Solid Mechanics, Design & Manufacturing

Photo of Katerina E. Aifantis Katerina E. Aifantis Associate Professor and MAE Faculty Fellow
(352) 392-6227

BS, Michigan Technological Univ, 2002,MPhil, Univ of Cambridge (Pembroke College), 2004,PhD, Univ of Groningen, 2005
Research Interests
Katerina E. Aifantis focuses on using solid mechanics for understanding materials behavior at the nanoscale. Through funding from the Basic Energy Sciences Office of the Department of Energy she tries to understand the effect that grain boundary structure and chemistry have on the strength of sub-micron scale materials.…

Photo of Thomas E. Angelini Thomas E. Angelini Associate Professor
(352) 392-6438

Professor Angelini received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of Illinois. His research interests include collective cell motion, mechanical instabilities in tissue cell assemblies, bacterial biofilm physics, soft matter physics, biomolecular self-assembly, and tribology of soft matter interfaces.
Ph.D., 2005, University of Illinois
Teaching Interests
Soft Biological Mechanics, Soft Tissue Mechanics, Data Measurement and Analysis, Vibrations.…

Photo of Nagaraj K. Arakere Nagaraj K. Arakere Associate Chair (Academic Affairs) and Professor
(352) 273-2849

Professor Arakere received his Ph.D. in 1988 from Arizona State University. His research interests include Damage mechanics of structural materials subjected to monotonic and fatigue loading, Fatigue life evaluation, Rolling contact fatigue, Spall propagation, Superalloys, Foams, Related constitutive and finite element model development, and Dynamics of rotor-bearing systems.
Ph.D, 1988, Arizona State University
Teaching Interests
Failure of materials in design, Fatigue, Fracture mechanics, Contact mechanics, Vibrations, Rotor dynamics
Research Interests
Fatigue, fracture, microstructure-sensitive design, monotonic and cyclic deformation response, Ultra-high strength bearing steels, Single crystal nickel-base superalloys, contact mechanics, fatigue spall propagation, and related constitutive and finite element model development.…

Photo of Michael Braddock Michael Braddock Senior Lecturer
(352) 392-3496

MSME, 2000, University of Florida

Photo of Oana Cazacu Oana Cazacu Professor and Charles Taylor Faculty Fellow
(850) 833-9350

H.D.R.(Habilitation a Diriger les Recherches), 2004, University of Lille, France D.S., 1995, University of Lille, France,
Research Interests
Damage, Metal Plasticity and Viscoplasticity, Rock and Soil Mechanics, Mechanics of Particulate Materials, Penetration Mechanics

Photo of Youping Chen Youping Chen Associate Professor
(352) 392-8494

Ph.D, 2002, The George Washington University
Research Interests
Concurrent Atomistic/Continuum Modeling and Simulations, Multiscale Mechanics of Biological Materials, Computational Materials Design

Photo of Nicolae D. Cristescu Nicolae D. Cristescu Graduate Research Professor Emeritus
(352) 392-6747

Professor Cristescu received his Ph.D. in 1955 from the Romanian Academy. His research interests include theory of plasticity, wave propagation, mechanics of continuous media, rock and soil mechanics, and the mechanics of particulate media.EducationPh.D., 1955, Romanian Academy,Research InterestsTheory of plasticity, wave propagation, mechanics of continuous media, rock and soil mechanics, mechanics of particulate media.

Photo of Dan Dickrell Dan Dickrell Associate Engineer
(352) 392-1196

EducationPh.D., 2006, University of FloridaTeaching InterestsEngineering Mechanics (statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials)
Engineering Design
Computer Programming for Engineers (LabVIEW and Matlab)Research InterestsComputational image analysis
Electrical contact mechanics
Engineering education methods for very-large enrollment courses

Photo of Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet Associate Professor
(352) 392-0812

Professor Greenslet received her Ph.D. in 1996 from Utsunomiya University in Japan. Her research interests include Magnetic field-assisted finishing; Surface functionalization and characterization; Ultra-precision surface finishing of optics; Surface and edge finishing of capillary tubes, catheter shafts and stents; and Medical device development.
Ph.D., 1996, Utsunomiya University, Japan
Teaching Interests
Manufacturing engineering, Fundamentals of production engineering, Nontraditional manufacturing engineering.…

Photo of Raphael T. Haftka Raphael T. Haftka Distinguished Professor Emeritus
(352) 392-9595

Ph.D., 1971, University of California
Research Interests
Aerospace design under uncertainty, modeling the effects of tests on structural design and safety, verification and validation of scientific simulations.

Photo of Yong Huang Yong Huang Professor
(352) 392-5520

Ph.D., 2002, Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Interests
Additive manufacturing of biological and engineering structures (using inkjetting, laser-induced forward transfer, and extrusion), precision machining, intelligent manufacturing.

Photo of Peter G. Ifju Peter G. Ifju Associate Chair (Faculty Development) and Professor
(352) 392-6744

EducationPh.D., 1992, Virginia Polytechnic InstituteResearch InterestsExperimental mechanics, moire interferometry, compositie materials, micro air vehicles.

Photo of David A. Jenkins David A. Jenkins Associate Engineer Emeritus
(352) 392-6105

Ph.D., 1973, University of Florida
Research Interests
Materials, structures, design, experimental stress analysis, instrumentation, failure analysis.

Photo of Nam-Ho Kim Nam-Ho Kim Professor and Daniel C. Drucker Faculty Fellow
(352) 846-0665

Dr. Nam-Ho Kim is presently Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. He graduated with a Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1999 and worked at the Center for Computer-Aided Design as a postdoctoral associate until 2001. He is an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and an Associate Editor of Journal of Mechanical Design and Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization.…

Photo of Ashok V. Kumar Ashok V. Kumar Associate Professor
(352) 392-0816

Ph.D., 1993, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests
Multifunctional structures, Finite Element Method, Geometric Modeling, Design Optimization and Rapid Prototyping.

Photo of Gary K. Matthew Gary K. Matthew Associate Professor Emeritus
(352) 392-0961

EducationPh.D., 1980, University of Florida,Research InterestsKinematics, Dynamics, Computer-aided design.

Photo of Gary Miller Gary Miller Courtesy Professor, Exactech, Inc.
(352) 377-1140
Photo of Shannon Ridgeway Shannon Ridgeway Lecturer
Photo of Bhavani V. Sankar Bhavani V. Sankar Professor
(352) 392-6749

Professor Sankar received his Ph.D. in 1984 from Purdue University. His research interests lie in the field of mechanics of composite materials and structures, especially micro-mechanics and fracture mechanics.
Ph.D., 1984, Purdue University
Teaching Interests
Aerospace structures, Mechanics of composite materials and structures, Fracture mechanics, Finite element analysis.
Research Interests
Composite materials and structures including impact- fracture- and micro-mechanics, textile composites, cellular materials and foams, sandwich construction, functionally graded materials, and integrated thermal protection systems.…

Photo of Malisa Sarntinoranont Malisa Sarntinoranont Graduate Coordinator and Professor
(352) 392-8404

Ph.D., 1999, U.C. Berkeley
Research Interests
Soft tissue biomechanics, physiologic fluid flow, and macromolecular drug delivery.

Photo of W. Gregory Sawyer W. Gregory Sawyer Ebaugh Professor
(352) 392-8488

Ph.D., 1999, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Research Interests
Soft Matter
Tribology – the study of friction wear and lubrication.

Photo of John K. Schueller John K. Schueller Professor
(352) 392-0822

EducationPh.D., 1983, Purdue UniversityResearch InterestsManufacturing, Controls, Machine systems, Off-highway vehicles.

Photo of Chelsey S. Simmons Chelsey S. Simmons Associate Professor
(352) 392-4365

Professor Simmons received her B.S. cum laude from Harvard University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. In addition to her engineering research and coursework, Simmons received a Ph.D. Minor in Education and was a founding officer and President of Stanford’s American Society for Engineering Education. She also serves on the advisory board of a company based on one of her pending patents.…

Photo of Henry Sodano Henry Sodano Daniel Drucker Faculty Fellow
(352) 273-2663

PhD, 2005, Virginia Tech
Research Interests
Multifunctional Materials, Nanocomposites, Piezoelectric Materials and Devices, Fiber Reinforced Composites, Energy Harvesting, Mechanics of Materials, Sensors

Photo of Douglas E. Spearot Douglas E. Spearot Professor
(352) 392-6747

Professor Spearot received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include: Computational mechanics and materials science (including atomistic simulations and phase-field modeling), behavior of defects in materials, nanostructured materials, linking between atomistic and continuum length scales, and method development for atomistic modeling.
Ph.D., 2005, Georgia Institute of Technology
Teaching Interests
Mechanics of materials, fracture mechanics, classical atomistic simulation methods.…

Photo of Ghatu Subhash Ghatu Subhash Ebaugh Professor

Ph.D., 1991, University of California San Diego
Research Interests
– Cutting-edge research in the areas of solid mechanics, material science and biomedical engineering – High strain rate and shock response of biomaterials and gels – Dynamic multiaxial response, characterization of deformation modes, and fracture behavior of structural ceramics, ultrahigh temperature materials, metallic glasses, 3D woven composites, structural foams, nanostructured materials, low density materials, and refractory metals – Processing-structure-property relationships in ultra-high temperature ceramics and ceramics – Development of novel test methods for low density materials and Experimental mechanics – Dynamic wear, Dynamic hardness, – Modeling of material removal mechanisms during high speed grinding of ceramics – Surface texture and friction in pavements – Bioinspired nanotechnology: Characterization of diatoms for biomedical and engineering applications – Hydroforming

Photo of Xin Tang Xin Tang Assistant Professor

Professor Tang received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include cell and molecular mechanics in cancer development and metastasis, cardiovascular system, and neurons; unconventional mechano-electrophysiology; quantitative in vivo/vitro functional bio-imaging; nanotechnology; and development of new biophysical tools to probe biological function/structure.EducationPh.D., 2013, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignTeaching InterestsSoft Matter Mechanics; Biomechanics at Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Scales; Quantitative Optical Bio-imaging;Research InterestsBiomechanics, Mechanobiology and Soft Matter:  Cell and molecular mechanics in cancer development and metastasis, cardiovascular system, and neurons; unconventional mechano-electrophysiology; quantitative in vivo/vitro functional bio-imaging; nanotechnology; and development of new biophysical tools to probe biological function/structure

Photo of Curtis R. Taylor Curtis R. Taylor Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs
(352) 392-4440

Dr. Curtis R. Taylor, Ph.D. directs the nanomechanics research lab at UF. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in solid mechanics. Nanomechanics deals with the study and application of fundamental mechanical properties of physical systems at the nanoscale, like elastic, thermal, and kinetic. The application of this research seeks to develop new technologies that utilize the unique properties of nano- and bio-materials.…

Photo of Roger Tran-son-tay Roger Tran-son-tay Professor
(352) 392-6229

Ph.D., 1983, Washington University
Research Interests
Biomedical engineering, rheology, fluid mechanics.