Faculty

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Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Machine learning applies to any situation where there is data that we are trying to make sense of, and a target function that we cannot mathematically pin down. The spectrum of applications is huge, going from financial forecasting to medical diagnosis to industrial inspection to recommendation systems, to name a few. The field encompasses neural networks, statistical inference, and data mining.

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Jess F. Adkins

Professor of Geochemistry and Global Environmental Science

Professor Adkins focuses on geochemical investigations of past climates using corals, sediments and their interstitial waters; Rate of deep ocean circulation and its relation to mechanisms of rapid climate changes; Metals as tracers of environmental processes; Radiocarbon and U-series chronology. Chemical oceanography.

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José E. Andrade

Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Professor Andrade's research focuses on developing fundamental understanding of the multiscale and multiphysical behavior of porous media, with especial application to geologic and engineered infrastructure materials.

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Domniki Asimaki

Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Professor Asimaki's research combines geotechnical engineering, computational mechanics and structural dynamics to study natural ground surface features and man-made geotechnical systems --such as ridges, valleys, dams, tunnels, building foundations and offshore structures. One of her research areas is the development of predictive models of soil and foundation response to seismic loading, another area is the engineering of 'green' foundation solutions for offshore wind farms, which are subjected to complex dynamic loading from wind, waves, currents and the cyclical motion of the turbine rotor itself.

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Harry A. Atwater, Jr.

Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science; Director, Resnick Sustainability Institute

Professor Atwater's research focuses on electronic and photonic materials and devices, photovoltaics, and materials for micromechanical devices.

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Joanna Austin

Professor of Aerospace

Joanna Austin's research is focused on fundamental problems in reactive, compressible flows across a broad range of applications, including hypervelocity flight and planetary entry, supersonic combustion and detonation, bubble dynamics, and explosive geological events.

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Alan H. Barr

Professor of Computer Science

Professor Barr's research involves (1) mathematical simulation methods for computer graphics (2) developing new types of mathematical and computational methods for the study of biophysical behaviors and structures and (3) technological leveraging for medical health care and new medical devices.

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James (Jim) L. Beck

George W. Housner Professor of Engineering and Applied Science

Professor Beck focuses on the development of theory and algorithms for stochastic system modeling, uncertainty propagation and Bayesian updating of dynamic systems and networks based on sensor data, treating both modeling and excitation uncertainty. The primary computational tools are advanced stochastic simulation algorithms based on Markov chain Monte Carlo concepts. Some applications of current interest are stochastic predictions of the performance of structural systems under earthquakes, reliability assessment of technological networks, fast automated decision making for mitigation actions based on earthquake early warning systems, earthquake source inversions from seismic sensor networks, damage detection and assessment from structural sensor monitoring networks, Bayesian compressive sensing, and a stochastic mechanics approach to quantum mechanics.

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Paul M. Bellan

Professor of Applied Physics

Professor Bellan focuses on experimental and theoretical plasma physics.

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Kaushik Bhattacharya

Howell N. Tyson, Sr., Professor of Mechanics and Professor of Materials Science; Executive Officer for Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Professor Bhattacharya studies the mechanical behavior of solids, and specifically uses theory to guide the development of new materials.  Current research concerns three broad areas: (i) Active materials such as shape-memory alloys, ferroelectrics and liquid crystal elastomers, (ii) Heterogeneous materials and designing unprecedented properties by exploiting heterogeneities, (iii) Coarse-grained density functional theory to understand defects in solids.

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Guillaume Blanquart

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Guillaume Blanquart focuses on modeling the interactions between combustion processes and turbulent flows. At the center of the work are fundamental problems such as the formation of pollutants, the effects of turbulence on the dynamics of nano-particles and liquid droplets, and various hydrodynamic and flame instabilities.

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Simona Bordoni

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering

Professor Bordoni is interested in the dynamics of important atmospheric processes that influence weather and climate. Her work specifically focuses on the dynamics of monsoon systems, and aims at understanding fundamental dynamical mechanisms which are implicated in their existence, their location and different geographical features, and which might help understand how monsoons change with changing climates.

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John F. Brady

Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering; Executive Officer for Chemical Engineering

John Brady focuses on fluid mechanics and transport processes, and complex and multiphase fluids.

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Jehoshua (Shuki) Bruck

Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Computation and Neural Systems and Electrical Engineering

Professor Bruck focuses on distributed computing, fault-tolerant computing, wireless systems, computation in neural and biological systems.

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Oscar P. Bruno

Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics

Prof. Bruno's work focuses on development of accurate, high-performance numerical PDE solvers capable of modeling faithfully realistic scientific and engineering configurations. Major theoretical and computational difficulties arise in associated areas of PDE theory, numerical analysis and computational science as a result of intricate and/or singular geometries as well as solution singularities, resonances, nonlinearities, high-frequencies, dispersion, etc. Recently developed Fourier Continuation (FC) and integral-equation techniques, which can successfully tackle such challenges, have enabled accurate solution of previously intractable PDE problems of fundamental importance in science and engineering.

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Joel W. Burdick

Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist

Professor Burdick focuses on robotics, kinematics, mechanical systems and control. Active research areas include: robotic locomotion, sensor-based motion planning algorithms, multi-fingered robotic manipulation, applied nonlinear control theory, neural prosthetics, and medical applications of robotics.

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Venkat Chandrasekaran

Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering

Chandrasekaran’s research interests lie in mathematical optimization and its application to the information sciences.

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Hyuck Choo

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Professor Choo studies micro-/nanoscale optics, micro-/nanofabrication, advanced microscopy/nanoscopy, and their applications to optical communication and biomedical imaging/sensing.

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Tim Colonius

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Colonius studes complex, multiscale flow phenomena and their control using theory and numerical experiments.  Application areas include instabilities, sources of sound, shock and bubble dynamics, and medical applications of ultrasound and shock waves.

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John O. Dabiri

Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering; Dean of Undergraduate Students

Professor Dabiri's research program develops new experimental and analytical methods in fluid mechanics in order to reveal the fundamental mechanisms that govern animal-fluid interactions. These methods are applied in laboratory and field studies of aquatic animals, and the knowledge that is gained is used to inspire new engineering technologies. The technology applications currently being pursued in the Dabiri lab include efficient and maneuverable underwater vehicles, fluid dynamic energy harvesting (e.g. wind and tidal energy), and biomedical diagnostics and therapies. Concurrently, the lab is using fluid mechanics to explain the relationships among form, function, behavior, and ecology of marine animals. A growing research effort in the Dabiri lab also studies the role of marine animals in ocean mixing dynamics and climate.

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