon morphologies.

James Charles WattersJim's research interests include water treatment and conservation, process safety and health issues and education pedagogy.  Goals of the research include: Water, wastewater and groundwater treatment and recovery, and  developement of novel teaching and learning methodology related to delivering engineering courses.  His research has been funded in the past by NSF, DOE and  Commonwealth of Kentucky agencies.
Gerold Willing

Colloidal Suspensions, Complex Fluids, Colloidal Stability, Solar Thermal Energy Systems, Water Utility Materials, Rubber Degradation, Hydrogels, Applied Separation Processes, Atomic Force Microscopy

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Civil & Environmental Engineering

Researcher      LabResearch Interest
Nageshwar Bhaskar                     
  • Sustainable Flood Plain Delineation and Management
  • Deterministic and stochastic hydrology;
  • Storm water management including analysis of combined sewer systems;
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of dams; dam safety analysis;
  • Reservoir operation and safe yield analysis;
  • Application of statistical methods in water    resources engineering including frequency analysis of floods and low-flows; regionalization of flood data;
  • Application of remote sensing and GIS concepts in hydrologic modeling and water resources.
  • Applications and extensions of operations research techniques to engineering and management studies, in particular, water resources engineering;
  • Systems analysis of single and multiple reservoir systems; mathematical optimization techniques; statistical analysis;
  • Modeling water quality in surface water systems; and
  • Modeling of water resources systems using simulation methodologies; flood simulation and damage analysis.
Michael Croasdaile

Developing methods to assess stream restoration projects; understanding causes and sources of habitat impairments in Kentucky streams; understanding interactions between fine sediment transport and bed substrate (causes and impacts of embeddedness); using time series data to understand behaviour of complex environmental systems; using dendrogeomorphic methods to understand bank erosion processes; developing sediment budgets for coarse and fine sediment loads; applying fundamental knowledge about transport, chemical reactions, and biological processes to understand the mobility and fate of a fairly wide range of environmentally-relevant substances, including sediments, nutrients, and pathogens.

My current research goals include understanding the source and cause of impairments in the Sinking Creek watershed (Laurel County) and Brushy Creek watershed (Pulaski County); understanding the overall state of stream health and threats to water quality in the Jessamine Creek watershed (Jessamine County); and developing methods to quantify the hydrological and water quality changes due to stream restorations projects throughout Kentucky.

Mark French
  • Water resources, hydraulics, hydrology, water supply, water treatment, hydrologic forecasting, rainfall, runoff, flooding
  • Effective teaching methods, evaluation rubrics for engineering courses, online instruction techniques
Omid Ghasemi Fare
Young H. KimIn the area of research, Dr. Kim has focused on the design, and on assessing the structural performance of innovative materials.  His research findings provide extensive, reliable and rational design methods for bridge structures using Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC).  His focus is on innovative materials and the durability of composites materials, including Glass-Fiber Reinforced Polymer reinforcement (GFRP). His recent research includes accelerated construction, health monitoring, and mitigation and rehabilitation for bridge structural members.

Zhixia (Richard) Li

William McGinleyDr. McGinley is a structural engineer and building scientist with an excess of 25 years of research and forensic engineering practice in building systems.  He is a recognized expert in masonry building systems, as well as masonry building envelopes. Dr. McGinley's research has included basic research on the structural performance of masonry walls, anchors, strengthening of masonry walls, water penetration experiments on envelopes and the thermal evaluation of steel stud wall systems. He has also been involved in, multidiscipline efforts on the evaluation of the energy systems of existing buildings and demonstration projects evaluating energy related technologies such as condensing heat exchangers and thermal mass effects of night time ventilation.
Dr. McGinley’s prime focus at the University of Louisville is to expand his research into the evaluation and improvement of the performance of infrastructure systems including structural systems for buildings and bridges, pipe systems and storage facilities.  He is  also looking at ways in which distributed sensor systems can be deployed to improve the long term performance of the infrastructure, improve security and reduce maintenance costs.
Dr. McGinley is also continuing to explore his interest in sustainability and energy efficiency of structures and civil engineering systems. He teaches LEED building design and Energy Auditing a Green Energy Class with Dr. Tom Rackaway.  He has also collaborated with faculty in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical engineering to develop proposals related to energy efficiency in buildings. He is also a research associate in the Conn Center in the area of Energy efficiency and Holistic building design.
    J. P. MohsenNon Destructive Evaluation of Structures and Pavements,  Finite Element Analysis, Pavement Design and Construction
    Arthur C. Parola

    As the director of the UofL Stream Institute, Dr. Parola has led the restoration of more than 23,622 m of stream channels and the creation or restoration of hundreds of acres of associated wetlands. Characteristics of the restoration sites have varied widely: contributing drainage areas of less than 1 km2 to approximately 306 km2; channel substrates of clay, silt, sand, gravel, and cobble in floodplains composed of materials ranging from clay to loess to laminated layers of silt over gravel; high-gradient headwater valleys to extremely low-gradient coastal plain bottomlands; and highly urbanized to primarily agricultural to heavily forested watersheds.

    Dr. Parola and the team of graduate and undergraduate students, staff, and faculty who make up the institute have pioneered numerous new methods for assess¬ment, design, construction, and monitoring of stream and wetland restoration projects. Their design methods, developed in collaboration with construction contractors, integrate concepts and techniques from engineering, geomorphology, and ecology. This multi¬disciplinary approach has been essential to the restoration of self-sustaining stream-and-wetland complexes. One of the fundamental components of this design approach has been the use of two-dimensional numerical modeling to design the valley topography and the planform characteristics of channels. A second fundamental component of this approach has been to restore both ground¬water and surface water processes in the floodplain and channel. By raising the water table, the Stream Institute has been able to restore hydrologic con¬ditions that support extensive riparian wetlands. In some sites, this has required modifying groundwater flow with the construction of underground dams, a technique developed in collaboration with Tom Biebighauser of the US Forest Service. Through similar collaboration with other biologists, the Stream Institute has been able to incorporate hydrologic and morphological design components that support habitat requirements of resident aquatic organisms, including threatened and endangered species.

    Another significant component of several Stream Institute restorations has been consideration of neighboring built environments or farmlands. Riparian landowners have frequently suffered property damage and loss as a result of historic and recent channel manipulation and land use practices. In consultation with landowners and other watershed stakeholders, Dr. Parola has developed designs that have enhanced, rehabilitated, and/or re-created stream and wetland systems while also augmenting pasture, reducing flood levels in residential areas and farmlands, or otherwise improving the utility and condition of nearby property. Thus, the restoration projects benefited not only the stream ecosystems but also the stakeholders who used nearby land and infrastructure.

    Thomas Rockaway

    In Kentucky and throughout the United States the distribution and transportation infrastructure is growing older … but not gracefully. Gradual deterioration of roadways and bridges, water and sewer systems, and gas and electric distribution networks eventually produces critical failures and disruptions. Inspection, maintenance and repair of these massive systems is a challenge with important consequences for the public welfare. New technologies need to be identified, developed and demonstrated to allow cost-effective maintenance and repair of major infrastructure elements. The Center for Infrastructure Research serves as a focal point for research and development on aging infrastructure issues. The Center for Infrastructure Research is a strong partnership between UofL, utilities and industry formed to research, educate and solve urban infrastructure-related issues and problems. The Center is a technical resource, knowledge center and educational provider for utilities, industry and the community.

    Engineering Improvements In Pavement Structures Prevent Street Flooding

    Zhihui Sun

    Dr. Sun's research interests focus on construction materials, early-age properties of concrete, non-destructive testing, microstructure, and numerical simulation.

    She studies hydration kinetics of cementitious materials for concrete; material characterizing on nano/micro-structural level for concrete during setting; micro-structure and mechanical properties of recycled aggregate concrete; testing and health monitoring of concrete at early age.

    Qian Zhao

    Geoenvironmental Engineering

    Physical and Chemical Properties of Organoclays

    Engineered Material

    Contaminant Transport and Modeling             

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    Computer Engineering & Computer Science

    Researcher   LabResearch Interest
    Nihat AltiparmakDr. Altiparmak's research interests lie in the area of systems, specifically focusing on storage systems, distributed systems, and networking. In particular, he investigates efficient storage and retrieval strategies for large datasets using multi-disk distributed and heterogeneous storage architectures. Besides the storage and management of Big Data, he is also interested in network security and localization problems in wireless sensor networks.
    Antionio Badia


    Dar-Jen ChangVisualization and Intensive Graphics (VaIG) Lab

    Computer Graphics, Computer Games, and GPU Data-Parallel Computing.

    Ahmed H. DesokyDigital Signal Processing, Data Compression and Coding, Communications, Control Systems, Embedded Systems, Cryptography and Digital Security
    Adel S. ElmaghrabyNetwork and Information forensics, Biomedical Imaging, Multimedia and Virtual Reality Systems. Artificial Intelligence, Performance Evaluation, Computer Modeling and Simulation.  Human-Machine Systems.  Logistics, Automation and Manufacturing. Distributed Systems, Bioinformatics applications.
    Hichem Frigui


    Maria Garcia-Zapirain


    Ibrahim Imam


    Mehmed Kantardzic

    Data mining & knowledge discovery, machine learning, soft computing, click fraud detection and prevention, concept drift in streaming data,  distributed intelligent systems

    Anup KumarMINDS Lab
    Adrian Peter LaufAerial Robotics LabEmbedded systems, ad-hoc networks, MANETs, unmanned aerial systems, networking, security.
    Olfa NasraouiKnowledge Discovery and Web Mining LabResearch interests include data mining, machine learning, mining high dimensional, sparse, heterogeneous or unstructured data and evolving data streams; Web personalization and profiling, intelligent user modeling, intelligent information retrieval and recommender systems.
    Juw Park


    Eric RouchkaBioinformatics and Biomedical Computing Lab

    Dr. Rouchka's current research interest is in the areas of developing algorithmic approaches for understanding transcriptional and translational control in genomic sequences through the use of high-throughput molecular biology techniques such as microarrays and next generation sequencing.  He has additional interest in microarray analysis, genomic segmentation, contig assembly, sequence assembly validation, location of large scale polymorphic sites, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis, repeat analysis, genomic evolution, and sequence motif detection.

    His general areas of expertise lie in bioinformatics, computational biology, big data, and next-generation sequence analysis.

    Roman YampolskiyCyberSecurity LabIntersection of Artificial Intelligence and Security, in particular, research in pattern recognition (biometrics, artimetrics, and network intrusion), evolutionary computation (approximation of solutions to NP-complete problems, wisdom of artificial crowds), game security (CAPTCHA), AI safety and forensic analysis of DNA data.  Safeguarding cyber-infrastructure and making computers safe and reliable.
    Hui Zhang

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    Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research

    ResearcherLabResearch Interest
    Thad Druffel                  


    Robert Hickman
    Jacek Jasinski
    Tatiana Krentsel
    Jinjun Liu


    Andrew Marsh
    Eunice Salazar  
    Jagannadh Satyavolu


    Josh Spurgeon
    Gamini Sumanasekera

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    Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Researcher   LabResearch Interest
    Bruce AlphenaarAlphenaar Research Lab

    Micro/nano Electronics and Sensors, Photovoltaics, Energy Harvesting, Wide Band-gap Semiconductor Devices.

    Amir AminiMedical Imaging Lab

    Physics and mathematics of medical imaging, Cardiovascular Imaging, MRI of flow and motion, image-based cardiovascular mechanics, mathematical image analysis. Research conducted at the medical imaging lab involves development of novel bioimaging methods for both acquisition and processing of medical images with the goal of obtaining quantitative information related to disease pathophysiology. Current focus of activities are  in the area of cardiovascular MRI and Ultrasound, as well as lung X-ray CT. For additional information about his research and publication record, please visit Dr. Amini's google scholar page

    Robert Cohn
    • Nanotechnology
    • Soft Matter
    • Polymers
    • ElectroOptic
    Aly Farag

    Dr. Farag research focus is model-based computer vision and image understanding with practical and biomedical applications. His contributions have been in active computer vision, image modeling, segmentation, registration, and object reconstruction.

    Andre FaulMicroelectronics, Wireless Communications, Antennas, RFID Telemetry
    Cindy Harnett Harnett Lab Research interest is in three overlapping areas: bendable microelectromechanical structures (MEMS), microfluidics, and sensor networks. Am exploring flexible structures with more than one stable shape, because they can perform ultra-low-power actuation and sensing. Also looking to these compliant structures for new electrode geometries in microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems.
    Tamer Inanc

    Autonomous Robotics, Nonlinear Trajectory Generation for UAVs, Robust Active Vision Systems, Robust Control and Identification, Biometrics and Biomedical Problems.

    Hongxiang LiMobile communications and wireless networks.
    John H. LillyDr. Lilly's research interests lie in the areas of nonlinear control and identification utilizing fuzzy logic.
    Michael McIntyre
    • Control Applications for Electrical Energy Systems, Electrical Machinery, Power Electronic Interfaces, Renewable Sources, Smart Grid Applications, and Advanced Battery Management Systems.
    • Electric Transportation Systems such as Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Electric Vehicles, and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles
    • Signal Estimation for Electrical Energy Systems
    Shamus McNamara
    • Microelectronics
    • MEMS
    • Gas microfluidics
    • Thermoelectric materials
    • Sensors
    • Low power tunneling current sensors
    • Accelerometers
    • Micro-resonators
    • Body Heat Powered Drug Delivery Devices
    • Photolithography
    • Grayscale lithography
    John Naber
    Dan Popa
    Kevin M. Walsh

    MEMS Computer-Aided Design Facility

    MEMS Testing and Packaging Lab

    MEMS, No-power Sensors, Nanotechnology, Bistable Devices,  Novel 3D Microfabrication Strategies, Engineering Education.
    Karla Welch

    Cyber-Human Systems, Robotics, Human-Computer/Human-Robot Interaction, Affective Computing, Physiological Signal Processing, Machine Learning Adaptive Response Technologies, Technology for Individuals with Autism, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Engineering Education

    Huacheng Zeng
    Jacek M. ZuradaComputational Intelligence LabDr. Zurada has authored several textbooks (Introduction to Artificial Neural Systems, Active RC Filters), edited several volumes (Computational Intelligence: Imitating Life, Knowledge-based Neurocomputing, Computational Intelligence: Research Frontiers) and has over 370 publications in computational intelligence, data mining, image/signal processing, bioinformaticFs and microelectronic systems. His original research discoveries include the lambda learning rule of a neuron, a technique for salient feature detection in neural network models, an algorithm for drug dosing prediction, methods of extraction of logic rules from data (including bioinformatics and text data), and the invention of the dynamic switching hysteresis and switching margins for fast VLSI logic circuitry. His research contributions have resulted in about 7500 citations.

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    Engineering Fundamentals

    ResearcherLabResearch Interest
    Mara Broering                        Dr. Broering's research background is in the area of computational fluid dynamics (CFD).  The topic of his dissertation was the study of tandem flapping wing configurations, similar to a dragonfly, using a Navier-Stokes flow solver.  The focus of the study was to determine how vortex shedding from the fore wing influences the vortex generation of the hind wing and what effect this has on the hind wing’s lift and thrust production.  Applications of this research include the development of micro air vehicles (MAVs), which typically utilize a flapping wing design due to the inefficiencies of fixed wing configurations at the low Reynolds numbers typically encountered in MAV flight.
    Gale J. Crush
    Gary EisenmengerWhile not currently involved in any research projects; Mr. Eisenmenger holds four U.S. Patents related to the construction and automotive industries.
    Jeffrey Lloyd HiebSince completing his Ph.D. Jeff has focused his research efforts in the area of cyber-security for Industrial control systems.  He and Dr. James H. Graham, also of the Speed School of Engineering, have been working on developing high assurance security solutions for industrial control system field devices.  In 2013 they were awarded a patent for their work on a security architecture for field devices.
    James Eugene LewisDr. Lewis has research interests in parallel and distributed computer systems, cryptography, engineering education, undergraduate retention,and technology (Tablet PCs) used in the classroom.
    Jacqueline McNeil
    Adrienne Parsons
    Patricia A. Stark RalstonDr. Ralston has done research and published in the discipline-specific areas of process modeling, simulation, and control, but her recent interests center on engineering educational research.  Specifically, she has studied the effective use of Tablet PCs in engineering education, the incorporation of critical thinking in undergraduate engineering education, and retention of engineering students.  Currently, she is working collaboratively to develop interdisciplinary research avenues investigating learning and motivation with goal that results will inform the development and empirical assessment of interventions to promote retention and success in engineering. Oversees GEARS
    Gary Rivoli
    Brian Robinson
    Angela Knight ThompsonDr. Thompson's research has focused on the biomechanics of pediatric injury with the aim of aiding clinicians, child services, judicial, and law enforcement personnel in distinguishing between abusive and accidental injuries in children. Additionally, she has interests in engineering education, particularly in the areas of first-year education and critical thinking instruction.
    Larry D. TylerDr. Tyler has done interdisciplinary research in the area of active noise attenuation, but his primary scholarship activity have been in curriculum development and teaching effectiveness.

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    Industrial Engineering

    Researcher     LabResearch Interest
    Suraj M. Alexander                        Dr. Alexander has been the PI or Co-PI on over $10 million of funded research from organizations, such as, the National Science Foundation, DHS, GE, Navy, IBM, Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation, Jeff Boat, Brown Forman, Henry Vogt, UKCRMS, and others.  He has authored and coauthored over 200 publications in refereed journals, and proceedings.   He has mentored over 150 PhD, M.Eng, and MSIE students.
    Kihwan BaeAreas of Logistics, Transportation, and Healthcare applying simulation and network optimization methods.
    Lihui BaiDr. Bai's research interests are centered around applying operations research and quantitative systems modelling to areas such as transportation network design, supply chain and logistics, and energy systems.
    Kevin Chou
    Gail W. Depuy
    • Manufacturing Logistics Systems
    • Healthcare Process Engineering
    • Experimental Design
    Monica Gentili
    Elizabeth Gentry
    Erin Gerber
    Kevin Gue


    Arselan Palshi
    Jason Saleem
    John S. Usher

    In the area of scholarly research, Dr. Usher has acted as PI or Co-PI on approximately $8 million worth of funded research for organizations such as such as the Office of Naval Research, Defense Logistics Agency, National Science Foundation, IBM, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and General Electric. He has authored over 40 papers in refereed journals, over 70 publications appearing as conference proceedings, book articles, and technical reports.  He has successfully directed over 100 PhD, M.Eng, and MSIE theses and projects in a variety of industrial engineering related topics.

    Li YangDr. Yang’s primary research interest focuses on additive manufacturing (3D printing). More specifically, he is interested in the design for additive manufacturing (DFAM) with emphasis on structural and process design and development. His recent research includes additive manufacturing with ceramics and the design and fabrication of 3D cellular structures with additive manufacturing.

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    Mechanical Engineering

    Researcher   LabResearch Interest
    Sundar Atre                       
    Thomas Berfield
    Matt R. BohmAutomated conceptual design generation, realization of function, avoidance of design fixation, complex systems health monitoring and diagnostics, and root cause/fault detection and avoidance.
    Roger D. BradshawFinite element analysis methods applied to determination of material properties and structural characterization, physical aging and time-dependent response of polymers and polymer matrix composites, modeling behavior of microcantilever beams operated as sensors and related MEMS devices.
    Ellen Gail BrehobShe has been involved in research related to the development of a numerical model for a microfluidic device, a thermal model of a solar heat pipe wall, and thermal model of a building wall with phase change material.
    W.G. CobournAir quality modeling
    Jared Cole Gragg
    • Digital Human Modeling
    • Slips, trips, and falls
    • Reliability and uncertainty
    • Human dynamics and control
    • Biomechanics
    William Patrick HnatResearch interests include stress analysis, experimental mechanics, orthopaedic biomechanics of the hip and spine, acoustics, and vibrations.
    Kunal Kate
    Yongsheng Lian
    Kevin D. MurphyProf. Murphy's research interests include nonlinear dynamics, vibrations and stability, as well as solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, and signal processing. Particular applications involve using vibrations in structural health monitoring (SHM), adhesion/sticking contact in MEMS devices, and vibrations in manufacturing problems.
    Gary Osborne
    Sam Park

    Multiphase transport in electrochemical power and conversion devices including, fuel cells, flow batteries, energy storage systems, and chemical sensors. Biomass and biofuel.

    Glen Prater JRDesign software development, energy efficient vehicles, vehicle modeling and simulation, acoustics and vibration.
    Peter Quesada
    Srinivasan Rasipuram
    Christopher RichardsLinear and Nonlinear Vibrations, Dynamics and Control.  Mechatronics Systems, Robotic and Co-Robotic Systems.
    Michael Sharp
    Hui Wang
    Stuart WilliamsResearch within this lab is focused on investigating micro- and nano-scale fluid phenomena. At this scale there are a number of phenomena that dictate hydrodynamic behavior that would normally be negligible in the macro-scale domain including thermal, optical, electrical, and capillary forces. These forces are utilized to design and fabricate novel microfluidic devices capable of a variety of tasks; some examples include (i) hydrodynamic pumping without moving parts, (ii) droplet generation, (iii) particulate trapping and/or sorting, (iv) biological characterization, and (v) self-assembly. Microfluidic investigations are centered around Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). This laboratory is well-versed in PIV and can obtain a picture of flow fields within micrometer-sized fluid channels. Our goal is to explore the fundamental physics associated with microfluidic hydrodynamics, electrokinetic mechanisms, and colloid-based phenomena and develop related applications involving enhanced engineered materials or point-of-care diagnostics.

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